The North Carolina fencing team found its form at the Philadelphia Invitational on Saturday, turning in its most complete performance of the year, with the women going 5-0 as the men went 4-1.
The Tar Heel women opened the day with a 15-12 win over Cornell, thanks in large part to UNC winning seven of the nine bouts in foil. After a pair of 23-4 victories over Sacred Heart and Farleigh Dickinson, the Tar Heels defeated New Jersey Institute of Technology 22-5, leaving one more match against Drew University.
The Rangers took the first bout of the match, but UNC won the final 26, giving the Tar Heels a 26-1 victory and a perfect record on the day.
UNC’s men also found their stiffest competition in the day’s first match, as they fell to NYU 16-11. In the second match of the day, the Tar Heels trailed Sacred Heart 12-6, needing to win eight of nine saber bouts to salvage a victory. But UNC did just that, going 8-1 and pulling out a 14-13 victory.
North Carolina won its final three matches of the day, defeating John’s Hopkins (16-11), NJIT (14-13), and Haverford (23-4) to finish the day 4-1 overall.