DURHAM, N.C. – After both squads pulled out wins over top-10 teams last weekend at the Penn State Duals, the Duke fencing team will face another test at the Eric Sollee Invitational at MIT this Sunday, Feb. 6.
The 10th-ranked Duke men (8-2) pulled out a 16-11 win over defending NCAA Champion Penn State last weekend on the Nittany Lions’ home strips. The Blue Devil epees were unbeatable in that bout, working over the Lions for a perfect 9-0 mark. That shutout was the team-leading third of the season for the epees, who are 8-2 and have outscored their opponents 73-17.
The 11th-ranked Duke women (8-2) also recorded their top-10 victory last weekend when they took down No. 8 Penn 16-11 at the Penn State Duals. The women have matched the men’s performance at each of Duke’s first two tournaments this year, posting 4-1 record at each. Led by 2009 NCAA Saber Champion Becca Ward and 2010 All-America epee Emily D’Agostino who are both 28-2 on the year, the Blue Devil women are on pace to best the program-record 17-9 record they posted in 2010.
The Duke men will face squads from host MIT, NYU, Penn, Yeshiva, Hunter and Penn State. The women will take on MIT NYU, Penn, Penn State, Yeshiva and Hunter.
Following the Eric Solle Invitational, the Blue Devils will host the annual Duke Home Meet in Card Gym on Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13. The two-day event, in its 13th year, features the men’s competition on Saturday and the women’s duals on Sunday.