The North Carolina women’s fencing team finished 8-1, and the men finished 6-2 at the Philadelphia Invitational. The Tar Heels' teams combined for a record of 14-3 in the two-day, 20-team tournament hosted by the University of Pennsylvania.
The UNC men’s team started the tournament 4-1, with its only loss coming in its first match to NYU, 17-10. The Tar Heels bounced back from the early loss, beating out Sacred Heart (17-10), NJIT (15-12), Haverford (16-11) and Johns Hopkins (15-12).
The UNC women dominated its first day, going 6-0 on the day with an undefeated epee team. The Tar Heels bested Cornell (17-10), Sacred Heart (18-9), NJIT (15-12), Drew (20-7), Johns Hopkins (16-11) and FDU (19-8).
Both teams went 2-1 on the second day, with each of the losses coming from close matches against Yale teams.
“The most disappointing losses were the ones to Yale,” head coach Ron Miller said. “The men, in particular, had beaten them earlier in the year. And we were just a little less consistent in two of the weapons, versus the first time we fenced them.”