The Oberlin Review

Inspired By Myles Garrett, Athletes Join Aggression Debate

Khalid McCalla, Contributing Sports Editor

December 6, 2019

Over the course of the last month, several high profile sports leagues and the NCAA have seen suspensions handed out due to fighting. In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid and Minnesota Timberwolves’ Karl- Anthony Towns got into a fistfight during a game in October, leading to both players missing key time. This past Saturday, University of Georgia wide receiver, George Pickens, was ejected after fighting Georgia Tech defensive back Tre Swilling. These incidents bookended an all-out brawl that occurred between the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Cleveland Browns on Nov. 14, which culminated in Browns defensive end Myles Garrett hitting Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph in the head with Rudolph...

OC Athletics Senior Day Photo Series

Alexis Dill, Sports Editor

April 26, 2019

Balancing academics, athletics, and other extracurriculars at an elite institution like Oberlin is a challenge that very few student-athletes manage to tackle for all four years. Last weekend, four different varsity teams at Oberlin honored their seniors and celebrated the contributions they have made in the classroom, in the community, and on their respective field or court over the past four years. Softball The softball team honored its trio of seniors — Kat Ladouceur, Hannah Rasmussen, and Emma Downing — on Saturday with a celebratory lunch in the Knowlton Athletics Complex and at Culhane Field before their doubleheader with the Kenyon College Ladies Wednesday. The Yeowomen earned a split, ru...

Zachary Vaughn

In The Locker Room with Zachary Vaughn, Junior Tennis Player, Undergraduate Research Fellow, and STEM Student

April 19, 2019

Like many Oberlin student-athletes, College junior Zachary Vaughn has his hands full. When the Chemistry major and Math minor isn’t in the lab conducting research or doing work for class, he can be found on the tennis courts competing in both doubles and singles matches. His athletic feats did not go unnoticed last year — he was an All-NCAC Honorable Mention selection and has now taken on a leadership role on the men’s tennis team, in light of the team being particularly young this y...

Sophomore Stephen Gruppuso had one of his best performances of the spring in the Yeomen’s battle with the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops Sunday. Gruppuso and fellow sophomore Camron Cohen earned an 8–4 victory at No. 1 in doubles play.

Men’s Tennis Tops Battling Bishops, Finishes Third

May 4, 2018

The men’s tennis team clinched third place in the North Coast Athletic Conference at its annual tournament last Sunday. After beating the DePauw University Tigers 5–1 last Friday, the Yeomen dropped their semi-finals matchup to the Denison University Big Red 5–1, sending them to the matchup for third place against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops with another 5–1 win. Against the Bishops, the Yeomen won their second-straight third-place prize. To senior Michael Drougas, who pla...

Senior Michael Drougas celebrated his illustrious collegiate career at Senior Day last Saturday with an 8–1 victory against Ohio Wesleyan University. Drougas and fellow senior Manickam Manickam sealed an 8–5 victory at No. 2 doubles.

Men’s Tennis Enjoys Victory Against OWU on Senior Day

April 6, 2018

Four seniors who helped the men’s tennis team rise to become a formidable force in both the North Coast Athletic Conference and the region celebrated their Senior Day Saturday against the Ohio Wesleyan University Battling Bishops, winning 8–1. Following the Senior Day ceremonies, as the Yeomen hoisted “fatheads” of their senior leaders, they convincingly swept doubles and eventually earned their second conference win, improving their overall record to 7–7. As parents, grandparents, and frie...

Sophomore Stephen Gruppuso played a major role in the Yeomen’s victory over No. 35 Hobart College Sunday. Gruppuso and fellow sophomore Camron Cohen won their doubles match in the No. 1 spot 7–5, which gave the team momentum going into singles play.

Men’s Tennis Gains Momentum, Tops No. 35 Hobart

March 9, 2018

The men’s tennis team defeated the No. 35 nationally ranked Hobart Statesmen 6–3 Sunday to win their third match in a row, improving to 4–6 on the season. After a brutal opening slate that included four losses in five contests, the Yeomen are finding their rhythm going into spring break and conference play. “Our doubles were as solid as we’ve had in any team I’ve coached here,” Head Coach Eric Ishida said. “It was just a great team effort. Camron [Cohen] and Stephen [Gruppuso] continue...

Junior Manickam Manickam completes a forehand follow-through. The Yeomen completed their season with a 5–2 victory over Denison University in the third-place match of the NCAC Tournament.

Tennis Downs Denison at NCACs

May 5, 2017

Oberlin tennis earned exhilarating back-to-back victories over rival Denison University Big Red, as both the men’s and women’s teams won their Sunday matches to finish third in the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships. The Yeomen made program history with their 5–2 win, beating the Big Red for the first time in 43 years, while the Yeowomen finished their season on a win for the first time since 2014 with a 5–4 victory. Oberlin’s men’s team was led by its seniors, who demonstrated...

Robert Gittings (left) and Mattie Gittings

In the Locker Room with Men’s Tennis

April 14, 2017

This week, the Review sat down with the Gittings brothers to discuss men’s tennis’ 5–0 spring trip to South Carolina, the remaining regular season matchups and their preparations for the North Coast Athletic Conference tournament. Hailing from Larchmont, NY, Robert, a junior, and Mattie, a sophomore, grew up playing together and have taken their chemistry to the Oberlin courts for multiple seasons now. This interview has been edited for length and clarity. What is it like playing with your ...

First-year Stephen Gruppuso loads up for a forehand. Grupposo earned wins at No. 3 singles and No. 2 doubles in Oberlin’s decisive 6¬–2 victory over conference rival Wabash College Saturday.

Men’s Tennis Squashes Wabash Little Giants

February 10, 2017

While battles between the Wabash College Little Giants and the Yeomen are typically close, Oberlin dominated last Saturday, sweeping doubles in a decisive 6–2 victory at Medical Mutual Tennis Pavilion in Cleveland, Ohio. Bolstered by a strong class of first-years, the Yeomen are currently ranked 40th nationally and 11th in the Central Region of the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, boasting a 2–0 record. “We’ve had a solid start to the season because this is one of the most hardworking...

Junior Abraham Davis readies to return a volley at Oberlin’s invitational event this past weekend. Davis was 3–0 in singles play at the event and would finish with an overall record of 5–1. The Yeomen travel to St. Louis this weekend for the ITA Central Region Championships.

Yeomen Dominate at Season Opener

September 25, 2015

The Yeomen started their season with a competitive performance at their own invitational event this past weekend. After finishing the 2014-2015 season ranked 12th in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Region and winning over 61 percent of their single matches, the Yeomen had high expectations for the start of their 2015-2016 season. This past weekend, they fulfilled some of those expectations, finish­ing the weekend event with a 19–12 record in singles play over three rounds of individual...

Ishida Named NCAC Coach of the Year

Jackie McDermott, Staff Writer

May 1, 2015

The men’s tennis team earned a fourth-place finish at the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, which concluded on April 26, capping off a 12–11 season. Head Coach Eric Ishida was named NCAC Coach of the Year following the tournament, while sophomore Ian Paik and first-year Michael Drougas also earned NCAC accolades. In the first match of the NCAC tournament, the fifth-seeded Yeomen earned an exciting 5–3 upset over the fourth-seeded Wabash College Little Giants. After falling 5–4 to the Little Giants during the regular season, the team made a statement in doubles competition, coming out strong with victories in the second and third flights. The second-flight pairing of Paik and Drougas kicked off an intense...

Sophomore Ian Paik prepares to return a shot in a game against the Allegheny College Gators last Saturday at the Don Hunsinger Courts. The Yeomen defeated the Gators 7–2 en route to the North Coast Athletic Conference Championships this weekend in Gambier, Ohio.

Men’s Tennis Beats Gators, Heads to Playoffs

April 27, 2015

The men’s tennis team bested conference rival the Allegheny College Gators 7–2 last Saturday to clinch the fifth seed in the upcoming North Conference Athletic Conference tournament. The Yeomen sent senior captain Soren Zeliger off with the program’s first win over Allegheny in 10 years on his Senior Day. The team, which fell to the Case Western Reserve University Spartans the next day, finished the regular season at 11–9 with a 2–1 record in the NCAC. The atmosphere was lively at the Do...

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