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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Dina Bazarbayeva's three wins against Penn State helped NU beat the Nittany Lions, 17-10.
    Dina Bazarbayeva's three wins against Penn State helped NU beat the Nittany Lions, 17-10.

    Feb. 10, 2013

    Site: Durham, N.C. (Card Gym)
    Duke 14, NU 13 (F: 6-3; E: 2-7; S: 5-4)
    NU 17, Penn State 10 (F: 4-5; E: 8-1; S: 5-4)
    NU 18, North Carolina 9 (F: 9-0; E: 5-4; S: 4-5)
    NU Record: 34-7
    Next NU Event: Feb. 15-Feb. 18-- USA Fencing Junior Championship (Baltimore, Md.)

    DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 7 Northwestern notched decisive wins over No. 5 Penn State and North Carolina, but fell to the host Blue Devils at the Duke Duals in Durham, N.C. Sunday. The Wildcats moved their overall record to 34-7 with two more wins at the one-day meet.

    The Wildcats got off to a troublesome start on the day. A late adjustment to the schedule had NU facing the host Duke Blue Devils in the opening round Sunday morning. Despite strong showings by the foil and sabre squads that produced three-point and one-point victories, respectively, Northwestern could not over come a 7-2 loss in epée as the team fell in the opening match of the day, 14-13. It was the first one-point defeat of the season for the Wildcats and the first since Feb. 4, 2012.

    Seniors Chloe Grainger (sabre) and Dayana Sarkisova (foil) each won all three bouts against the Blue Devils.

    NU shook off the early loss and rebounded with authority against the fifth-ranked Penn State Nittany Lions in its second match of the day. The epée squad in particular responded well in posting an 8-1 victory that was the difference in a 17-10 triumph for the team. The victory marked the first time this season that the seventh-ranked Wildcats toppled a team slotted above them in the Coaches poll.



    Dina Bazarbayeva and Courtney Dumas each won all three of their epée bouts and 2012 All-American Kate Cavanaugh added a pair in the significant victory. Senior Alicia Gurrieri also won three sabre bouts during the round.

    In the second meeting in seven days, Northwestern had little trouble knocked off the North Carolina Tar Heels in the day's final round. After trouncing the Tar Heels 22-5 at the NU Duals on Feb. 3, NU doubled up UNC this time around, winning 18-9. The Wildcats won five epée bouts and the Heels countered with five wins in sabre; however, the 'Cats dominated on the foil strip by shutting out their foes, 9-0.

    Northwestern will break away from team competition next weekend when six Wildcats will travel to Baltimore, Md. for the USA Fencing Junior Championship. The group qualified for the event at the event at the Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier at Patten Gymnasium in December.


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