The Oberlin Review

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...

In the Locker Room: Brenna Sheldon and Preeya Shah

Phoebe Hammer, Sports Editor

February 8, 2013

How did you come to play tennis at Oberlin? Brenna Sheldon: I found out about Oberlin from [Head Coach] Constantine [Ananiadis]. He sent me letters and called me and emailed me and left me messages. I never would have come here if not for him. Preeya Shah: I picked Oberlin for its academics first, but Coach was a huge driving factor. He does a great job recruiting. I was on the phone with him for sometimes hours at random times before I came here. BS: But I should also add that I didn’t come here just for tennis. I loved Oberlin when I visited! What is it like being on a team so small? PS: There are definitely pros and cons. For a tennis team, there is no real disadvantage because everyone gets an opportun...

Tennis’ Fall Season Ending on a High Note

Sarah Kahl

January 27, 2013

The men’s and women’s tennis teams both showed tremendous promise at each of their matches last weekend. The men hosted their annual Invitational, while the women traveled to Greencastle, IN, where they competed in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region Championships. On the women’s side, senior Brenna Sheldon headlined the team’s effort at the three-day event, advancing all the way to the semifinals of the ITA Central Region Championships. “It was actually a really fun match,” exclaimed Sheldon. “We played really well, and got to see what we were individually capable of, while having the support from our team.” Seeded 10th in the 128-person field, Sheldon made it to the tournament’s...

Yeowomen Set New Precedent, Runners-Up at NCACs

Phoebe Hammer, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

Last weekend, for the first time in recent history, the women’s tennis team competed in the North Coast Athletic Conference championships. Although it lost 1–5 to the eight-ranked team in the nation, DePauw University, the Yeowomen put together one of the best seasons in program history and still have a chance to make the NCAA tournament with an at-large bid. The Yeowomen, despite playing such a formidable opponent, came into the match with high expectations. “We were clearly the underdogs, but also knew that at every spot in our lineup we could compete with them, and even win. We were really ready going into the match,” said sophomore Brenna Sheldon, who played in the No. 2 singles spot. “There was...

Yeo-Racqueteers End Season on High

Kate Hanick, Staff Writer

May 4, 2012

Following a tough 1–5 loss to Allegheny College, the men’s tennis team pulled off an impressive 5–4 win against Ohio Wesleyan University on Sunday, April 29, at the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship tournament in Gambier, OH. The win, which concluded the Yeomen’s season, earned them seventh place in the NCAC, ahead of Ohio Wesleyan and The College of Wooster. Senior Joe Leffler led the Yeomen against OWU, winning at No. 6 singles in a tightly contested match that went into extra games each set. Leffler won the first tiebreaker by a nail-biting 7–6 (7–1) score, lost the second set 5–7 and then rallied to score four straight points in the match-ending 7–6 (7–5) final set win. “It was...

Women’s Tennis Shows No Signs of Slowing

Kirby Livingston and Molly Bloom

April 20, 2012

The women's tennis squad is nearly finished with its best regular season since 2007. The team’s 16–5 overall record is highlighted by an ongoing 11-game winning streak, which continued on Tuesday in an 8–1 win against conference rival Kenyon College. But the streak’s high point came two days earlier, when the Yeowomen stunned the ten-time reigning North Coast Athletic Conference champions from Denison University, ranked No. 26 in the nation, by a margin of 3–6. “[Denison] has consistently proven to have some of the top competitors, not only in our conference, but in our region,” said junior Preeya Shah, who has won her last 13 matches in singles play. “That’s why coming off the court with a convincing...

Spring Update: Slew of Successes

Quinn Hull and Madeline O'Meara

April 6, 2012

Women’s Lacrosse The Yeowomen set the bar high as they began their spring season with the best start in program history, setting off an eight-game winning streak before losing to last year’s North Coast Athletic Conference champion, Denison University. First-year phenom Kate Hanick was named NCAC Player of the Week and leads the team in scoring with 29 goals. The team has already doubled their wins from last season and needs only one more win to have a .500 record. Head Coach Jacqueline McDevitt looks forward to the rest of conference play. “We have built a solid foundation over the past two months, and I am excited and energized to put into play all of the things we’ve learned,” McDevitt said. Men’s...

Despite this Week’s Losses, Women’s Tennis Maintains Winning Record

Phoebe Hammer, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

This week the women’s tennis team fell 5–4 in a close match against their regional rivals from Cleveland, 14th-ranked Case Western Reserve University. Tensions were high for the Yeowomen, ranked 19th in the region, who almost eked out the win. As per usual, senior Ariel Lewis put up one of the games highlights by upsetting Case’s Erika Lim, the Central Region’s 2nd ranked player in straight sets of 6–3, 6–4. Junior Preeya Shah and senior Carolyn Ball, in the No.5 and No.6 spots, respectively, also came out strong in singles play. Shah beat her opponent 6–3, 6–3, while Ball easily won her matches 6–2, 6–3. Doubles competition was evenly matched, which head coach Constantine Ananiadis called “good...

In the Locker Room: Ariel Lewis

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

March 2, 2012

Lewis, the senior matriarch of Yeowomen tennis, has started her final season emphatically by winning four of her first five contests. She sits down with the Review to share a little of her strategic wisdom, as well as her affinity for sweet chili sauce.   What made you decide to play tennis at Oberlin? I’ve been playing tennis since I was about 4 years old, and I played in high school. I knew that it was something I wanted to continue doing in college. I was being recruited by a bunch of different schools. I got a call from Constantine [Ananiadis, women’s tennis head coach] and he said “You should check out Oberlin, I think you would really like it.” And I was just like, “Yeah, whatever....

Yeomen Build Momentum with Dismantling of Mount Union

James Kriz

March 2, 2012

The men’s tennis team gave the University of Mount Union a reality check on Feb. 29 in Alliance, Ohio, earning a decisive 2–7 victory in the match. The Yeomen entered the contest with a 3–4 record, while Mount Union was riding a three-win hot streak. This hot streak seemed like a distant memory for Mount Union, however, with Oberlin capturing a clear advantage in both the doubles and the singles competition. In the doubles top spot, Mount Union boasted a duo that bested the strong combination of sophomore Charlie Marks, and first-year Soren Zeliger. While this setback might have been troubling initially, the Yeomen dominated the rest of the doubles competition. In the second spot, the teaming of sophomore Logan...

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