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Zabludoff, fencers foil visitors

By Martin Dickau

The men's and women's fencing teams kicked off their busiest month of the season in auspicious form last weekend.

The men walked over WPI, 23-4, and easily handled Hunter, 18-9, while the women slashed Stevens, 10-6, and also edged Hunter, 9-7. The women added another scalp to their collection Tuesday night, ripping Rhode Island College, 10-6.

Ann Zabludoff '86 led the women's effort, taking 11 of her 12 bouts. Her only loss was at the hands of Hunter's Sharon Monplaisir, the number two woman fencer in the country.

Zabludoff led Monplaisir three touches to four at one point in the bout, but the Olympian fought back to win, 5-4.

Freshman Linda Ystueta continued to show improvement and also proved herself to be a dangerous weapon in the women's arsenal, winning eight of her 12 bouts.

The men's victories were powered by the foil squad, which lost only one of its 17 bouts. Russell Holtz '85 allowed only one four touches against him in four bouts, and epeeist Alan Williams '85 won all three of his bouts when he was drafted into being the third man on the foil team in the match against WPI.

Saechin Kim '86 won all three of his bouts, and Darryl Toney '87 won four of his five to lead sabre to back-to-back victories. WPI fell easily under the onslaught, 1-8, and MIT hung on to top Hunter, 5-4.

The men's 'ep'ee squad continued to struggle, but still managed to win both of its matches. The Engineers topped WPI and Hunter by identical 5-4 scores. Rex Kochanski '85 won four of his five bouts, and Williams returned from his sabbatical at foil to win both of his matches against Hunter.

Both the men's and women's teams were scheduled to face Brown Wednesday night, but that match was postponed until next week because of snow.

The squads will be in action again tonight, when they host the University of North Carolina. The men's match is scheduled to begin at 5 pm, and the women will follow at 7.

Tomorrow morning Duke University is scheduled to stop by for a 10 am match, and then both teams will go up to Harvard Square for a 1 pm match against Cornell.