Tennis Wins First, Women Still Unbeaten
by Brian Roche
the Oberlin mens and womens tennis teams enjoyed victories
last Saturday against Otterbein College from Westerville, Ohio.
The men picked up their first win of the season while the women
remained unbeaten at 3-0.
In another close match, the Oberlin men improved their season record
to 1-3 as they slipped past their opponents by a score of 4-3. The
Yeomen put in a bottom heavy performance this week with important
wins coming from first-years Nick Ogren and Ananya Balaram, junior
Matt Fairbanks and sophomore Brad White in the last four singles
positions. Also, the doubles pair of first-year Mark Knee and Balaram
won their number three match with a respectable 6-2, 7-5.
Coach Don Hunsinger said of the match, Well, its a good
start. I think the week before we were very close to winning. It
was a good win because it was competitive and close, and it came
down to the last match. It was really nice, and I think the nice
thing about it was the fact that tennis is a team sport in college,
and we didnt do well at the top like we did the week before.
This week we did well at the bottom, so people picked up the slack,
and, really, with [sophomore] Jay [Frankel] not playing, everbody
has to move up of course, and everybody really picked up their load
and did a great job. I thought everybody played well. Our doubles
played better, and they were good competitive matches, and the effort
was very good. And in singles, I think Ananya was in a tough spot
getting into the singles for the first time and played very well.
Nick had a great match in singles. And I think everybody really
pulled their load and it was clearly a team effort.
Knee added to this, saying, We did well. I was a little disappointed
with my singles outcome but me and Ananya finally pulled out a match,
and the team won, so it feels good.
Coach Hunsinger expressed optimism about the rest of the mens
season, saying, The rest of the season is tough to tell. We
have some matches in the next couple of weeks that we think that
we can do well in. And were playing some tough teams, but
well see if we can keep progressing.
women also picked up a win with the familiar score of 8-1, bringing
their record to 3-0. Junior co-captains Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz and
Laura Koehn led the team with wins of 6-1, 6-1 and 6-2, 6-3 in the
number one and number three matches, respectively. First-years Jess
Hauser and Barbara Burkholder, as well as sophomore Whitney Reicheld,
also put in good performances, winning the fourth, fifth and sixth
single matches by scores of 6-2, 6-1; 6-1, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-1 respectively.
Ary Amerikaner, who won her number two singles match with the scores
6-2, 7-5, said of the match, We played really well, especially
in singles. In doubles we had a little bit of trouble, but not bad.
And hopefully we can build on it because this [Saturdays]
match is going to be a tough one. Its one of the biggest ones
of the season.
The women will host Hope College on Saturday at 1 p.m., while the
men are off.