No. 8 Women's Fencing Finishes 4-1 at Philadelphia Invitational

PHILADELPHIA - The eighth-ranked ranked Quakers had to travel to Temple on Sunday for the Philadelphia Invitational, but made the most of their trip, going 4-1 overall including a win over a quality Duke squad.

Penn's biggest win on the day was a 15-12 win over Duke, highlighted by Danielle Kamis' win over 2010 NCAA runner-up and 2009 NCAA Champion Becca Ward in sabre. The loss was Ward's only defeat of the day. Kamis also lost just once on the day, finishing with a team-best 14 victories to just one loss. Against the Blue Devils, the Red and Blue won epee and foil 6-3 and 5-4 and dropped sabre 5-4.

The Quakers top performances during the day came from epee, where Penn didn't lose once and won three of its matches by at least an 8-1 margin. Sophomore Amrit Bhinder was 8-0 overall, highlighted by a 3-0 performance against seventh-ranked Northwestern. Seniors Diana Ark and Jenna Stahl were also unbeaten in epee, going 6-0 and 4-0 respectively.

The Red and Blue opened Sunday with a bout against North Carolina. The Tar Heels were no match for Penn as they won 21-6, including 9-0 in epee. Junior Dominika Franciszkowicz was a perfect 3-0 in sabre while Laura Paragano matched that total in foil. In epee five different fencers won a bout.

After beating Duke, the Quakers took down Haverford 19-8 behind 15 combined wins from foil and epee. Freshman Wendy Zhao went 3-0 in foil while classmate Juliana Kulik and Mia Howell each went 2-1. In Epee, freshman Corey Novich posted a 3-0 mark and first-year Lisa Dawes went 2-1.

Penn's lone loss on the day came against seventh-ranked Northwestern. The Quakers won epee 5-4 but lost foil 7-2 and sabre 5-4 to fall 16-11. Bhinder was perfect in epee while Kamis was also 3-0 in sabre.

The Red and Blue took on Sacred Heart in the final match of the day, beating the Pioneers 19-8. Epee won 8-1 while foil and sabre were also victorious, 6-3 and 5-4. Gabrielle Nagler and Kamis both went 2-1 in sabre while Aida Abdikulova was a perfect 2-0 in foil. In epee, Ark finished 3-0 and Stahl won twice.

The Red and Blue return to the strips next weekend to fence at the Penn State Invitational, pitting them against the defending national champion Nittany Lions and other strong programs.