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Zagunis, Ward lead U.S. saber fencers

The two Oregon Fencing Alliance stars are ranked Nos. 1-2 in the world

The 2006-2007 Senior World Cup season is well underway, and U.S. women's saber fencers - led by two Oregon Fencing Alliance products - are climbing individual and team rankings.

The U.S. senior women's saber fencers continue to lead the world. They hold the top three world ranks virtually uncontested and are the top-ranked team in the world.

Two thousand four Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis (22, of Beaverton) is ranked No. 1 in the world and has earned two World Cup golds and one bronze this season already. The only world cup this season without at least one U.S. woman in the top eight was the one cup that the squad did not attend.

Rebecca Ward (17 of Portland), the 2006 World Champion, is close behind in the No. 2 spot, and 2004 Olympic bronze medalist Sada Jacobson (24 of Dunwoody, Ga.) is ranked third.