January 27, 2006

Fencers Set to Duel At Wellesley Invite

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The women’s fencing team is set to face four highly competitive teams tomorrow as it will face Vassar, Tufts, Wellesley, and Hunter College at the Wellesley Invitational.

“Wellesley is on our same level, so they will be serious competition for us,” said head coach Iryna Dolgikh. “I don’t know if Vassar and Hunter will be serious competition because we have not played them yet. We will try to do our best because last weekend we had great results. We were going for four or five wins and we won 12 of our matches. We were very excited and our sabres did especially well.”

Sabre will be asked to perform well again as Wellesley, Vassar, and Hunter all field tough teams. The team has prepared for the event and should be able to handle what will be thrown at them.

“In terms of sabre fences, I think that Tufts will be the most difficult,” said freshman Alexandra Heiss.

The Red is coming off another multi-match meet which took place last weekend in Philadelphia against Haverford, Rutgers, and North Carolina. The Red defeated both Rutgers and Haverford handily, but lost in a close match to North Carolina.

The epee team was especially successful as senior Meghan Phair led the way. The Wantagh, N.Y., native went 8-1 for the day, her only loss coming against North Carolina.

Phair’s epee teammate, sophomore Erica Waichman, also impressed as she turned in a great performance by winning seven of her bouts.

Competing alongside Phair and Waichmanin epee will be freshman Elyse Feldman, freshman Namrata Idnani, and freshman Sheema Shayesteh.

The sabre team will send out Heiss, freshman Jessica Leval, junior Elise Pasoreck, freshman Alison Wollenberg, and junior Ivana Zgaljic.

“Fence well and win as many bouts as possible,” said Heiss, in response to what her goals for the upcoming competition are. “I think our team did well last weekend and we have a good chance of improving our record this weekend.”

Competing on Saturday in foil will be junior Claire Barbasch, junior Jessica Cho, freshman Lindsay Cumella, junior Shannon Flatley, senior Yi-Chun Lin, freshman Laura Rice, and freshman Celia Smith.

Archived article by Catherine Bourque
Sun Staff Writer