The North Carolina fencing teams cooled off after a fast start at the Northwestern Duals this past weekend.
Both the men's and women's teams had great showings in their first day of competition. Each team collected wins against high-quality opponents.
The women started their day strong with a dominant 20-7 victory over Lawrence in Round One. After another convincing win against Fairleigh Dickinson, the ladies topped a talented California-San Diego team, 16-11. The Tar Heels followed that with another great win against Wayne State, a top Division II school, 22-5. The women finished the day 5-0.
The men also had a terrific start. UNC earned an opening round victory against Wayne State. The Tar Heels more than doubled their score, winning 19-8. They went on to win three straight bouts, including one against the host school, Northwestern. They ended the day facing Ohio State. Despite a strong performance from the foil team, the Tar Heels lost a close contest, 14-13, to finish the day 4-1.
The men's and women's teams did not have the same success on the second day. The squads picked up multiple losses on Sunday.
The women collected a victory against Stanford, 15-12, to get Sunday’s competition started. UNC also picked up quality wins against Incarnate Wood and Caltech, before suffering its first loss against Air Force, 18-9. The Tar Heels were unable to rebound, losing their next game, 19-8, to Temple. The team was able to salvage its day by beating Detroit Mercy, 23-4, in the final match, completing a 4-2 record for the day.
The men also won their opening match against Lawrence. However, they lost their following match to California-San Diego, 14-13, in a contest that went down to the wire. Just like the women, the men lost a second in a row against Stanford. After a win against Caltech, the men lost again, 15-12, to Air Force. They were able to end the day on a high note, by defeating Detroit, 24-3, taking their record for the day to 3-3.