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Massialas, Lee, and Ling win individual women’s titles
NOTRE DAME, Ind. – Notre Dame posted a 3-0 record in the team competition to claim the 2016 ACC Men’s Fencing Championship, the second straight league title for the Irish. The event, held Sunday at the Castellan Family Fencing Center in the Joyce Center Fieldhouse, featured the women’s individual competition in the morning followed by the men’s team event in the afternoon.
The Notre Dame men’s squad, which is ranked second nationally, defeated Boston College (23-4), North Carolina (19-8), and No. 9 Duke (19-8) to claim the championship and improve to 36-3 on the season.
The foil squad led the way for Notre Dame, topping all three opponents by a combined score of 22-5. The Irish épée team was 21-6, while sabre was 18-9.
Two Notre Dame foilists were perfect in the team competition: John Crumpler (8-0) and Virgile Collineau (7-0). Duke’s Pascual Di Tella compiled the best mark in sabre at 9-0, and was followed by North Carolina’s Connor Ritchey (7-2) and Notre Dame’s John Hallsten (7-2). Notre Dame’s Nicholas Hanahan (7-2) and Duke’s Bryn Hammarberg (6-2) led the way in épée.
All four ACC teams now turn their attention to the NCAA postseason, with the upcoming regionals followed by the NCAA Championship.
“The momentum is the most important thing,” said Notre Dame coach Gia Kvaratskhelia on the postseason. “After the wins against the strong teams that we had here, it’s going to be really important to ride that wave to the next level.”
In the morning’s individual competition, Notre Dame’s Catherine Lee defeated Boston College’s Olivia Adragna, 15-11, in the épée title bout. Duke’s Jennifer Ling downed top-seeded and defending national champion Francesca Russo (15-9) of Notre Dame in the semifinals and followed that with a 15-12 win over the Irish’ Tara Hassett for the sabre title. Notre Dame’s Sabrina Massialas went 15-0 in the round robin before defeating teammates Nicole McKee (15-4) and Elyssa Kleiner (15-13) to finish with an individual championship and a perfect record on Sunday.
Adragna was voted as the Women’s Championship Most Valuable Fencer by the league’s four coaches, while Notre Dame’s Axel Kiefer was selected as Men’s Championship Most Valuable Fencer.
The top two finishers in each weapon automatically earn All-ACC honors.
Men’s Team Standings
1. Notre Dame (3-0)
2. Duke (2-1)
3. North Carolina (1-2)
4. Boston College (0-3)
Men’s Team Results
Notre Dame def. Boston College, 23-4 (S72/F90/E72)
Duke def. North Carolina, 21-6 (S63/F81/E72)
Notre Dame def. North Carolina, 19-8 (S72/F72/E54)
Duke def. Boston College, 18-9 (S63/F72/E54)
Notre Dame def. Duke, 19-8 (S45/F90/E63)
North Carolina def. Boston College, 18-9 (S63/F63/E63)
Women’s Individual Results
Gold – Jennifer Ling, Duke
Silver – Tara Hassett, Notre Dame
Bronze – Haley Fisher, Duke
Gold – Sabrina Massialas, Notre Dame
Silver – Elyssa Kleiner, Notre Dame
Bronze – Nicole McKee, Notre Dame
Gold – Catherine Lee, Notre Dame
Silver – Olivia Adragna, Boston College
Bronze – Madeline Antekeier, Notre Dame
ACC Championship Most Valuable Fencers
Men – Axel Kiefer, Notre Dame
Women – Olivia Adragna, Boston College