Eighth-ranked Temple goes undefeated to capture Duke Invitational
DURHAM, N.C. - It was five duals and five wins for No. 8 Temple fencing at the Duke Invitational on Sunday, as the Owls defeated Brandeis, UNC, Air Force, Duke and MIT to win the overall title at the meet. The Owls, who are now 26-6 for the season, won trophies for both epee and sabre as those squads did not drop a single match on the day.
"Everyone on the team contributed today," head coach Nikki Franke said. "The competition was very good and everyone was out to beat us. The girls had their work cut out for them but they did a good job for the most part."
Six Temple fencers lost only one bout all day, including senior Tasia Ford (8-1), junior Lauren Rangel-Friedman (8-1) and junior Tiki Kastor (7-1), all in sabre. For the epee squad, freshman Rachael Clark went 10-2, freshmen Alexandra Keft and Noelle Baptiste went 6-1, sophomore Jessica Hall went 9-2, and senior Chantal Montrose went 6-2.
Freshman Miranda Litzinger led the foil squad with a record of 8-3, while sophomore Fatima Largaespada was 7-3 and senior Epiphany Georges finished 6-3. Freshman Kristen Kemnitzer dropped only a single bout, going 3-1.
Temple's first win of the day was by its largest margin, 23-4 against Brandeis. The sabre squad was 9-0, while the epee squad finished 8-1.
The Owls' foil and epee teams both went 7-2 in Temple's 19-8 win over UNC, and epee was undefeated with a 9-0 record in the Owls' 20-7 win against Air Force.
Temple's fourth dual of the day was against host Duke, and the Owls pulled out the win by a score of 16-11. All three squads had winning records, with sabre winning 6-3 while foil and epee won 5-4.
In their final dual of the day, the Owls bested MIT by a score of 20-7. The epee squad had the best record of 8-1, while the foil squad went 7-2.
"The foil competition we faced today was particularly strong," said Franke. "Overall, it was a great meet with sabre and epee going undefeated. We were able to work on some things, and now most of the team will have next weekend off which will be some much-needed rest. We've been going non-stop since early January."