Women's Fencing Drops Bouts Versus Harvard and Wellesley to Open Season

Zoe Howard won her three foil matches against Wellesley

CAMBRIDGE - The Tufts University women's fencing team opened its 2017-18 season by playing a pair of matches at Harvard University with Wellesley College on Tuesday night. The Jumbos lost to the host Crimson 21-6 and were defeated by the Blue 17-10.

In their season-opening match versus Harvard, the Jumbos won 6-3 in the saber weapon while losing 9-0 in both epee and foil. In the saber matches, Jumbos Nayab Ajaz, Bridget Marturano, and Julia Kissel all won two of their three matches. The Crimson had two fencers in saber and defaulted in the third for each round. Marturano scored nine touches her two matches to lead the Tufts trio.

In the epee matches against Harvard, Tufts sophomore Brie Gates led the Jumbos with seven touches scored. For foil, freshman Georgia Kollias scored five touches in the opening round for the team's top performance.

Later in the evening, the Tufts loss to Wellesley featured a 5-4 win in saber. Marturano and sophomore Julia Kissel both won two of their three matches in saber. Both finished the day with four wins in their six matches against the two opponents. The Jumbo foil team had a combined 11-7 record for the two matches.

Tufts took a 6-3 loss in foil and 7-2 defeat in epee versus Wellesley. Junior Zoe Howard earned all three of Tufts' foil victories to go undefeated in the match. In epee, both Gates and junior Annie Ayala posted Tufts victories.

Tufts, led by first-year head coach David Sach, will return to action on January 28 with a multi-meet at Boston College also featuring Brandeis, Brown, Dartmouth, MIT and Vassar.