The Oberlin Review

Yeowomen Ready to Hit Hard in Tournament Weekend

Ray Williams

April 26, 2013

The women’s tennis team improved its overall record to 16–6 after defeating Allegheny College 7–2 on Saturday. The team is now up 2–1 in the conference and looks forward to the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships that begin today at Oberlin. Currently the Yeowomen are 7–3 at home and look to dominate throughout the championship weekend. Farah Leclercq and Preeya Shah, the only two seniors on this young and talented squad, were also honored in the final home match of the regular season. Both women won their final regular season matches, which helped lead to the overall win against Allegheny. Leclercq and sophomore doubles partner Grace Porter won the first point for the Yeowomen, dominating 8–3....

Yeomen Poised to Come out Strong in Conference Championship

Nate Levinson, Staff Writer

April 26, 2013

After a fast start to the season, the men’s tennis team has had a rough spell playing in what Head Coach Eric Ishida calls the “thicker” part of their schedule. Still, with conference play just around the corner, Ishida thinks the team’s quick 6–1 start to the year has put them in good position to make a late-season run. “Early in the season we learned how to be successful and learned how to finish matches and finish sets,” Ishida said. This experience will come in handy as the Yeomen try to finish the season strong. Though they’ve struggled lately, the Yeomen have known since their schedule was announced that the toughest part of their season would come near the end. “There were three phases...

In the Locker Room: Ben Turchin and Charlie Marks

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

April 12, 2013

Why did you guys decide to play tennis at Oberlin? Charlie Marks: I’ve played tennis since I was eight. I’ve always done it, so I figured I would keep doing it. The old head coach, Adam, was very aggressive about getting me here — enough that my parents made me apply here. Ben Turchin: When I was looking at colleges, I was interested in tennis. I hadn’t heard about Oberlin before Adam. I went out to visit my brother at Ohio State, so we stopped by here. I loved it, so I decided to go [early decision]. How are you guys feeling about this season so far? BT: I’m feeling good. We started off very strong. The opponents we were playing weren’t the strongest, but now we’re getting to the point of C...

Despite Loss, Men’s Tennis Ready to Hit Hard

Jake Zuckerman

April 12, 2013

It may sound counterintuitive, but the men’s tennis team is looking to carry the positive momentum from its 7–2 loss against Denison University last Saturday into some tough competition in the coming weeks. Saturday’s loss marks the first time that senior Ben Turchin or junior Charlie Marks have avoided a shutout from Denison. The pair won its doubles match against Denison’s Grant Veltman and Shankar Rajupet 8–6, in a close yet crucial win against the No. 11-ranked team in the central region. “Most years we’re shut out by Denison,” said Turchin. “Getting on the board was a big step up for us.” The doubles team of Turchin and Marks has been on a hot streak, winning 13 of their last 16 matches. Callan...

Women’s Tennis Ranks Nationally

Jacob Zuckerman

April 5, 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 10 most recent matches, while Leclercq individually is 7–3. Sheldon is 8–2 individually in her 10 most recent matches as well as 8–2 with her partner senior Preeya Shah. Even with the team’s recent success, they’re...

Men’s Tennis Strong in Victory over Grove City

Taylor Swift

March 15, 2013

Grove City College proved to be no threat to the men’s tennis team last Saturday as the Yeomen cruised to a solid 6–3 victory over the Wolverines. After over a week with no matches, the Yeomen came out ready to fight for their fifth consecutive victory, rising to a 5–1 overall record. The Yeomen started the afternoon strong, with victories in two of the three doubles matches. The dynamic doubles team of senior Ben Turchin and junior captain Charlie Marks soundly beat their competition with a score of 8–4, improving their undefeated doubles record for this season. Sophomore Soren Zeliger and first-year Callan Louis were unstoppable in the second spot, finishing with an untarnished score of 8–0. At the third...

Yeomen Top Ohio Wesleyan 2–7

Nate Levinson

March 13, 2013

The men’s tennis team earned a strong 2–7 victory on the road against conference foe Ohio Wesleyan University last Saturday morning. The win extended Oberlin’s winning streak to three games and gave the Yeomen a great deal of confidence heading into a string of three consecutive games on their home court. Jumping out to an early lead in doubles play has been a primary focus for the team under Coach Eric Ishida. The Yeomen were able to do just that inside the Gordon Field House, taking all three doubles matches. Senior Eliot Heaton and first-year Eli Rogatz sealed a shut- out of Ohio Wesleyan in doubles play with a 2–8 win over their opponents in the third and final doubles match. The Yeomen got off to a...

Women’s Tennis Soars Over Eagles in 7–2 Victory

Taylor Swift

March 8, 2013

After a two-week lull in competition, the women’s tennis team came out on fire last Wednesday night, beating the Ashland University Eagles 7–2. Coming off of a tough loss to Case Western Reserve University, the Yeowomen proved resilient in their hard-fought matches, trumping Ashland for the first time since 2007 and improving to a 5–2 overall record. “We’ve been practicing and lifting as usual the past couple weeks, but it’s always tough to go so long without playing a match,” said NCAC player of the week junior Brenna Sheldon. “It’s a good sign that we came out and played well even after a long break.” The Yeowomen secured early victories, winning two of the three doubles matches. In the top...

Women’s Tennis Suffer First Loss Against Case Western

Erickson Andrews

March 1, 2013

The eighth-ranked Yeowomen suffered their first loss of the spring tennis season on Friday, Feb. 22, as they fell to the seventh-ranked Spartans of Case Western Reserve University 1–8. The Spartans, who beat the Yeowomen 4–5 last year, jumped on the Yeowomen early, winning the first three doubles matches to take a 1–3 lead. To try to make up some ground, Head Coach Constantine Ananiadis made a surprise move, switching senior Farah Leclercq to second singles and bumping junior Brenna Sheldon to first singles. This bold move had the Yeowomen on the verge of winning both matches, but in the end Sara Zargham, the first singles player from Case Western, outlasted Sheldon to take the match 6–7 (8–10), 6–3, 6–7...

Yeowomen Secure 8-1 Victory over Otterbein

Sarah Kahl

February 22, 2013

Last weekend, the women’s tennis team pulled out an impressive win against Otterbein University in what seemed to be a never-ending match. During the five and a half hour contest the Yeowomen never let up, finishing with an 8–1 victory. The team swept all three of the first doubles matches. Senior Farah Leclercq and sophomore Grace Porter were 8–4 winners in the top spot, and seniors Preeya Shah and Brenna Sheldon took the second spot by the same score. The No. 3 doubles first-year pair of Erin Johnson and Ariana Abayomi fought hard for their 9–8 win. “We’ve had a really strong start to our spring season,” said Abayomi. “We’ve won our last three matches. For us freshman, this is very exciting...

Yeowomen Destroy Baldwin Wallace in First Women’s Tennis Match of the Year

Rose Stoloff, Staff Writer

February 15, 2013

The beginning of a new season can often be tricky. Players have to get back into the competitive mode of playing while simultaneously adjusting to both the new roster of players and distractions of the fresh semester. Not so for the women’s tennis team, however, which opened its spring season flawlessly on Saturday, defeating both Baldwin Wallace College and Ursuline University 9-0 at home. Coach Constantine Ananiadis said he uses the first matches of the season to get back into what he calls “match mode.” “You can practice all you want, but if you don’t play matches — real ones, not just against teammates — you’re never truly ready to compete,” said Ananiadis. In their first match Saturday morning,...

Underclassmen Show Promise in First Match of the Season

Nate Levinson

February 15, 2013

The men’s tennis team suffered a tough 6–3 home loss to defending Ohio Athletic Conference champion Baldwin Wallace University in its first match of the season last Saturday. After finishing with a 10–14 record last season, the Yeomen are confident they can make great strides under new Head Coach Eric Ishida. The Yeomen got off to a fast start in doubles play, taking an early lead behind senior Ben Turchin’s and junior Charlie Marks’ 7–5, 9–8 win. Sophomore Soren Zeliger and freshman Callan Louis followed up with a strong performance of their own, defeating their opponent 8–5 to give Oberlin an early 2–0 lead. The lead was short-lived, however, as the Yellow Jackets roared back, winning the last...

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