The North Carolina fencing team showed improvement against some of the top talent in the nation.
The UNC men’s and women’s fencing teams faced a tough test at the Ohio State Elite Invitational. Both teams showed that they were up to the task by getting key victories in the opening rounds during the first day of competition. The men took care of Cleveland State defeating the squad, 22-5. The women also beat the Vikings by a large margin, 21-6. The men also edged Cornell by a score of 14-13.
Both the men and the women lost every other match to close out the first day. Each team showed their ability to compete with some quality showings against high-ranked teams. The men lost by a single point to Northwestern and hung tight with Ohio State in a 17-10 loss.
The theme of the second day was similar. Each team had a win, along with some respectable loses. The men’s team had a 15-12 victory over Princeton and the women had a 16-11 win against Cornell.
Both teams did, however, suffer a tough loss to ACC rival, Notre Dame. The Irish used a dominant 9-0 finish in the foil to handily defeat both Tar Heel teams. Head coach Ron Miller went into greater detail on the loss.
“It wasn’t that we didn’t fight against Notre Dame, there was something missing.”
Despite, the tough defeat, Miller is very proud of the improvement his team showed.
If you look at the same competition last year, we probably showed a 20-30 percent improvement,” he said.