DURHAM, N.C. - On Sunday, No. 8 Temple Fencing traveled to Duke University for four meets, in which it went 3-1.
The day started with an 18-9 victory over Brandeis University. In the second round, UNC fell to the Owls 17-10. The day continued with a 19-8 result over Air Force, before the Cherry and White finally fell short against No. 10 Duke by a 12-15 score.
Leading the way all day long was the foil squad, which went 4-0, including 8-1 scores over UNC and Air Force and 7-2 over Duke. Epiphany Georges (8-1) set the pace, with Alyssa Lomuscio and Mikayla Varadi (7-1 each) not far behind. Teagan Kilpatrick (5-1) and Danielle Jones (2-3) complete the powerhouse group.
Chantal Montrose had the best day in epee, finishing at 8-2. Kimberly Howell went 5-4, while Jillian Bratton recorded a 3-6 result. Krystal Jones had a breakout day, going 5-3, including a 4-1 record in bouts decided in overtime or by one touch.
Sabre struggled, going 2-2 as a squad, earning victories over Brandeis and Air Force, but falling short against UNC and Duke. Kamali Thompson (5-3) registered the most wins, followed by Andrea Haley (3-3), Tasia Ford (3-6), Lauren Rangel-Friedman (2-1), Tiki Kastor (2-5), and Emily Dodson (1-2).
"As a team, our fencing was somewhat off our normal standards today," said Assistant Coach Bradley Baker. "Foil continues to dominate opponents every week, which is good to see. The goal now is to take lessons from today's meets and come back in two weeks to finish out the regular season with strength and enter into post-season play."
Temple Fencing returns to action at 10am on Saturday, February 25 in the friendly confines of McGonigle Gym at the Temple Invitational, where the Owls square off against four opponents ranked in the top 10 in the country, including No. 1 Penn State and No. 2 Princeton.