Though the Penn fencing team enjoyed a strong performance at the Penn State Invitational in State College, Pa., they were treated rudely by their hosts, with both the men’s and women’s squads falling to the Nittany Lions.
Despite the losses, both the men and women were able to register victories over fellow guests Duke, Haverford and North Carolina in their first action of the semester.
Both squads received strong performances from their foil squads. The men’s foil team was instrumental in the win over Duke, going 8-1 to seal a 15-12 victory over the Blue Devils. On the women’s side, the foil team went undefeated on the day, even notching a 5-4 win over the Nittany Lions in a losing cause.
Both squads were outclassed against Penn State. The foil loss set the tone for the men’s match, as the Red and Blue were never close and fell, 20-7. For the women, a 5-4 win in epee to go along with the foil upset was rendered moot, as a brutal 9-0 loss in saber crushed the Quakers on their way to a 17-10 defeat.
With the 3-1 results, Penn has positive momentum as the team heads towards its next match. Both teams will be back in action again on the 26 when they compete at Temple’s Philadelphia Invitational, gaining the privileges of rematches with both Duke and Haverford.
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