Aliya Itzkowitz sits in fifth in the sabre standings after Saturday (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.—The eighth-ranked Harvard women claimed victory in two of their three matches to open the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins Saturday at Gordon Track.
Harvard (10-7) began the day with defeats of Yale, 20-7, and Cornell, 16-11, but dropped a 20-7 decision to No. 3 Columbia in its last match. The Lions won all four of their matches Saturday, and second-ranked Princeton also takes a 4-0 record into the second and final day of fencing.
The Crimson's matches Sunday will come against Brown at 10 a.m., Princeton at 11:30 a.m. and Penn at 1:45 p.m.
The epee fencers led the way for Harvard Saturday, holding an edge against all three of their opponents and combining for a 19-6 bout record. Emma Vaggo recorded the third-best individual epee record of the day, going 8-1, while Felicia Sun was 7-2.
Aliya Itzkowitz registered an 8-1 record, good for fifth place in the saber standings. Alexandra Kiefer is tied for fifth in foil at 6-3.
Harvard won all three disciplines against the Bulldogs, going 7-2 in saber and epee and 6-3 in foil. The epee group repeated that performance against the Big Red, while the saber fencers posted six wins and the foil squad notched three.
With five Harvard wins in nine bouts, the epee competition was the only one in which the Crimson owned an advantage against the highly ranked Lions. The saber group also claimed a pair of individual wins against Columbia.
Penn def Yale, 18-9 (S54/F72/E63)
Columbia def Brown, 19-8 (S63/F81/E54)
Princeton def Cornell, 22-5 (S90/F54/E81)
Harvard def Yale, 20-7 (S72/F63/E72)
Columbia def Penn, 19-8 (S54/F72/E72)
Princeton def Brown, 21-6 (S72/F63/E81)
Harvard def Cornell, 16-11 (S63/F36/E72)
Columbia def Yale, 22-5 (S63/F90/E72)
Princeton def Penn, 23-4 (S90/F72/E72)
Columbia def Harvard, 20-7 (S72/F90/E45)
Brown def Cornell, 15-12 (S54/F36/E72)
Princeton def Yale, 26-1 (S90/F81/E90)