The Oberlin Review

Tennis Sends Off Senior with Victory

Sloane Garelick

May 2, 2014

Last weekend the tennis team closed out their spring season with a win and a loss in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament. The team finished its season with a 12–13 record, going 1–3 in conference play. As the fifth-seeded team in the tournament, the Yeomen took on the fourth-seeded team, the Allegheny College Gators in the quarterfinals last Friday. Unfortunately, the match ended with a 5–0 loss for the Yeomen. With its season the line, the coaches made some changes to the team’s usual lineup, hoping to achieve better results. “We felt it gave us the best opportunity to win the match, and unfortunately the gamble didn't pay off,” said senior Charles Marks. The Gators, ranked No.11 in the regi...

Junior Grace Porter prepares to hit the ball in a recent match at home. Her strong play has helped the Yeowomen to seven straight victories.

Yeowomen Head to NCAC Tournament

April 25, 2014

The women’s tennis team won its seventh consecutive match last Saturday when it beat the Allegheny College Gators 7–2, advancing its conference record to a perfect 3–0. This victory pushed the team’s regular season record to 11–8 overall. Its next match will come in the first round of the NCAC tournament. “I’d attribute our recent success against conference teams to the hard work we put in as a team over spring break,” junior Grace Porter said. “Close losses to some of the top...

Yeomen Bested by Nationally Ranked Kenyon Lords

Suzanna Doak

April 18, 2014

Last Monday, the Yeomen battled the Kenyon College Lords at home. Though both teams fought hard, in the end the Lords bested the Yeomen 9–0. In doubles play, first-year Ian Paik and junior Soren Zeliger fought for the top seat, but fell just short, losing 6–8. Heading into the meet, the Yeomen knew they would have their hands full with a talented Kenyon team. “The biggest challenge going into it was probably their name and history as a program, leading us to give them more respect than we should have,” Paik said. “They’re a top 15 team in the nation that has some of the best players headlining their lineup and very little drop from their 1 to 6.” In the No. 2 match, sophomore Callan Louis and...

Women's tennis players sophomore Erin Johnson, senior Brenna Sheldon and junior 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...

Junior Soren Zeliger serves the ball in a match earlier this season. The men’s tennis team finished 3–4 in its spring break matches.

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

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

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

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...

Junior Grace Porter eyes the ball inside the Heisman Club Field House. The women's tennis team is off to a 1–2 start this season.

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

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...

Junior Grace Porter lunges for the ball inside the Heisman Club Field House. The Yeowomen will have their first match this weekend at home against Baldwin Wallace University.

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...

Sophomore Callan Louis shows off his forehand during the fall 2013 season. The Yeomen open their season on Feb. 8 at Wabash College.

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...

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