The North Carolina fencing team had a strong showing in the snow-shortened Philadelphia Invitational on Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s teams swept their opponents 4-0 en route to a dominant showing.
The No. 12 men’s team (13-8) and the No. 16 women’s team (12-9) traveled to Pennsylvania this weekend, hoping for two full days of fencing against nine opponents. Unfortunately, adverse weather in Philadelphia forced roads to shut down, resulting in only four of nine opponents showing up: New York University, Sacred Heart, Haverford and Brown.
“We had to check out of the hotel," head coach Ron Miller said, "fence as many schools as we could, then get on the road and come home.”
Regardless, the team was able to handle the opponents that did show up — and get some valuable experience along the way.
First, the Tar Heels faced Sacred Heart. Both men’s and women’s teams won handily in saber, foil and epee. In all of the three categories, opponents never earned more than eight points.
In the next match of the day against NYU, the competition for the women’s team was similar to the first duel, as they dominated in a 21-6 rout.
The competition for the men was tougher, but they managed to edge out a 14-13 win. This is the second year in a row that the Tar Heels have beaten the Bobcats.
In the third round, North Carolina played Haverford, one of the best Division 3 schools in the country, and once again impressed, with the women’s team delivering a 22-5 victory and the men following up with an 18-9 win.