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Fencing Nets Three Wins at Penn State Duals
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 01/12/2014
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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Duke men’s fencing team went 2-3 and the women went 1-3 at the season-opening Penn State Duals Sunday afternoon.

The Duke men took down Haverford (23-4) and Drew (26-1) while falling to Columbia (16-11), Penn State (18-9) and Penn (18-9). The women’s win came against Haverford (21-6) with losses to Columbia (19-8), Penn State (17-10) and Penn (20-7).

“We struggled at times against three very strong schools, but we're encouraged by the veteran leadership of Dylan Nollner, Eddie Chen, and Isabella Barna,” head coach Alex Beguinet said. “In addition, freshmen Joseph Lam, Julia lee and Rita Somogyi posted strong results for their first collegiate meet. We have some work to do over the next two weeks, but the group who shows up in Philadelphia should be more cohesive and able to challenge any team on our schedule.”

Chen led the men’s epee squad with a 9-6 record, while Nollner posted an 8-4 record to help the epees go 3-2 on the day. Alessio Santoro and Jake Wiener also posted winning marks for the epees, going 7-5 and 4-2, respectively.

Lam went 9-5 in his Duke debut to help the foils to a 2-3 record. Chris Sullivan also went 6-5. Christopher Monti paced the men’s sabers with an 8-7 mark, while Eugene Chung went 6-6 and Charles Copti finished 6-4 to help the squad to a 2-3 record.

In women’s epee, Barna and Somogyi turned in matching 7-5 records as their squad went 2-2 on the day. The women’s sabers, led by Kodia Baye-Cigna’s 6-4 mark and freshman Angelica Hubbard’s five wins, matched the epees with a 2-2 record.

Freshman women’s foil Julia Lee won seven of 12 bouts in her season debut as the foil squad went 1-3.

Duke will send a select few fencers to the North American Cup on Jan. 18-21 in Virginia Beach, Va., and then return to team competition at the Philadelphia Invitational on Jan. 25-26.

Duke Men (2-3)
Duke 23, Haverford 4
Duke 26, Drew 1
Columbia 16, Duke 11
Penn State 18, Duke 9
Penn 18, Duke 9

Men’s Foil (2-3)
Chris Sullivan: 6-5
Rod Shayesteh: 4-8
Michael DeVito: 3-2
Joseph Lam: 9-5

Men’s Epee (3-2)
Alessio Santoro: 7-5
Dylan Nollner: 8-4
Edward Chen: 9-6
Jake Wiener: 4-2

Men’s Saber (2-3)
Eugene Chung: 6-6
Christopher Monti: 8-7
Charles Copti: 6-4
Brian Cucinelli: 5-3

Duke Women (1-3)
Duke 21, Haverford 6
Columbia 19, Duke 8
Penn State 17, Duke 10
Penn 20, Duke 7

Women's Foil (1-3)
Anisha Mukherjee: 4-6
Julia Lee: 7-5
Samantha Lee: 3-8
Jessica Kang: 0-3

Women's Epee (2-2)
Isabella Barna: 7-5
Mary Tung: 3-9
Rita Somogyi: 7-5

Women’s Saber (2-2)
Kodia Baye-Cigna: 6-4
Elizabeth Malcolm: 3-8
Angelica Hubbard: 5-7
Tara Mullen-Boustiha: 1-2