PHILADELPHIA - The No. 10 women's fencing team has one last meet before the Ivy League Round-Robins and will look to use Sunday's Eric Sollee Invitational as a way to get the whole team rolling as it enters a crucial stretch of the season. Penn will have four bouts on Sunday, starting at 10 a.m. from the campus of Brandeis University.
A 4-2 day at last Saturday's Philadelphia Invitational leaves Penn at 11-4 on the season. It is worth noting however that all four losses have come against ranked opposition, most recently to No. 7 Northwestern and No. 9 Temple. Breaking down the team by weapons, the foil squad has been the focal point so far this year, putting together a 12-3 record with all three defeats coming by narrow, 5-4 margins. Unsurprisingly, two of the best individual records have come from that group, with Sarah Parmacek leading the Quakers with 30 wins on the season, and Luona Wang coming in with a team-best .808 winning percentage (21-5 overall). Amrit Bhinder won 10 bouts last weekend and leads the epee squad with 23 wins this season, while Tiffany Chan won nine bouts to lead the saber team with 22 victories.
Sunday will provide some new faces across the strips from the Red and Blue, with Penn meeting four new opponents. Potentially the biggest test of the day will come first, with the Quakers meeting the Stevens Tech Ducks at 10 a.m. The Ducks have put together a 15-3 start to the season and have won their last nine, with their only losses coming to Cornell, Haverford and NYU. The second bout of the day will come at 12 p.m. against MIT. The Engineers (10-8) are themselves coming off a 4-2 weekend, one that came at a Northeast Fencing Conference meet.
After taking a round off in the early afternoon, the Quakers return to action at 3 p.m. to face Boston College. The Eagles looked strong last weekend at the Northeast Fencing Conference meet, going 5-1 with only a loss to Brown keeping them from a perfect weekend. BC is 7-4 overall. The day's final bout will see Penn taking on the hosts, Brandeis, at 4:30 p.m. The Judges are the only opponent on the day to not receive votes in the national poll, yet have managed to go 12-6 so far on the season, even knocking off an Ivy League opponent, Yale, in early December.
Penn will be in action in less than a week following Sunday's competition, traveling back to the Boston area for this year's Ivy League Round-Robins. The two-day event will take place Feb. 9-10 at Harvard's Gordon Track.