Jan. 26, 2014
Dave Micahnik Fencing Center • Philadelphia, Pa.
PHILADELPHIA-- Seventh-ranked Northwestern wrapped up a challenging weekend on the strips by posting a 4-1 record Sunday at the Philadelphia Invitational. The Wildcats won three times on Saturday at the NYU Invitational and now own a 23-4 dual meet record during the 2013-14 campaign.
NU opened the competition Sunday morning by taking on Johns Hopkins, a team receiving votes in the CollegeFencing360.comcoaches poll. The 'Cats had little trouble with the Blue Jays, posting a 22-5 victory. The epée and sabre squads posted eight wins apiece for Northwestern against JHU. In epée, Northwestern All-Americans Dina Bazarbayeva and Courtney Dumas each went 3-0 against Johns Hopkins. Freshmen Cindy Oh and Julia Abelsky also went undefeated in sabre for Northwestern.
In the second showdown of the day, the Wildcats squared off against No. 9 Temple. The two teams have had many close battles over the past several seasons and Sunday's dual was no exception. Each weapon was decided by a single bout, but unfortunately for the 'Cats, each pivotal point went the way of the Owls and Temple picked up a 15-12 triumph. Dumas, foilists Stephanie Chan and Jen Yamin, and sabre newcomer Ania Parzecki all posted a pair of wins against Temple.
After falling to the ninth-ranked team, NU was tasked with battling the eighth-ranked squad and the tournament hosts, Penn. The sabre squad dropped a 5-4 decision and the foil squad lost, 7-2, but Northwestern's dominant effort in epée helped it post an 8-1 advantage in that weapon and a thrilling 14-13 win for the match. Dumas and Bazarbayeva went undefeated once again in epée, while freshman Mandeep Bhinder added two victories of her own. Parzecki paced the sabre squad against Penn with two wins.
The final two opponents for the Wildcats also fell into the receiving votes category of the CF360 poll. First up was Cornell. Bolstered by a 9-0 sweep in sabre, the 'Cats cruised to an 18-9 win over the Big Red. The freshmen trio of Abelsky, Oh and Parzecki each won three times for Northwestern versus Cornell.
In the finals against Sacred Heart, NU's foil squad won all nine of its bouts to help the team earn a 16-11 win, its fourth of the day. Juliana Barrett added two epée wins for the Wildcats. Junior Katherine Kim, sophomore Mikela Goldstein and freshman Stephanie Chan posted the sweep in foil.
Northwestern returns to Evanston next weekend to host the two-day NU Duals at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion. The 'Cats will fence six duals on Saturday, Feb. 1 and four more on Sunday, Feb. 2. Fencing on both days begins at 8 a.m. Prior to the start of action on Saturday, Northwestern's lone senior, Bazarbayeva, will be recognized in a brief ceremony.
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