PHILADELPHIA - The sixth ranked Quakers seek to remain perfect on the season when they travel to Penn State to take part in the Penn State Duals on Saturday.
The Red and Blue, ranked sixth in the most recent USFCA poll of the season, are 5-0 in dual matches and have won 20 straight dual matches overall. On Saturday, Penn has confirmed matchups with defending national champion Penn State, Johns Hopkins and Haverford. The Quakers beat the Nittany Lions and Johns Hopkins a season ago, and haven't faced Haverford since beating them in January of 2008.
This season Penn is unbeaten in foil, winning four of their five matches by an 8-1 margin. Leading the charge is a trio of sophomores in Alex Simmons, Zane Grodman and Vidur Kapur. Simmons is a team best 12-1, while Grodman isn't far behind him with a 10-1 mark. Kapur, meanwhile, is 7-2 overall.
In sabre, senior Andrew Bielen went 13-2 two weeks ago, while fellow classmate and All-America Jonathan Berkowsky went 3-1. Sabre will also be helped by the return of freshman Evan Prochniak who missed the Penn Invitational due to the World Cup in Budapest, Hungary, a competition which saw him place sixth overall.
The Quakers are just 2-3 in Epee this year, but show promise, as freshmen Steven Jow and Anthony Diepenbrock won five bouts apiece. Junior Jacob Wischnia also won five for Penn.