Game, set, match. Last Saturday, the Yeowomen won the match, the sets and all but one game against Siena Heights College.
Siena Heights came to Oberlin with just four players, two players short for the customary six singles, three doubles match. The Yeowomen soon made Siena Heights wonder why they'd even showed up.
First-year Tara Sievers lost only one game on her way to a 6-0, 6-1 victory at number four singles. The defeat represented Oberlin's sole loss of the day and Sievers' first loss this season. Head coach Don Hunsinger called the lopsided victory unusual, but was pleased that the players kept up their intensity. Hunsiinger said, "They were sharp throughout the match."
Sophomore Kate Petersen said, "You just play the best you can. If you are better than your opponents then you are better. But you are not going to let down, you're going to win."
An easy match at number three doubles gave senior Julieta del Rio a chance to relax after experiencing a bout of nervousness in her debut singles match.
The team has not been nervous in their first two matches and needs to notch just one more victory to fulfill Hunsinger's pre-season prediction that the Yeowomen would win their first three matches. Their third match is today at Otterbein College. The match was originally scheduled for last week, but was rescheduled after a flurry of bad weather.
Playing Otterbein will warm up the Yeowomen for their first conference match, tomorrow at Wittenberg University. Wittenberg finished ahead of Oberlin in the NCAC last year, although the Yeowomen never got the chance to battle the Tigers. Hunsinger said, "We want to win this match badly."
The Yeowomen's second conference match is next Wednesday against Case Western Reserve University. The team heads south for Spring Break to play a string of non-conference matches in Atlanta and Hilton Head, SC.
The team is looking forward to their trip. Del Rio said, "It will be sunny and we can play outside. We just get to hang out and play tennis."
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Volume 124, Number 18; March 15, 1996
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