DURHAM, N.C. - The Duke men's and women's fencing teams will take on four teams, including North Carolina, this weekend at the Penn State Duals in State College, Pa.
The Duke men, ranked No. 7, and Duke women, No. 10, will face the Tar Heels, Drew, Haverford and Penn on Saturday, Jan. 28. The men are coming off of a 4-2 showing at the Philadelphia Invitational last weekend, while the women bring a flawless 5-0 record into Saturday's meet.
Led by freshman foil Rod Shayesteh (15-3), freshman epee Dylan Nollner (16-2) and junior saber Anthony Lin (15-3), the Duke men have outscored their first six opponents 119-43 and racked up at least 22 points in all four victories. Those aforementioned three fencers lead their respective weapons in victories, while eight of Duke's nine starters have at least 10 wins.
The Duke women are coming off of a dominant season-opening performance at the Philadelphia Invitational in which they defeated all five opponents by at least 17 points. Two-time NCAA Saber Champion Becca Ward and sophomore saber Kodia Baye-Cigna both posted perfect 15-0 records, while fellow saber Sean Cadley went 14-1. Duke's sabers, coming off of a 22-1 record in 2011, will be the strength of the team this season. The epees and foils also dominated in Philadelphia as well, as epees Sarah Collins, Emily D'Agostino and Mary Tung all went 11-1, and foil Lily Shepard paced her squad with a 14-1 record.
Following the one-day event at Penn State, Duke will take part in the Northwestern Duals on Feb. 4-5 in Evanston, Ill.