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    Wildcats Roll at NU Duals

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Tina Umanskiy was one of several underclassmen to earn crucial wns for the Wildcats.
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    Tina Umanskiy was one of several underclassmen to earn crucial wns for the Wildcats.
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    Nov. 17, 2012

    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Patten Gymnasium)
    Scores:
    Northwestern 24, Iowa 3
    Northwestern 27, Lawrence 0
    Northwestern 24, Indiana 3
    Northwestern 24, Michigan 3
    Northwestern 24, Michigan State 3
    Northwestern 24, Purdue 3
    Northwestern 27, Minnesota 0
    Northwestern 26, Wisconsin 1
    Records: NU (11-0)
    Next NU Event: Sunday, Dec. 2 -- Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier (Evanston, Ill.), 9 a.m.

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    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern won all eight of its rounds on Saturday by a combined score of 275-16. Coupled with three wins on Friday night, the Wildcats were victorious in against all 11 opponents that they faced in the NU Duals at Patten Gymnasium in Evanston, Ill.

    Northwestern began the morning with its first convincing win of the day against the Iowa Hawkeyes. The sabre team picked up seven wins in the opening round led by Alexandra Pollack, Cara Franke and Alicia Gurrieri, each of whom won twice.

    [NU Duals Recap with Laurie Schiller]

    The foil team won eight of its nine bouts, while six different fencers combined for a clean sheet against Iowa to help the Wildcats secure a 24-3 triumph in the match.

    Northwestern posted its first shutout of the day in the second round with a 27-0 showing against Lawrence. Jen Yamin and Charlotte Sands collected three foil victories apiece, while the epée team of Courtney Dumas, Dina Bazarbayeva and Kendrick Mooney also went undefeated against Lawrence. Lawrence's sabre unit was shorthanded with only two fencers and the Wildcats rolled in all six bouts that were contested.

    The morning continued against Indiana. After the foil and sabre teams staked the squad to a 17-1 lead, the epée team faced a bit of adversity. The Hoosiers won two of the first three bouts to take an early lead, but Olivia Lim, Kaitlyn Wallace, Helen Foster and Bazarbayeva rallied and did not lose another bout through the rest of the round.

    The 'Cats trumped Michigan, 24-3, with that match ending in dramatic fashion. Foster fought in the last bout of the round and she needed overtime to secure a thrilling 4-3 victory.

    After a brief break for lunch, Northwestern began the afternoon session against the Michigan State Spartans. The Wildcats continued to dominate the opposition with its fourth 21-point victory of the day. All three teams went 8-1 against MSU with Mikela Goldstein, Chloe Grainger and Gurrieri all winning three bouts in three tries.

    In round seven, Northwestern faced off against Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were without a sabre squad, so the 'Cats won 9-0 in that weapon. The foil squad also won all nine of its bouts and the epeeists also went undefeated in what would be their last round of the afternoon. NU's final opponent, Wisconsin, did not field an epée squad for this competition.

    The Badgers squeaked out one win in the final women's round of the day, as the Wildcats won with ease, 26-1.

    The NU Duals continue Sunday, however, the competition has concluded for the Wildcats. Northwestern's next event will be the Illinois Junior Olympic Qualifier on Dec. 2 at Patten.

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