Feb. 1, 2014
||NU Duals - Day 1
Henry Crown Sports Pavilion Evanston, Ill.
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Seventh-ranked Northwestern began the NU Duals with five victories to just one, one-touch, loss on Saturday, the first day of the two-day event at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion in Evanston, Ill.
The competition began Saturday for the Wildcats with a matchup against the UCSD Tritons. Having already defeated their West Coast foes once this season at the Western Invitational, the 'Cats were looking for more of the same. NU took care of business in the opening round by defeating the Tritons, 18-9. Northwestern's epée squad won 8-1 and the foilists topped the opposition, 7-2. UCSD got the best of the battle in sabre, winning 6-3.
Northwestern All-Americans Courtney Dumas and Dina Bazarbayeva each won twice in epée in the first round, while freshmen Kayla Kelch and Sarit Kapon both went undefeated in three foil bouts apiece.
Round two called for a rematch against No. 9 Temple, a team that narrowly got the best of the Wildcats at the Philadelphia Invitational on Jan. 26. Bolstered by a spirited cheering section, Northwestern rose to the occasion and posted a convincing 17-10 victory this time around. Both the sabre and foil squads won 5-4 for the home team, but the real damage came in epée. Bazarbayeva, Dumas and Kaitlyn Wallace teamed up to win seven times for the 'Cats to knock off the opposition, 7-2.
The third round featured another rematch from six days ago, this time versus No. 8 Penn. In Philadelphia, the Wildcats topped the Quakers, 14-13, but in Evanston, the Ivy League squad flipped the script and pulled out a one-touch win of their own. The Wildcats held the upper hand in sabre (7-2) and epée (5-4), but Penn won eight of nine foil bouts to avenge last Sunday's loss. Freshmen Ania Parzecki led NU with three wins in the match against Penn.
The Wildcats faced Duke for the first time this season in the fourth round of the meet. After dropping a close decision in Durham, N.C. last season, the Purple and White exacted revenge this time around with a resounding 19-8 triumph.
Against the Blue Devils in sabre, Parzecki and Cindy Oh went undefeated, while Julia Abelsky picked up two wins. Stephanie Chan, Mikela Goldstein, Katherine Kim and Kelch all posted victories in foil. Bazarbayeva went undefeated in three epée bouts and Dumas and freshman Mandeep Bhinder each won two times against Duke.
After a down round and a lunch break, the Wildcats took to the strips once again to battle Cal Tech. NU won with ease, 26-1, as both the sabre and epée units went undefeated. Several NU fencers were worked into the lineup against CIT. Tina Umanskiy, Stella Pointeau and Sarah Bruhl combined to post an 8-1 victory in foil. Pazrzecki, Oh and squad captain Cara Franke together won all nine sabre bouts. Finally, Juliana Barrett, Christina Allen and Wallace formed NU's undefeated epée squad against Cal Tech.
Northwestern's first day concluded with an 18-9 triumph against Tufts University. Alex Kain and Kimmy Fishman picked up wins in foil. Bhinder and Wallace went unbeaten in epée. Abelsky and Parzecki led the sabre group with two and three wins, respectively in the final round.
Complete results from Northwestern's bouts are available in the PDF at the top of this page.
Prior to the start of fencing Saturday, Bazarbayeva was honored in a brief ceremony before she began the final home meet of her Northwestern career.
The Wildcats return to the strips Sunday at 8 a.m. against Fairleigh Dickinson. The 'Cats will also fence North Carolina No. 1 Princeton and Lawrence on Sunday.
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