PHILADELPHIA – Three days after leading the Quakers to their first Ivy League Championship since 2009, Andy Ma of the University of Pennsylvania men’s fencing team was named Ivy League Coach of the Year on Wednesday.
Ma, currently in his seventh season, has paved the way for a men’s squad that has only dropped two matches this season, and is currently ranked No. 3 in the nation (CollegeFencing360.com). The Quakers were especially impressive last weekend at the Ivy Round Robins. Coach Ma’s squad tallied four wins, including a triumph over the the No. 1 team in the country and defending National Champions, Columbia. The Lions, Quakers and Tigers ended up sharing the crown, signifying the first three-way tie since 1999.
Although the Ivies are in the rear-view, Coach Ma and the Quakers have much to look forward to. Already brandishing a pair of wins over No. 2 Notre Dame, Penn could see a rise in the next CF360 Coaches’ Poll. The Red and Blue will also host the Philadelphia Invitational next Sunday (2/21) at the Dave Micahnik Fencing Center.
Also honored on Wednesday were the Quakers’ six All-Ivy selections. Senior captain Shaul Gordon earned the saber title on the men’s side, while Justin Yoo, Zsombor Garzo and John Vaiani all earned first-team honors. Freshman Julian Merchant (saber) picked up second-team accolades.
Junior Alejandra Trumble led the way on the women’s side, capturing the individual epee crown. Dana Kong (saber) collected second-team All-Ivy recognition.