On the day where Temple honored their four seniors, épée Chantal Montrose, foil Epiphany Georges, sabre Tasia Ford and sabre Andrea Haley, the Owls went 2-2 at the Temple Invitational, with wins over No. 10 St. John’s University and Duke University. The two losses came to No. 1 Princeton and No. 6 Penn State.
“We fenced well,” coach Nikki Franke said. “I was pleased with how everyone fenced. Everything is coming together now at the end of the season for everyone… I was pleased that all four of our seniors had a winning record for the day. It was a nice way for them to end their dual season career.”
The Owls started the competition with a 15-12 win over Duke. The sabre squad went 6-3, while the foil squad went 5-4. Georges lead the foil squad with a 3-0 record. The épée squad was defeated by Duke, 5-4.
The team’s next match was against No. 1 Princeton. Each weapon lost by a score of 6-3.
The Owls bounced back strong and defeated St. John’s 18-9. Sabre won 7-2, foil won 5-4 and épée won 6-3. Junior Tiki Kastor lead sabre with a 3-0 record, while Georges and sophomore Fatima Largaespada went 3-0 and 2-0 for foil, respectively. Épée was led by Montrose, who went 3-0.
Temple finished the day with a one point loss to Penn State 14-13. The Owls won 5-4 in sabre but lost 4-5 in both épée and foil. Freshman Miranda Litzinger went 3-0 for foil, while Petra Khan and Montrose went 2-1 for sabre and épée, respectively.
“We felt that we really could have won that match. It was a little disappointing. But the girls fenced hard…we were right in it the entire match. It was a very good match.”
For the day the Owls were led by their senior’s- Georges, 8-4, Haley and Ford, 3-1 and Montrose, 7-5.
The Owls will look to win National Intercollegiate Women’s Fencing Association for the 18 straight year next weekend.
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