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    Wildcats Win Three Matches at NU Duals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Dayana Sarkisova is one of eight senior fencers who will be honored Sunday.
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    Dayana Sarkisova is one of eight senior fencers who will be honored Sunday.
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    Feb. 2, 2013

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Henry Crown Sports Pavilion)
    Scores:
    NU 22, UCSD 5 (F: 6-3; E: 9-0; S: 7-3)
    Temple 15, NU 12 (F: 4-5; E: 6-3; S: 5-4)
    OSU 21, NU 6 (F: 7-2; E: 6-3; S: 8-1)
    NU 23, Fairleigh Dickinson 4 (F: 9-0; E: 9-0; S: 5-4)
    NU 21, Cal Tech 6 (F: 8-1; E: 8-1; S: 5-4)
    NU Record: 28-5
    Next NU Event: Sunday, Feb. 3-- NU Duals (Evanston, Ill.)

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- No. 7 Northwestern opened its final home meet of the season Saturday with three wins on the first day of the NU Duals. The Wildcats took down UC San Diego, Fairleigh Dickinson and Cal Tech by a combined score of 66-20 at the Henry Crown Sports Pavilion (SPAC).

    NU went 3-2 overall Saturday with its losses coming to a pair of top-10 teams, Temple and Ohio State. The Wildcats are 28-5 overall this season and remain just two victories shy of winning at least 30 matches for the ninth-consecutive season.

    The Wildcats kicked off the morning by rolling through the UC San Diego Tritons, 22-5. The epée squad led the charge behind nine wins in the opening round with freshman Kaitlyn Wallace contributing three of those nine successes.

    NU Duals Highlights

    In the second round Northwestern faced a rematch with the ninth-ranked Temple Owls. NU knocked off the Owls, 14-13, at last Saturday's Philadelphia Invitational, but this time around Temple got its revenge with a 15-12 triumph. NU's foil squad won 5-4, but the epée and sabre units fell short in their quests. Foilist Dayana Sarkisova went 3-0 including a thrilling come-from-behind 5-4 win in her final bout of the match.

    Facing another rematch from last weekend, the Wildcats came up on the losing end a second-straight time against the defending national champions, No. 4 Ohio State. In a battle of Midwest Fencing Conference foes, the Buckeyes took down Northwestern, 21-6.

    The resilience of the 'Cats showed itself in a 23-4 trouncing of Fairleigh Dickinson in round four. Both the epée and foil squads pitched 9-0 shutouts in the win. Foilist Katherine Kim picked up her first three wins of the season in the match, while senior Alicia Gurrieri added three of her own in sabre.

    Many of Northwestern's underclassmen gained valuable experience in a 21-6 win against Cal Tech to close the first session. Freshmen Sally Park, Olivia Lim and Mikela Goldstein all won bouts in the round, as did sophomore Sonali Patel. Patel was fencing epée for the first time this season after training in sabre during the fall.

    The NU Duals continue Sunday at SPAC. The morning begins at approximately 7:40 a.m. with a brief ceremony to honor Northwestern's eight senior fencers and its team manager, who will all be appearing in Evanston for the final time in their careers. The Wildcats will open by fencing against Stanford at 8 a.m.

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