The Oberlin Review

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...

In the Locker Room with Sam Towne and Joe Leffler

Madeline O'Meara, Sports Editor

February 24, 2012

How did you decide to play tennis at Oberlin? ST: For me, my high school didn’t have a tennis team, so I had never really played competitively, but I took lessons and always enjoyed playing and enjoyed watching it… and I thought, “So I’m at a D-III school, and maybe I have a chance of making the team” — and I thought it would be a good way to fill up my time. JL: [The time I decided to play] was kind of during orientation. I decided on a whim to meet with the tennis coach. I played in high school, and I met up with the other freshman recruits and hit a bunch and realized it was going to be fun to play. And it was not so good of a team that I would actually get a chance to play. ST: [I also wan...

Lewis Leads Streak in Women’s Tennis

Lewis Leads Streak in Women’s Tennis

February 24, 2012

The women's tennis team left its home court with an 8–1 victory over Otterbein University this Saturday, adding another win to its now 4–1 record. “[Otterbein] is a solid team,” said sophomore Brenna Sheldon. “They are the kind of team that, in the past, if we had made mistakes, they would have gotten us back.” This year, the new team is solid at every position and the Otterbein Cardinals never even came close to outmatching their opponents. The success began early in the dou...

Women’s Tennis Racks up Points in Season Opener

Shahab Raza

February 17, 2012

Perhaps the most impressive part of the display put on by the women’s tennis team last Saturday at John W. Heisman Fieldhouse was how incredibly routine it was. The Yeowomen came out in their double-header with an unassuming nonchalance, losing only one of nine matches against Baldwin-Wallace College and then repeating the feat a few hours later against Malone University. In many ways the day was representative of the program in general — quietly confident rather than flamboyant, but unrelenting and tenacious. The girls showed no signs of rustiness early Saturday morning and immediately got into their stride, not letting up the entire day. The fun started in the morning contest against Baldwin-Wallace. In doubles...

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