The Oberlin Review

In the Locker Room: Chinwe Okona and Laura Jessee

Madeleine O'Meara, Sports Editor

September 28, 2012

How long have you been playing volleyball? Laura Jessee: I’ve been playing volleyball since sixth grade, and I’ve played club since eighth grade. Chinwe Okona: I’ve also been playing since sixth grade. I never played club, and I also took a break for two years to do marching band. [Laughs.] In ninth and tenth grade of high school I did marching band. And then I decided it wasn’t what I wanted to do. How is the team dynamic different from previous years? LJ: It’s definitely different. CO: It’s so different. I think we’re still really structured, but I think there’s an element of fun that’s been introduced that we didn’t have when we were freshmen. I also think that we’re all a lot closer...

Volleyball Works to Change Culture

Phoebe Hammer

October 7, 2011

Despite positive signs for the future, the women’s volleyball team left their home court disappointed again on Wednesday night. The Yeowomen fell to the Baldwin-Wallace College Yellow Jackets in three sets, 11–25, 8–25, 13–25. Providing a glimpse into the program’s bright future, a pair of first-years, outside hitter Christine Antonsen and setter Jenna Bange, set the example for the other players, with Antonsen scoring nine kills and Bauge earning 13 assists and ten blocks. “Christine and Jenna were really consistent tonight,” senior captain Liz Wong said. “I felt that those two really carried the team well and played as though losing was not an option.” The loss dropped Oberlin’s record...

Volleyball Struggles at Kenyon

Kirby Livingston

September 30, 2011

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...

Volleyball Shows Progress Despite Injuries

Robert Hull

September 16, 2011

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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