February 8, 2002

Fencing Squad Duels In Four-Team Match

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The fencing team returns home tomorrow for a four-team matchup at 11:00 a.m. The fencers will look to consolidate the momentum earned last Sunday, when they went 3-1 to salvage a good weekend after losing to Harvard and NYU the previous day.

James Madison, Ivy League rival Princeton and Fairleigh Dickinson will be the Red’s three opponents. Cornell previously traveled to Fairleigh Dickinson for the NIWFA tournament on December 2, 2001.

Cornell will be returning home for the first time since January 20, when it defeated Drew 20-7. In addition, the team should be hungry for success in what is scheduled to be its only remaining contest in Ithaca. After this week, the Red travels to Columbus for the USFA Junior Olympic Championships from February 15-18, followed by contests in Philadelphia and Poughkeepsie, NY before the Northeast Regional Championships.

In the matchup against Princeton, Cornell will be looking for its second Ivy League victory of the season. The Red defeated Brown 16-11 last weekend.

This weekend will be another in a long series of challenges that the Red has faced in recent weeks. Head coach Al Peters emphasized in his analysis of last weekend’s performance the total team effort required for their success last weekend.

In addition, Cornell will be counting on another strong showing by the epee squad. While the whole team’s record stands at 4-4, the epee squad has taken the title in all eight matches. Last Sunday, the squad showed a flair for the dramatic, winning three of its four titles by a score of 5-4 behind strong efforts from Patricia Blumenauer, Stephanie Glaser and Siobhan Cully. While Peters describes the blemish-free showing of his epee squad as one of the most positive themes of the season thus far, the saber and foil squads, led by Elinor Granzow and Tara Watkins respectively, will also need to be on their games for this weekend to be considered a success.

Archived article by Andrew Bernie