A lack of mental toughness and experience continued to plague the North Carolina fencing team this weekend in State College, Pa.
The Tar Heels participated in the Penn State Invite, where the men went 1-3 and the women went 1-4 against a field that included Columbia, Penn State, Pennsylvania, Haverford and Temple. The teams' only wins came against Haverford — the men winning 17-10 and the women 20-7.
“It was an interesting weekend for us,” Coach Ron Miller said. “We started the weekend pretty much at full strength for a change because everyone is back from study abroad and nobody had the flu.”
Although the teams had just a single win, Miller was happy with their performances but said they needed to work on consistency, which comes with experience.
“We still need to have consistency in bouts that goes to what is called 5-4, which is (when) they’re tied at four and then one touch to win,” Miller said. “It was an issue for us in November, and it continued to be an issue for us this weekend.”