The Oberlin Review

Volleyball Struggles at Kenyon

Kirby Livingston

September 30, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Varsity Fall, Volleyball

The women’s volleyball team entered its first North Coast Athletic Conference tournament with an 0–9 record and plenty to prove. The Yeowomen were looking to build off of the momentum from their home opener ten days earlier, where they managed to force a fourth set against a solid Muskingum University squad. The long break between matches provided an opportunity to heal injuries and get some extra practice. The Kenyon tournament would prove to be the toughest competition the team had faced all season. Unfortunately, Oberlin could not end its frustrating losing streak over the weekend, as it fell to Denison University, Kenyon College, Ohio Wesleyan University and DePauw University. Things were looking up for...

Women’s Soccer Dominates Away Game

Alen Cisija

September 30, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

While most of Oberlin was sound asleep at 6 a.m. last Sunday morning, the women’s soccer team was on a business trip. The Yeowomen rose at the crack of dawn to travel to Franklin, IN, to face the Grizzlies of Franklin College. A five-and-a-half hour ride, a rainy day and the Grizzlies’ stingy defense weren’t enough to stop Oberlin on its quest to for a .500 record, as the team prevailed with a back-and-forth 3–2 win. Things started off on the wrong foot for the Yeowomen, who gave up a quick goal in the 17th minute. But junior midfielder Hannah Combe responded a minute later, scoring an unassisted goal from distance. Franklin would once again pull ahead on a goal by freshman Maura Singco right before halftime...

Cross Country Continues to Climb

Ashley Parish

September 30, 2011

Filed under Cross Country, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

Oberlin’s cross country teams showed last weekend that they could run with some of the best in the nation at the Purple Valley Classic in Williamstown, MA. The Yeowomen placed sixth in the 16-team meet behind powerhouses Middlebury College — the number-one ranked team in Division III — Williams College, New York University, Plattsburgh State University and Amherst College. In the process, the women’s squad moved up to 31st in the latest national rankings. The men ran well as well, delivering a solid ninth-place finish. “We fared really well against some of the best colleges in the country,” said head Coach Ray Appenheimer. “I think that it can be daunting when you're standing on the line and you're...

Women’s Soccer Falls Just Short against Brockport

James Kriz, Staff Writer

September 23, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The women’s soccer team arrived ready for a tough matchup at Fred Shults Field this past Saturday, Sept. 17. SUNY Brockport entered the contest with an impressive 3–1–1 record, providing an important test for the young and talented Yeowomen squad. On a rare day of peaceful weather in Northeast Ohio, the contest was anything but. The teams combined for a whopping 11 fouls during the game, attesting to the physical nature of what was a very evenly matched contest. The Yeowomen managed to keep pace with Brockport initially, matching shot-for-shot, until a well-placed strike by the Golden Eagles less than 10 minutes into the game provided an early cushion. The Eagles then pressed Oberlin with a strong defensive...

Men’s Soccer Rolls Over Tiffin

Phoebe Hammer

September 23, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The Oberlin College men’s soccer team celebrated its most decisive victory of the season on Wednesday, Sept. 21, defeating Heidelberg University in a 3–0 shutout in nearby Tiffin, Ohio. Despite the final score, the game was a brutal fight to the finish. “It was a scrappy, hard-fought win,” said sophomore goalie Brandt Rentel. “Sometimes you just have to get it done, even if it doesn’t look pretty.” Both teams were aggressive and physical in the first half. There was a relatively even distribution of shots on goal in the first 45 minutes, although Oberlin had the slight edge in ball possession. Both defenses played sound soccer, and with a 0–0 tie at halftime it was still anybody’s game. Then the...

In the Locker Room: Greg Mangan

James Blankenship, Editor-in-Chief

September 23, 2011

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

You graduated in 2009 as Oberlin’s all-time leader in every significant passing category. When you first stepped onto campus as the Quarterback Coach this summer, did it feel sort of surreal? It definitely was. A lot of the guys I knew were gone at that point. I think the seniors now were first-years when I was a senior, so there’s a little bit of carryover. But beyond that, it was kind of like a new blank slate but at the same place. It was surreal, and since I’ve been back it’s totally different not being a student. You also spent some time as a member of the Kent Predators (now the Seattle Timberwolves) of the Indoor Football League. Which was more enjoyable, playing quarterback in college or in the IFL...

Football Can’t Cash In Against Scots

Football Can’t Cash In Against Scots

September 23, 2011

With the stands packed at Savage Stadium, Oberlin football came up agonizingly short in a heartbreaking loss to the College of Wooster Fighting Scots last Saturday. Failing to convert in the red zone on multiple drives, the Yeomen lost a tough 14–3 game. Plagued by costly turnovers and an injury to junior quarterback Josh Mandel, Oberlin could not find the rhythm necessary to claw its way back into the game.  Both teams started out slow, each going three-and-out on their first two possessions. The Yeom...

Women’s Soccer Grabs Two Wins in Indiana

Madeleine O'Meara

September 16, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The Oberlin women’s soccer team continued to be road warriors this season, moving its record to a solid 3–3–1 over the past week. The Yeowomen closed out a pair of tough wins in Indiana over Anderson University and Manchester College before coming up just short in a hard-fought defeat to the University of Mount Union. Oberlin began the weekend looking to avenge a 6–1 loss to conference foe Baldwin-Wallace College. “We really wanted to start fresh and change our attitude,” said senior co-captain Lori Sako. This mindset showed immediate effects, as 10 different players had shots on goal against Anderson. “We wanted to score first and keep the other team on their toes,” Sako said. Midway through...

Cross Country Continues to Lead the Pack

Dylan Holmes

September 16, 2011

Filed under Cross Country, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

The Oberlin men’s and women’s cross country teams have exploded out of the gates this season, posting impressive showings at their first two events of 2011, the Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan Invitationals. This strong start has earned them both regional and national attention, fostering high hopes as they push into the heart of their schedules. Both squads overcame the oppressive heat in Wooster to dominate their respective events at the Wooster Invitational on Sept. 1. The men grabbed the top three spots in the 5,000 meters, as senior Ben Schild crossed the line first at 17 minutes, 8 seconds. Fellow senior Derek Lange was just a step behind at 17:19, and junior Matt Bernstein rounded out the trio with a mark of...

In the Locker Room with Eric Enrico

Alen Cisija

September 16, 2011

Filed under Football, In the Locker Room, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

How did you first get into football? It was because of my dad. He played cornerback for Butler University and so he got me into it at a very young age. I was always playing and always watching football. We had this 100-pound punching bag and he would make me tackle it for practice. What made you choose Oberlin? I got badly injured my senior year of high school. I got speared on a kickoff return and got compartment syndrome on my left leg. I only played a game and a half [that season], so most of the schools that were recruiting me stopped. Oberlin kept recruiting me and gave me a shot, so I ended up visiting and loving it. Plus, it’s just a great school. You can’t really beat the academics, especially in...

Men’s Soccer Posts Shutouts for First Two Wins

James Kriz, Staff Writer

September 16, 2011

Filed under Soccer, SPORTS, Varsity Fall

After opening the season with several tough outings, the men’s soccer team has found its stride, illustrated by the back-to-back victories secured this week. On Saturday the Yeomen traveled to Ada, Ohio, to play Defiance College. Oberlin effectively controlled the tempo throughout the game, gaining a huge 15–2 advantage in shots and also gaining a 9–2 edge in corner kicks taken. First-year midfielder Sam Winward provided the lone goal of the game, putting away a breakaway opportunity in the 13th minute. It was Winward’s first collegiate score; the rookie demonstrated his ability to step up and make a play. The Yeomen almost added a second goal around the 75-minute mark. Senior midfielder Oliver Miller-Farrell...

Volleyball Shows Progress Despite Injuries

Robert Hull

September 16, 2011

Filed under SPORTS, Varsity Fall, Volleyball

The Oberlin volleyball team continued to show that they can be competitive with anyone on the court, playing tightly fought matches at the Marcia French Invitation at Case Western Reserve University and at home against Muskingum University this past week. On day one at Case, the Yeowomen started off with a tight loss to Franciscan University, 29¬–27, 27–25, 25–22. First-year Emma Kimmel proved her worth as a terrific addition to this year’s team, tallying 10 kills and 11 digs. Senior Liz Wong continued to fill the role of a veteran anchor, putting up 12 assists, four digs and three block assists. In the nightcap, Oberlin fell by a score of 25¬–15, 25–16, 25–14 at the hands of the powerful John Carroll...

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