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Fencing Hosts Annual Home Meet This Weekend
Monday 02/11/2011  -  Duke Sports Information
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DURHAM, N.C. – The Duke fencing program will host its annual home meet this Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 12-13, in Card Gym on Duke’s West Campus. The men will open the event on Saturday at 9 a.m., while the women fence on Sunday at the same start time.

For the first time in the event’s 13-year history, GoDuke.com will stream the event live. Fans can access the live footage by clicking the Video button on the GoDuke.com homepage.

Day one of the event will feature six men’s bouts with start times of 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. The ninth-ranked Blue Devils (14-3) open the day against John Hopkins and follow with matches against No. 2 Notre Dame and North Carolina.

Day two features three women’s bouts at the same staggered start times. Duke (14-3) and Northwestern open the women’s matches with a 9 a.m. showdown before North Carolina and Northwestern take the strip at 10 a.m. and Duke and North Carolina square off at 11 a.m. in the event’s finale.

Each of Duke’s matches against rival North Carolina will count a half point toward the Continental Tire “Battle for the Blues,” which pits the two schools against each other in a year-long, all-sports competition. North Carolina currently leads the competition 10-3. Fans can follow the event by clicking here.

Of the four-team men’s field at the Duke Home Meet, the Blue Devils have faced only North Carolina, which they defeated 19-8 at the Penn State Duals. The Duke women also took down the Tar Heels 25-2 in their last meeting.

Both Duke teams have been red hot through the first half of the season and both have a chance to break their respective wins records. The Duke men, who went 19-4 in 2008, can break that mark if they win their final six matches, including the three bouts this weekend. The Duke women, who set the record with a 17-9 campaign in 2010, need to win four of their next six bouts.

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