The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Alice Zicht and Lori Sako

Kirby Livingston

April 6, 2012

How long has it been since the team was this successful? Lori Sako: This has been our best start to a season since 1995 or 1996. Alice Zicht: We’re making herstory. How have you dealt with the numerous coaching and personnel changes over the past few seasons? AZ: The experience has really brought us together. We’re so much more of a family now. There is no divide between upperclassmen and underclassmen since [Head] Coach McDevitt and [Assistant] Coach Flego are new to all of us. We have learned that we play for each other and not our coaches. LS: [The changes have] made us a lot more mentally tough. You’ve already won twice as many games as you won last year, and you’re guaranteed to go at least .5...

To Nationals and Back: Molly Martorella

Quinn Hull, Staff Writer

April 6, 2012

Rumor has it you had some “airplane trouble” on the way to the meet last Thursday. Yeah. They made us fly out of Cleveland even though there was no possible way to land in Memphis [because of inclement weather]. We tried to land once and it was really bad. It was like being inside of a roller coaster but not being able to see where you were going. … I was just trying not to vomit. [Head Coach] Ray [Appenheimer] was a little nauseous. [Assistant Coach] Alaina [Chodoff] was just grabbing onto the guy sitting next to her, panicking, and he was trying to reassure her. A lot of people were freaking out, but there were some people we couldn’t understand that were, like, laughing. … I guess different people...

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...

Women’s Softball Balances Wins and Losses in First Spring Tournament

Samantha Dudzinski, Staff Writer

March 16, 2012

The Yeowomen started off their season with a four-game tournament at Centre College in Kentucky last weekend. The Yeowomen won two games against Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, while losing two more against the home team Centre on Saturday and against Spalding University on Sunday. That 2–2 showing is the Yeowomen’s best record to start a season since 2003. On Saturday, the Yeowomen’s first game against Centre resulted in a 2–5 loss. First-year Katie Pieplow took the loss on the mound, allowing five hits and four earned runs. Despite good hitting for the Yeowomen, they could not move their base runners around, leaving six runners left on base. Offensively, Oberlin saw good days at the plate from sophomore...

Men’s Baseball Closes Out CU Cardinals

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

March 16, 2012

Zach Jaspers is not a huge guy, listed at around 5 feet 7 inches and 150 pounds on the baseball roster. But on Sunday, the junior outfielder stood tall like a Yeoman, driving home the team’s seventh and game-winning run against the Concordia University Cardinals in a 7–6 victory. “Everybody was really excited about that,” Jaspers said of his hit. “It was a nice way to start the weekend off.” Quite the understatement. The Yeomen manufactured the momentum from Jasper’s game-winner into a second win, 8–4, later that Sunday against the Cardinals at All-Pro Freight Stadium in Avon, Ohio. And though the Yeomen dropped a tightly contested 5–4 game on Wednesday to Bluffton University, it’s safe to say...

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...

Yeo Baby! Women Place Second, Men Fifth at Track and Field Conference Championships

Molly Bloom, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

The track and field team got the opportunity to flex their proverbial quads and biceps this weekend at the Indoor North Coast Athletic Conference Championship meet at Wabash College, proving why they are among the conference’s best. The Yeowomen utilized their superior balance — with contributions from distance, sprints and throws — to finish as runners-up to Ohio Wesleyan University, improving their third-place finish from a year ago. The men also turned in an impressive showing, finishing fifth in the nine-team field. On the women’s side, sophomore Molly Martorella was once again the big story. Two weeks after defeating a school record with her 4 minutes 56.73 second mile at the Boston Valentine Invitational,...

Newcomer of the Year: Christina Marquette

Quinn Hull, Sports Editor

March 9, 2012

On when she found out about winning the award: We’d just finished our post-season meetings with Coach [Kerry Jenkins], like our individual meetings. He called me and was, like, “Oh, you won this.” I was like “Yeah, I get to call my parents.” On atoning for a disappointing final year of high school: I really love it here, but [coming out of high school] I really wanted to play D-I basketball, like, that was my dream growing up. But then ending up here, I really like it. It was like, “Oh, all that must have happened to put me here.” I felt like it was all coming together, and I was supposed to end up here, like D-I wasn’t really for me. I kind of ended up in a good spot, and then that award was rea...

In the Locker Room: Alex Guo

Samantha Dudzinski, Staff Writer

March 9, 2012

What’s the best part about being on the track and field team? I would say the conference meet, because you get there and you’ve trained with these people the whole season. The amazing things you accomplish, you know that it’s through all the hard work you put in with your teammates every day. It’s a good feeling to say, “We did this together.” When you look at all of our points, you can’t just say it’s from one person — it’s from the entire team. Do you have any goals for the upcoming outdoor track season? I’ve got a few. The guys did not finish as well as we had hoped during the indoor conference meet, so a big goal is to improve on what we did in this indoor season and have a reall...

Baseball Season Preview: Young Yeomen Aim High

Phoebe Hammer

March 2, 2012

The men’s baseball team is headed to Chillicothe, Ohio, to play Case Western Reserve University this weekend for its first game of the season. After a long preseason that included coming back to campus early for two-a-day practices, the Yeomen are ready to get on the field. “I’m just happy to be going outside again,” said sophomore second baseman Michael McDonald. “I couldn’t go to sleep last night thinking about the season. I’m really pumped, and I think everyone is.” It has been difficult for the men to practice in Williams Field House, especially sharing with other spring sports teams. “There is so much set-up for baseball,” explained Head Coach Adrian Abrahamowicz, who is beginning his second...

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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