Women's Fencing Splits 6 Matches at FDU Invitational in New Jersey on Sunday

Annie Ayala was a leader in epee for the Jumbos

HACKENSACK, NJ - One day after competing at the New England Intercollegiate Fencing Championships in Western Massachusetts on Saturday, the Tufts University women's fencing team traveled to New Jersey for Sunday's FDU Invitational hosted by Fairleigh Dickinson. Head coach David Sach's Jumbos won three of their six matches in the tournament.

Tufts posted wins over Long Island University (LIU)-Post 16-11, Queens 23-4, and Hunter 23-4. The losses were against the host Knights (14-13), Stevens (18-9), and Drew (19-8).

Against the LIU-Post Pioneers, the Jumbos had an 8-1 advantage in foil and 5-4 in sabre to go with a 6-3 loss in epee. The Pioneers were short players in all three weapons, but held their own against the Jumbos. Senior Bridget Marturano had a pair of wins in sabre and junior Annie Ayala took two in epee to lead the Jumbos.

In the close loss to host Fairleigh Dickinson, Tufts had a pair of 6-3 losses in foil and epee along with a 7-2 victory in sabre. The Knights also played short in two of three events, staring just two fencers in epee and sabre. Tufts senior Nayab Ajaz scored a pair of victories in the sabre bouts.

The Jumbos rolled past Queens College with 8-1 scores in foil and sabre and a 7-2 final in epee. The foil matches saw junior Zoe Howard and freshman Georgia Kollias each sweep all three of their bouts. Ajaz and sophomore Lucy Pavlovich both went 3-0 in their sabre matches versus Queens. Sophomore Brie Gates was perfect in her three epee contests, while Ayala notched two out of three victories.

The easy victory over Hunter featured a 9-0 Tufts win in foil along with 7-2 victories in both epee and sabre. Howard, senior tri-captain Julia O'Gara and Kollias each won three matches as Tufts swept foil. Hunter only fenced with one player in sabre, while the epee matches featured a 3-0 record by junior Phoebe Yang along with two wins each from Ayala and Gates.

A 7-2 sabre win highlighted Tufts' loss to Stevens. Marturano earned three of the sabre wins while Ajaz and Pavlovich both had two apiece. Kollias and O'Gara added foil victories, but the Jumbos were shut out in epee.

Drew was the only team to defeat the Jumbos in all three weapons at the tournament (6-3 foil, 8-1 epee, 5-4 sabre). Ajaz's two wins in sabre were the most for the Jumbos against the Rangers.

Up next for Tufts is the NCAA Regional at Brandeis University on March 10.

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