Jan. 11, 2014
2014 Western Invitational Champions|
Arrillaga Center Stanford, Calif.
STANFORD, Calif. -- Northwestern improved to 16-0 this season with five more wins Saturday as the Wildcats captured the Western Invitational championship at the Arrillaga Center in Stanford, Calif. The 'Cats toppled Stanford, UC San Diego, Caltech, Air Force and Florida by a cumulative score of 113-22.
After defeating Stanford in a dual meet Friday night, 17-10, the Wildcats faced the host squad in a rematch to kickoff Saturday's action. Northwestern faced little resistance the second time around as they posted an 18-9 triumph to open competition at the Western Invitational. NU's foil squad won all nine of its bouts against Stanford.
The 'Cats clashed with UC San Diego in the second round and fenced their way to a 20-7 victory. The foilists continued to fence well with eight more wins in round two, while the epée squad added seven more victories.
NU posted its first shutout of the calendar year in round three. The Wildcats bested Caltech, 27-0, marking the sixth time this season that they blanked an opponent.
Head coach Laurie Schiller's bunch rounded out the afternoon with a 23-4 triumph over Air Force and a 25-2 victory over the Florida Gators. The epée and sabre squads won nine bouts apiece against USAFA and the epée team also went undefeated in the finale against Florida.
Full individual results from the Western Invitational will be available soon.
The 'Cats will be back in action next weekend at the United States Fencing Association (USFA) January North American Cup in Virginia Beach, Va. The next dual meet is slated for Saturday, January 25 in New York City at the NYU Duals.
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