The North Carolina fencing team had a solid outing at the Brandeis Invitational led by the strong play of the men’s team.
The men’s team went undefeated in six matches. The team started off with wins over Cornell, Brown, the University of the Incarnate Word and MIT. They were fueled by big performances in the sabre.
The final two matches were a different story. Despite quality wins over Yale and Brandeis, the Tar Heels lost the sabre against both schools. It was the epee that stepped up to help the Tar Heels finish the competition 6-0.
The women’s team also had a strong showing. They had a very rough start, losing to Cornell 17-10, which was a team they beat handily in previous competitions. Head Coach Ron Miller shard his thoughts on the women’s performance in the opening match.
“Just a situation where they were not in the ballgame,” Miller said. "They were not great.”
The women then went on to win three straight matches behind their play in the sabre and foil. Then the Tar Heels ran into another roadblock against Yale, losing a 14-13 heartbreaker. However, in the final matchup, the women finished on a high note.
Who stood out?
Junior Jacob Henkels led the way for the men’s epee, coming in clutch towards the end when they needed it most.