Lose Two Matches
by David Cammarata
the volleyball season continues, the Oberlin College womens
volleyball team perseveres through the trials and tribulations of
a season that has been more difficult than pleasurable. This season
has taught this team some serious lessons and it has prepared them
well for the rest of a season that shows little hope of giving much
light in a dreary downpour of defeat.
With a record that some people dont even wish upon the worst
of cross-town rivals, the team has sunk; however, as many people
might note, it is possible to go much further. This is a team that
has shown remarkable ability to come together and persevere through
these trying times. This is a team that has battled for every point,
fought for every game and gone home silent and angry after the difficult
On Sept. 29 the Yeowomen were confronted with a double header against
Thiel College (Pa.) and Albion College (Mich.). It is difficult
to look at the scores of these two matches and proclaim even a moral
victory for the Yeowomen. It is even more difficult to talk to the
players on the team and hear shining reports about the possibilities
that this team has.
Even on a weekend where the Yeowomen were forced to start two players
that had received little or no previous playing, they still competed.
In the first contest of wills they fell in four sets. The scores
of those sets were 20-30, 11-30, 30-28 and 22-30. Each match played
on Saturday, every serve, every bump, every pass, these Yeowomen
battled for respect not just from their fans but for themselves.
After the defeat was handed to the Yeowomen by Thiel, they battled
Albion. Albion had come all the way from Michigan for this contest.
After a long bus ride and a long day they were ready for the Yeowomen.
To say that they handed the Oberlin College womens volleyball
team a sound thumping would be an understatement. Yet, again, these
women came out to play; however, in an attempt to fight for a victory,
they fell 14-30, 11-30 and 18-30.
Amber Coleman gives, perhaps, the best version of what is happening.
Things are coming together nicely, we just need to put the
icing on the cake, Coleman said. This comment speaks volumes
for the Womens volleyball team at Oberlin College. There is
a solid team here, but it is necessary for the Yeowomen to get the
sweet taste of victory several more times before this season is
another sad twist of the sports gods, the Yeowomen battled Notre
Dame College of Ohio on Wednesday. This night game that took place
away was a scene that is reminiscent of the rest of the season so
far. The Yeowomen fell in three sets; 23-30, 11-30, 20-30. It was
definitely a tough game that sent many of these women home upset.
However, it is possible to see the rays of light shining through
towards the end of this season. With all of these problems that
have been faced it is possible to say that there will be a bright
day ahead for Oberlin.
The losses drop Oberlins record to 1-17 overall and 1-2 in
North Coast Athletic Conference play. Saturday, the Yeowomen face
Wooster and Ohio Wesleyan at home.