Chun Leads Yeomen to a Perfect Week

Chris Landers, Sports Editor

The men’s tennis team was on fire this week, defeating Heidelberg University on Saturday by a score of 7–2 and picking up a 6–3 win over Mount Union College on Wednesday. The Yeomen, who improved to 3–2 on the year, won with dominant singles play in both contests.

Against Heidelberg, Oberlin first-year sensation Logan Chun continued his hot start to the season, as he and junior Joe Leffler defeated Ryan Earl and Zach Schwenning 8–2 in second doubles to start things off.

The tandem of sophomore William Broderick and junior Sam Towne, playing as the third doubles team for the first time this season, notched an 8–3 victory over Dorian Kempf and Matt McDivitt to ensure the doubles point for the Oberlin.

In the singles matches, a youth movement led the Yeomen. Chun breezed through his match 6–2, 6–2, from the no. 2 position. He was soon followed by fellow first-year Charlie Marks, who knocked off Cliff Goetz 6–3, 6–1 in the first seed match.

“Logan is a very strong player,” said Head Coach Adam Shoemaker, “but I’m impressed most by the fact that he still wants to improve his game and get better. It’s really nice to have a guy who can step up and compete with anybody.”

It was Towne who clinched the win for Oberlin, overpowering Ryan Earl in the fourth seed match 6¬–2, 6–3, and earning the decisive fifth point.

Broderick and sophomore Ben Turchin also picked up singles wins for the Yeomen in the sixth and third slots, respectively.

It was more of the same against Mount Union.

The newly paired first doubles team of Leffler and Marks struggled at first against Nate Fockler and Patrick Yackmack, falling behind 5¬–2 before settling in and roaring back to pick up the 9–7 win.

Towne and Broderick, again the third seed, locked up the doubles point for Oberlin with an 8–5 win over Jeff Looker and Drew LeGrendre from Mount Union.

“We need to continue to improve in doubles,” Shoemaker said. “It’s really important to start out every match and set the tone for the match in general by getting the doubles point.”

In singles, Chun again showed why he is one of the top newcomers in the North Coast Athletic Conference. Again the top singles seed, he topped Zach Perry 6–1, 6–0.

Junior Eliot Heaton followed Chun with a win of his own in no. 5 singles. Heaton made similarly quick work (6–0, 6–1) of his opponent, Looker.

Broderick, the sixth singles seed, earned his second win of the day and fourth of the week by besting LeGrendre 6–4, 6–3 in a hard-fought match. In the third position, Sam Towne was able to clinch the overall victory for the Yeomen. After coasting to a 6–0 win in the first set, the junior dropped the second 6–4. However, he regained his composure and battled through a tough final set to pick up the win, 6–4, wrapping up the match.

“We played pretty well. We had a few minor injuries early in the season, but we were able to bounce back from the loss last week [to Wabash College]. Especially against Mount Union, I thought we played with the best energy we’ve had all year,” Shoemaker added.

The Yeomen will be getting right back to work this Saturday, as they look to improve on their winning streak in a doubleheader at Hope College. Oberlin will play Hope at 8 a.m. before facing off against Elmhurst College at 11:30 a.m.