The Oberlin Review

Standards Too High for Serena

Hannah Keidan

September 14, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

As a tennis player, I grew up watching the Williams sisters on television. They were — and still are — my heroes. I would sit criss-cross-applesauce on the family room floor, eyes glazed over, head bobbing back and forth to follow the ball, barely understanding what was happening on the screen. Back in those days, Venus and Serena often played one another in the finals of tournaments. I would root for Venus, since she was the big sister, and my little sister would cheer on Serena. While Venus has fallen out of the spotlight in recent years, Serena continues to dominate the sports page. Yet as I age, I’ve seen her reputation dragged through the mud time and time again. Whether it be positive or negat...

Men’s Tennis Splits Heading into NCAC Tournament

Men’s Tennis Splits Heading into NCAC Tournament

April 27, 2018

The No. 37 men’s tennis team finished the regular season with a pair of matches last weekend, easily dispatching the Allegheny College Gators 8–1 Saturday and dropping a close contest to the No. 28 Denison University Big Red 6–3 Sunday. The Yeomen enter the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament as the third seed behind Kenyon College and Denison with a record of 9–9. In the first matchup Saturday, the Yeomen dominated the Gators in singles play, winning all six pairings. Sophomore Cam...

Hughes, McDermott Highlight Successful Spring Break Trip

Hughes, McDermott Highlight Successful Spring Break Trip

March 30, 2018

The women’s tennis team doesn’t pay much attention to their record or national ranking, despite boasting an impressive 10–5 record. The plan is the same every year: gain a competitive advantage over North Coast Athletic Conference opponents by scheduling tough opponents before conference play begins. The Yeowomen collected three hard-earned wins during their spring break trip to Orlando, FL, which should give them a boost of confidence and some momentum as they look to build on their six-matc...

Liberal Stereotyping Undercuts Sportsmanship

Jackie McDermott, Staff Writer

March 9, 2018

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Column

A tennis court is 78 feet long. A block of blue space striped with white lines stretches between each player as we wage an intense, individual war. Pumping adrenaline and high stakes combined with a questionable line call can make things personal, causing us to label an opponent as “cheater,” or worse, “bitch.” Sometimes, in the heat of battle, we think only of our differences from the person on the other side of the net. My differences with my opponent from Centre College revealed themselves off-court, after our singles match, when she pulled on a light blue t-shirt that read “TRUMP: MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN” in block letters colored with the American flag. “Wow, look.” I tapped my dad’s arm and tried to sub...

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Begin Spring Season

Men’s and Women’s Tennis Begin Spring Season

February 16, 2018

Last week brought starkly different results for the men’s and women’s tennis teams. The Yeowomen earned back-to-back 9–0 wins against the Baldwin Wallace University Yellow Jackets and the Otterbein University Cardinals, while the Yeomen fell to the Case Western Reserve University Spartans and University of Chicago Maroons 1–8 and 0–9, respectively. “We felt good [going into the matches],” men’s tennis Head Coach Eric Ishida said. “There were definitely some positives to take...

Tennis Continues Strong Season with ITA Performances

Tennis Continues Strong Season with ITA Performances

October 6, 2017

The men’s and women’s tennis teams both demonstrated strength and skill entering the second half of their fall seasons. The Yeomen shined bright at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Central Regionals at Kalamazoo College last weekend with domination in doubles play, led by seniors Manickam Manickam and Robert Gittings, who beat Westminster College 8–2 in the first round. The Yeowomen followed up a commanding ITA Central Regionals win in Oberlin with a 7–2 victory over the University of...

Tennis Teams Win Big at Opening Invitationals

Tennis Teams Win Big at Opening Invitationals

September 15, 2017

The women’s and men’s tennis teams both hit the road last weekend to start their respective seasons with fierce competition on both sides. The women competed at Division I Bowling Green State University in the Bowling Green Invitational, and the men squared off in Gambier, OH, at the Kenyon College Invitational. Both teams have a lot to look forward to this year, with the men’s team coming off a historic third-place finish in last year’s North Coast Athletic Conference championships and the...

Feature Photo: Women’s Tennis Hosts Invitational

Feature Photo: Women’s Tennis Hosts Invitational

September 16, 2016

Over 100 women’s tennis players took to the Don Hunsinger courts for the 10th–annual Oberlin Invitational from Sept. 9–11. The invitational gave the Yeowomen a chance to compete against North Coast Athletic Conference foes Denison University and The College of Wooster as well as Division II Slippery Rock University and West Virginia State University. A total of 12 teams participated in the tournament, in which players and doubles pairs compete individually — no team scores are kept. Play...

Play for Pride, Not Points in Olympic Tennis

September 2, 2016

Filed under SPORTS, Sports Editorials & Features

What does a combination of pure joy and absolute disbelief look like? The look on Mónica Puig’s face as she flung her neon yellow Babolat Pure Aero onto hallowed Olympic ground, raised two fists in the air and marveled at her unbelievable achievement. The scrappy, passionate 22-year-old, ranked number 35 in the world at the start of Olympic tennis, had just become the Cinderella champion of a draw laden with major champions, including four-time gold medalist Serena Williams. As Puig sank to the ground in amazement, she rejoiced not due to any gain in Women’s Tennis Association ranking points that would rocket her to the top of the tour, but because she was overwhelmed with the weight of the pride she had brought...

In The Locker Room with Erin Johnson, Brenna Sheldon and Grace Porter

In The Locker Room with Erin Johnson, Brenna Sheldon and Grace Porter

April 11, 2014

This week the Review sat down with women’s tennis players senior Brenna Sheldon, junior Grace Porter and sophomore Erin Johnson to discuss their recent spring break trip, past seasons’ success and what drew them to Oberlin. What are your thoughts on the season thus far? Brenna Sheldon: I think our season has been pretty good so far. We have had our ups and our downs; spring break was really tough. We played top teams in the nation, and that was good for us, apparently, but really hard. Giv...

Yeowomen Hang Tough with Spartans

Yeowomen Hang Tough with Spartans

February 14, 2014

Coming off a solid 9–0 victory Saturday against the Baldwin Wallace Yellow Jackets, the Yeowomen were unable to withstand their competition Sunday as they took on the Case Western Reserve Spartans, ranked No. 25 nationally, losing 6–3. Playing on their home court, the Yeowomen started out strong as ITA Central Region's fourth-ranked player, senior Brenna Sheldon, soundly defeated her opponent Marianne Bonanno in the top spot, winning straight matches 6–1, 6–3 to secure the first point for ...

Yeomen Look Sharp in First Match

Suzanna Doak

February 14, 2014

Filed under SPORTS, Tennis

This past weekend the men’s tennis team traveled to Indiana to play Wabash College, where they secured a close 5–4 victory over the Little Giants. First– year Abraham Davis scored the match-winning point in singles against fellow first–year from Wabash, Mazin Hakim. He recorded  scores 7–6 and 6–2, foreshadowing a strong season to come. Junior Soren Zeliger anticipated that the match would be challenging. “We were expecting a close match and were really glad to have pulled it out,” he said. While Head Coach Eric Ishida was excited about the win, he knows that his team can do better. “We played well against Wabash, but had to come back from down 3–1 to win the team victory. As we mature as a team...

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