The Oberlin Review

In The Locker Room with Erin Johnson, Brenna Sheldon and Grace Porter

In The Locker Room with Erin Johnson, Brenna Sheldon and Grace Porter

April 11, 2014

This week the Review sat down with women’s tennis players senior Brenna Sheldon, junior Grace Porter and sophomore Erin Johnson to discuss their recent spring break trip, past seasons’ success and what drew them to Oberlin. What are your thoughts on the season thus far? Brenna Sheldon: I think our season has been pretty good so far. We have had our ups and our downs; spring break was really tough. We played top teams in the nation, and that was good for us, apparently, but really hard. Giv...

Men’s Tennis Challenges Nationally Ranked Teams

Men’s Tennis Challenges Nationally Ranked Teams

April 4, 2014

The men’s tennis team faced seven teams in as many days during its spring break, finishing with a 3–4 record. They started things off in Hilton Head, SC, with a 9–0 loss to the Colby College Mules. Despite the loss, Head Coach Eric Ishida was still proud of his team’s effort in the match. “I’m proud of the way our guys played against a tough Colby team,” he said. Despite over half the team falling ill due to food poisoning, the Yeomen hung tough with the top 25-ranked Mules. The...

Yeowomen Fall to Strong Competition

Lillian Jahan

April 4, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis

Over spring break, the women’s tennis team headed to Hilton Head, SC, and Fredericksburg, VA, where they played five matches, dropping all of them. It was one of the toughest sets of teams the program has faced in a long time. Although they did not come away with any team victories, the experiences the Yeowomen gained throughout the week of competition were valuable. “We knew we’d have our work cut out for us, playing five top-30 teams in a row, including the No. 1 team in the nation,” Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis said. “But we didn’t drive 2,000 miles to play teams that wouldn’t challenge us. We wouldn’t have it any other way. So overall, although we didn’t win any team matches, we proved...

Yeomen Crush OWU Bishops

Tyler Sloan, Staff Writer

March 14, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

With key players resting injuries in the singles matches against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, first-year Yeoman Ian Paik picked up the slack and notched his first singles victory in the No. 1 spot. Paik, a Portland, OR native, won the first set of the match but left Yeomen fans nervous after his opponent teetered on the edge of a comeback. It was not until late in the second set that was he was able to shut down Richie Karban of the Battling Bishops, who Oberlin Head Coach Eric Ishida called Ohio Wesleyan’s best player. “Ian played really well in the first set and answered a late surge by OWU’s best player to win the second set and match,” Ishida said, noting that this was also the most...

Yeomen Look to Bounce Back from Loss to Cleveland State

Sloane Garelick

February 28, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

The past two weeks have left the men’s tennis team with two big home wins and two sound defeats on the road. Last Thursday, the Yeomen shutout the Heidelberg University Student Princes at home, winning 9–0. “I think we played at a much higher level than we had been playing and the matchups were in our favor, so a lot of the matches went our way,” said Head Coach Eric Ishida. There were all-around great performances from each player in both the doubles and singles play. The Yeomen were dominant in their doubles matches. At the No.1 spot, sophomore Callan Louis and senior Charlie Marks won 8–2. The first-year dynamic duo of Ian Paik and Abraham Davis earned an 8–3 win at No. 2. Paik and Davis each...

Yeowomen Hang Tough with Spartans

Yeowomen Hang Tough with Spartans

February 14, 2014

Coming off a solid 9–0 victory Saturday against the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets, the Yeowomen were unable to withstand their competition Sunday as they took on the Case Western Reserve Spartans, ranked No. 25 nationally, losing 6–3. Playing on their home court, the Yeowomen started out strong as ITA Central Region's fourth-ranked player, senior Brenna Sheldon, soundly defeated her opponent Marianne Bonanno in the top spot, winning straight matches 6–1, 6–3 to secure the first point for ...

Yeomen Look Sharp in First Match

Suzanna Doak

February 14, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis

This past weekend the men’s tennis team traveled to Indiana to play Wabash College, where they secured a close 5–4 victory over the Little Giants. First– year Abraham Davis scored the match-winning point in singles against fellow first–year from Wabash, Mazin Hakim. He recorded  scores 7–6 and 6–2, foreshadowing a strong season to come. Junior Soren Zeliger anticipated that the match would be challenging. “We were expecting a close match and were really glad to have pulled it out,” he said. While Head Coach Eric Ishida was excited about the win, he knows that his team can do better. “We played well against Wabash, but had to come back from down 3–1 to win the team victory. As we mature as a team...

Women’s Tennis Ready to Shine in Home Opener

Women’s Tennis Ready to Shine in Home Opener

February 7, 2014

The women’s tennis team has high hopes for the spring after last season’s historic national ranking. Despite losing two top seniors, Farah Leclercq and Preeya Shah, both OC ‘13, team members feel positive about the integration of the three first-year newcomers, Emma Brezel, Olivia Hay and Anna Treidles. The team will start its season this weekend when it hosts the Baldwin Wallace University Hornets on Saturday and the Case Western Reserve University Spartans on Sunday. Last year, junior...

Men’s Tennis Hopes Young Roster Leads to Success

Men’s Tennis Hopes Young Roster Leads to Success

February 7, 2014

The new-look men’s tennis team starts its spring season this weekend against the Wabash College Little Giants. The Yeomen appear poised to improve upon their 9–13 record from last year. The team is much younger this year than it has been in the past. There is only one senior on the roster this year, Charlie Marks, who will serve as one of the two team captains alongside junior Soren Zeliger. Marks has compiled 29 singles and 29 doubles wins during his career. Zeliger will also bring winning exper...

Women’s Tennis Ranks Nationally

Women’s Tennis Ranks Nationally

November 22, 2013

The women’s tennis team earned its first national ranking in the history of the program on March 28, securing a 30th-place ranking by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association. Following a strong 3–0 showing over its spring break trip, the team also moved up to the sixth-place spot in the Central Region rankings, another team record. The team is led by nationally ranked senior Farah Leclercq and junior Brenna Sheldon. Leclercq and her doubles partner sophomore Grace Porter are 8–2 on their...

In the Locker Room With Soren Zeliger and Ian Paik

Nate Levinson, Sports Editor

September 27, 2013

Filed under In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Fall

What do you expect from the tennis team this season? Soren Zeliger: Definitely a better finish than last year. That’s the most concrete goal that we can set. Also a better record, since our team is improved already. It’s hard to have expectations, though, since a lot of things are changing. We have six first-years on the team, and Charlie Marks and I are the only upperclassmen on the team. Ian Paik: Everything is kind of new, so I don’t have many expectations. I do want to be in the top half of our conference, at least.   What does having six first-years mean for the team? SZ: It means we run sprints on the regular. That sets the tone early for a very new team. IP: [Head coach] Eric [Ishida]...

Women’s Tennis Finishes Fourth

Spencer Conley

May 3, 2013

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis, Varsity Spring

The Yeowomen concluded their season this weekend in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament with a 2­–5 loss against Kenyon College. The Yeowomen finished fourth overall in the NCAC with a record of 17–8, after entering the tournament No. 30 in the country and No. 6 in the region. “I truly believe that this team could take down anyone, but against Kenyon we struggled at the beginning in doubles and this led to a lot of pressure in singles," said senior Farah Leclercq. The Yeowomen started doubles poorly, losing all three matches early in the tournament. Leclercq and sophomore Grace Porter fell to Kenyon’s Amy Schlessman and Taylor Diffley in a decisively won 1–8 blowout. This loss started a downward...

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