The North Carolina fencing team had a solid weekend in Durham, with both men’s and women’s teams going 4-1. Each team’s lone loss came to host and rival Duke.
The men’s team competed Saturday and started off the day with wins against Johns Hopkins and MIT. In the 19-8 win against Johns Hopkins, men’s sabre dominated 8-1. UNC bested MIT 16-11 and swept all three weapons, barely scraping by 5-4 in epee and sabre.
Against No. 9 Duke, UNC’s men struggled to find a rhythm and fell 19-8. But the team was able to rebound with back-to-back 19-8 wins over Boston College and Air Force. The men defeated the Golden Eagles and the Falcons in all three weapons.
On the women’s side, the Tar Heels started Sunday on a high note, taking down No. 8 Northwestern 15-12. The match was tight, with UNC squeaking out 5-4 victories in each weapon. After dispatching MIT 18-9, UNC took on the No. 10 Duke Blue Devils.
The Tar Heels fell 7-2 in epee, which proved to be the difference as they lost a thriller, 14-13. UNC’s women were able to finish the day with a 14-13 win against Boston College and a 17-10 victory over Air Force.