Women's Tennis Stumbles
The 2007 women’s tennis season opened with a difficult non-conference match against Baldwin-Wallace this past Saturday. The doubles competition got off to a bad start with two consecutive losses of 3-8 in the one and two spots.
Junior Kimiko Glynn and senior Bianca Barr played at the one with junior Jackie Golden and sophomore Elle Anzinger at the two. Sophomore twin sisters, Jane and Olivia Hayden, played a great match at the three, winning 8-3 and bringing Oberlin its first win.
Glynn developed a case of sciatica during her doubles match and was unable to compete in singles. Barr then lost a tough match in the one spot. After dropping the first set 1-6, she put up a closer fight in the second set, but was unable to close the gap, however, and lost 3-6.
Golden played an equally tough match at the two spot, in which she lost the first set 3-6 after appearing to have the advantage. The second set was an unforgiving one as she lost 0-6. The three spot was played by Anzinger, who started strong in her first set. Her opponent began hitting some well-placed shots, however, and managed to overtake Anzinger. Though the first set ended in a close loss of 4-6, the second set ended with a much broader gap between the scores, with Anzinger losing 1-6.
Jane Hayden played a close first set at the four spot that led to a tie-breaker. The tie-breaker ended in a loss for Jane Hayden at 5-7, since the second set also ended in a 3-6 loss. Olivia Hayden had the five spot and played a great match. Her well-placed shots and relentless play made the match seem one-sided as she won her first and second sets 6-1 and 6-2 for Oberlin’s second win. Sophomore Kelly Sipp also played a great match in the six spot, winning her match with little trouble; her first set ended 6-0 and her second ended 6-1. Despite these last performances, the team still lost 3-6 to Baldwin-Wallace.
Glynn remained positive after the defeat. “BW was a tough team to start out with, but we played with good attitude and we still fought hard,” she said.
The other team members agreed that they are all getting better every day. The team will look to bounce back against Otterbein on Saturday, Feb. 24 at home.