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North Carolina fencing teams combine to fare 16-6 at Northwestern Duals

Amanda Lalezarian (UNC) preparing to lunge during a match. The UNC Women's Team placed 3rd at the ACC Fencing Tournament on Sunday, February 26, 2017.`
Buy Photos Amanda Lalezarian (UNC) preparing to lunge during a match. The UNC Women's Team placed 3rd at the ACC Fencing Tournament on Sunday, February 26, 2017.`

The North Carolina fencing teams cooled off after a fast start at the Northwestern Duals this past weekend. 

What happened?

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. 

Who stood out?

The women’s foil came up huge in the match against California-San Diego, while the epee did the same against Stanford. Each group earned big points for their team when the other swords were outplayed. 

The men’s sabre squad was the team’s strongest group. The group was 8-3 in matches and provided several dominating performances throughout the weekend.  

When was it decided?

The women's winning streak was halted and it appeared to have derailed into their big match against Temple. However, the women rebounded with a win after that bout.

The men's team was also on a winning streak of its own until its matchup against Ohio State. The team came so close, but just fell short. The game seemed to be a turning point for them in  the competition, as they were able to produce the same positive results that they were able to before. The men had a strong showing after the bout against Ohio State.

Why does it matter?

The Tar Heels were coming off an impressive performance at the Philadelphia Invitational, where both teams went undefeated. This success was carried over to Chicago as each team won its first four games. 

The Tar Heels have had a strong start to the new year. UNC wants to go into Durham next week and have strong performances to give the team momentum heading into the ACC Championships. 

When do they play next?

The Tar Heels travel to Durham for the Duke Dual Meets this weekend. 

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