NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale women's fencing team hosted a dual-meet against Vassar on Monday, Jan. 29, in the seventh floor fencing salon of Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The Bulldogs rose to the challenge and defeated Vassar by a final score of 16-11 in front of a group of loyal Yale fans. After Saturday's victory over Sacred Heart, Monday's win gives the Elis a two-win streak.
Yale was able to pull out the victory in large part thanks to the stellar performance of the epee squad, which won eight of nine bouts in the meet. Senior Tasha Garcia and sophomore Robyn Shaffer both went undefeated, while freshman Alison Barton went 2-1. The epee squad's decisive victory proved important because both the saber and foil squads narrowly lost with identical 4-5 records.
However, there were numerous bright spots for the Elis aside from the epee squad. Captain Madeline Oliver turned in a strong performance, winning all three of her bouts. Junior foilist Katharine Pitt complied a 2-1 record and freshman foilist Emily Hong subbed in to record a 5-2 victory in her first collegiate bout.
"The team continued to perform well today," said Oliver. "The upperclassmen have consistently fenced well and the underclassmen are continually improving. We are on an upward trajectory as we progress towards the Ivy Championships in two weeks."
Yale will now have two weeks to prepare for Ivy competition, which will be hosted by Princeton on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13.
Report By Arsi Sefaj '11, Yale Sports Publicity