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Duke Tops Two Top-10 Foes at Temple Duals
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 02/22/2014
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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Duke’s final meet of the 2014 college fencing season pitted the Blue Devil men and women’s teams against a combined seven ranked opponents at the Temple Duals, and the Blue Devil men came away with a win over No. 5 Princeton, while the women upended No. 10 St. John’s Saturday at McGonigle Hall.

The No. 10 Duke men (20-8) took down Princeton 16-11 in the first bout of the day but followed with losses to of 16-11 to No. 8 St. John’s and 16-11 to No. 2 Penn State. The women (17-13) fell 15-12 to No. 8 Temple, 19-8 to No. 1 Princeton and 15-12 to No. 6 Penn State but bounced back to edge St. John’s 14-13 in the final meet of the day.

The women’s sabers played hero against St. John’s, rolling past the Red Storm 7-2 to bolster four wins from the epees and three from the foils. Senior Kodia Baye-Cigna won all three bouts against St. John’s, while Angelica Hubbard and Libby Malcolm chipped in two wins each.

The Duke men won all three weapons against Princeton, 6-3 in epee, 5-4 in foil and 5-4 in saber. Freshman foil Joseph Lam and senior epee Dylan Nollner swept the Tigers to open the day, while epee Alessio Santoro, foil Rod Shayesteh and sabers Nick Carothers and Eugene Chung both won two bouts against Princeton.

Santoro and freshman saber Christopher Monti led the Duke men with matching 6-3 records on the day. Monti finished the regular season atop the Duke wins chart with a 62-20 record, while Santoro also eclipsed the 50-win mark with a career-best 52-22 mark.

For the Duke women, epees Isabella Barna and Sarah Collins amassed team-best 8-4 record, while Baye-Cigna went 7-5. Collins, who rejoined Duke prior to the Northwestern Duals, compiled a team-best winning percentage of .797 with a 47-12 record. Meanwhile freshman foil Julia Lee, who led the foils with a 6-6 mark Saturday, finished the regular season as the team leader in wins with a 62-24 record.

Duke will now get two weeks to prepare for the NCAA Mid/South-Atlantic Regionals in Lafayette College, Pa. The event serves as a qualifier for the NCAA Championships, which take place March 20-23 in Columbus, Ohio.

Duke Men’s Fencing Results
Temple Duals
Philadelphia, Pa. (McGonigle Hall)
Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014

Duke 16, Princeton 11
Epee: V, 6-3
Foil: V, 5-4
Saber: V, 5-4

St. John’s 16, Duke 11
Epee: D, 3-6
Foil: D, 3-6
Saber: V, 5-4

Penn State 16, Duke 11
Epee: D, 4-5
Foil: D, 3-6
Saber: D, 4-5

Men’s Epee (1-2)
Jacob Wiener (2-7)
Dylan Nollner (5-4)
Alessio Santoro (6-3)

Men’s Foil (1-2)
Chris Sullivan (1-8)
Rod Shayesteh (5-4)
Joseph Lam (5-4)

Men’s Saber (2-1)
Nick Carothers (3-6)
Eugene Chung (5-4)
Christopher Monti (6-3)

Duke Women’s Fencing Results

Temple 15, Duke 12
Epee: V, 5-4
Foil: D, 4-5
Saber: D, 3-6

Princeton 19, Duke 8
Epee: D, 3-6
Foil: D, 1-8
Saber: D, 4-5

Penn State 15, Duke 12
Epee: V, 6-3
Foil: V, 5-4
Saber: D, 1-8

Duke 14, St. John’s 13
Epee: D, 4-5
Foil: D, 3-6
Saber: V, 7-2

Women’s Epee (2-2)
Rita Somogyi (2-10)
Isabella Barna (8-4)
Sarah Collins (8-4)

Women’s Foil (1-3)
Julia Lee (6-6)
Samantha Lee (3-9)
Anisha Mukherjee (4-8)

Women’s Saber (1-3)
Libby Malcolm (3-9)
Angelica Hubbard (5-7)
Kodia Baye-Cigna (7-5)