UE and Ateneo kick off fencing of UAAP Season 82

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The defending UAAP men’s fencing champion University of the East Red Warriors.

UNIVERSITY of the East and Ateneo stake their men’s and women’s crowns as the UAAP Season 82 fencing tournament opens Tuesday at the Paco Arena.

The men’s individual saber and women’s individual foil will be featured at 8 a.m., while the men’s individual epee will be played in the afternoon.

The Red Warriors clinched a seventh straight title and the 13th overall last season behind their strong showing in the individual events. CJ Concepcion won the saber gold and two-time MVP Sammuel Tranquilan topped the epee and foil events.

Reigning MVP Maxine Esteban, who captured gold medals in the individual foil and saber events in her rookie season, will lead the Lady Eagles’ bid to remain in the throne.

Behind Esteban, Ateneo won its second championship overall, and the first since 2006, while ending UE’s 11-year reign.

The Junior Warriors, meanwhile, hope to achieve another golden double in the high school division.

The competition will also start at 8 a.m. with the boys’ individual epee, while the girls’ individual foil and boys’ individual saber will be held in the afternoon.

UE, starring Asian U23 championship gold medalist Samantha Catantan, accomplished an eight-peat in the girls’ division, while the boys’ team streaked to its ninth straight championship behind MVP Prince John Francis Felipe.