ACC Fencing Annual Awards Announced

GREENSBORO, N.C. (theACC.com) – The Atlantic Coast Conference Men’s and Women’s Fencing individual awards for the 2016 season were announced on Thursday. The honors were voted on by the league’s four head coaches.

For ACC Men’s Fencing, Duke’s Pascual Di Tella and Bryn Hammarberg, and Notre Dame’s Axel Kiefer and Jonah Shainberg were recognized. On the women’s side, Boston College’s Olivia Adragna, Duke’s Jennifer Ling, and Notre Dame’s Sabrina Massialas garnered accolades.

Duke’s Alex Beguinet and Notre Dame’s Gia Kvaratskhelia collected the coach honors.

A freshman from Maplewood, New Jersey, Hammarberg led all Duke freshmen and épéeists with a 52-22 record during the regular season. He posted a 6-2 record in in the team portion at the ACC Championship, and finished 14th at the NCAA Championship.

Adragna was voted as the Women’s Most Valuable Fencer at the ACC Championship after going 12-3 in round robin competition. During the regular season, the senior epeeist from Malverne, New York, went 40-19 and was named ACC Women’s Fencer of the Week on January 23.

Kiefer went 15-8 at the NCAA Championship to place third and earn All-America honors. The freshman from Lexington, Kentucky, went 13-1 and won the individual foil title at the ACC Championship and was named Men’s Most Valuable Fencer.

A native of San Francisco, California, Massialas went 37-5 during the regular season. The freshman was 8-1 in the team competition and went 15-0 before winning the individual foil title at the ACC Championship. At the NCAA Championship, Massialas came in third after going 20-3 in pool play to earn First Team All-America honors.

Di Tella placed 13th at the NCAA Championship and finished the regular season with a team-high .760 winning percentage (57-18). At the ACC Championship, the sophomore from Vicente Lopez, Buenos Aires, Argentina, finished with a perfect 9-0 sabre record in the team competition.

Shainberg claimed the ACC individual title in sabre after finishing 12-2 in the round robin and posted a 6-2 record in the team competition. A sophomore from Rye, New York, Shainberg earned Third Team All-America honors with a 12th place finish at the NCAA Championship.

Ling won the ACC title in women’s sabre after posting a 12-3 record and defeating top-seeded Francesca Russo and Tara Hasett of Notre Dame for the championship. A sophomore from Cranbury, New Jersey, Ling went 57-25 during the regular season and became the first Duke women’s fencer to win an ACC individual title.

Kvaratskhelia led Notre Dame to the ACC Men and Women’s Championships, and the program finished fifth at the NCAA Championship. The Duke squad under Beguinet placed ninth at the NCAA Championship and both teams came in second at the ACC Championship.

2015-16 ACC Fencing Awards
Men’s Fencer of the Year for Épée: Bryn Hammarberg, Duke
Women’s Fencer of the Year for Épée: Olivia Adragna, Boston College
Men’s Fencer of the Year for Foil: Axel Kiefer, Notre Dame
Women’s Fencer of the Year for Foil: Sabrina Massialas, Notre Dame
Co-Men’s Fencers of the Year for Sabre: Pascual Di Tella, Duke; Jonah Shainberg, Notre Dame
Women’s Fencer of the Year for Sabre: Jennifer Ling, Duke
Co-Men’s Coach of the Year: Alex Beguinet, Duke; Gia Kvaratskhelia, Notre Dame
Co-Women’s Coach of the Year: Alex Beguinet, Duke; Gia Kvaratskhelia, Notre Dame