|Mens, womens tennis overcome Allegheny
By Steffon Thomas
The Oberlin tennis teams hit the court on Saturday to take on the Allegheny
College Gators in non-conference action. Both the men and the women came out with big wins, giving
them needed momentum going into the end of season and the conference tournament.
The women proved to be too much for the Lady Gators as Oberlin tallied up their
14th win of the season and an impressive fourth shutout victory for the year, 9-0.
The combination of senior Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz and sophomore Ary Amerikaner
started things off, taking on the top Allegheny duo of Judy Spencer and Laura Lehrian in a competitive
first doubles match. The Oberlin squad went on to take the point, 8-6.
Second doubles put the combo of junior Whitney Reichheld and sophomore Jessica
Hauser on the court against the Allegheny tandem of Julie Balsiole and Jen Schuh. In another tough
match the Yeowomen pulled out the win, 8-5.
In third doubles senior Laura Koehn and first-year Kate Lurain teamed up to
down the Lady Gator pair of Stephanie Pera and Eillen Gallagher, 8-5.
After these challenging doubles matches, the Yeowomen breezed through many
of the singles contests.
In first singles, Amerikaner took the reigns at the top spot and defeated Spencer,
6-2, 0-6, 6-3. At second singles Hauser pulled out a tough victory over Lehrain, 7-5, 7-6(4).
Rechheild wrapped up third singles, 6-1, 6-2, while Koehn defeated Lady Gator
Schuh by a score of 6-0, 6-3. Fifth singles saw sophomore Melanie Merz walk away with another solid
victory, taking down Pera in straight sets, 6-1, 6-0, while first-year Lesly Farber won over Gallagher
at sixth singles, 6-3, 7-5.
With the NCAC tournament coming up, the Yeowomen will be looking to solidify
their status as a powerhouse in the conference. Saturdays win over Allegheny was just one
step in the process.
While the womens team won in a controlling manner, the mens match
was much more dramatic.
The 4-3 victory did not come easily, but with the win the team showed its ability
to come together and pull out tough matches.
The Allegheny match on Saturday was a good match for the team,
sophomore Brad White said. This match truly showcased how far this team has come from last
year when we lost to Allegheny 6-1.
The drama began with the doubles matches as the top duo of junior Marian Bocek
and sophomore Nick Ogren did not have enough for Alleghenys combo of Gabe Higgs-Horwell and
Chris Howell. They fell at first doubles, 8-1.
The Yeomen fought back at second doubles as sophomore Mark Knee and first-year
Jimmy Rosenheim defeated Seth Wilmore and Bryan Lyssy, 8-3. But the point was lost as White and
first-year David Cotter dropped a competitive match to Adrian Filip and Steve Lucas, 8-5.
We dropped the doubles point, White said. But everyone came
out strong in singles.
Junior Jamie Frankel was solid against top Gator Higgs-Horwell but in a difficult
match dropped the point 7-5, 6-7 (8), 6-3. In second singles, however, Bocek evened the score with
a 6-4, 6-2 win over Howell.
Marian played a great match destroying an opponent that beat him last
year, White said. I cannot say enough about how much Marian has improved and meant
to the team this year.
Ogren was also at the top of his game as he downed Wilmore, 6-2, 6-4 at third
singles, while Mark Knee had an impressive showing, winning over Filip, 6-7, 7-6, 6-3.
Mark played an outstanding match in a pressure situation, Ogren
said. His match essentially transformed into a battle of wills late into the third set, and
he toughed it out with some smart and gutsy play. Mark is the reason we won this match.
In another tough match, Rosenheim fell to Lyssy, 6-4, 6-2 at fifth singles
while Cotter pulled out a win over Jason Carlson, 6-3, 6-3.
For the Yeomen, the win over Allegheny meant a great deal.
It puts us at a record of 11-10 going into the conference tournament,
White said,This is the first time in many years that the team has gone into conferences above
The team will play Denison University in the first round of the playoffs.
If we are able to beat Denison then we will be competing for one of the
top four spots in the conference, White said. So far this season has been excellent,
we have played with a lot of heart and won a lot of close matches. The improvement from last year
If we beat Denison then the season will definitely be a success,
he added. Finishing in the top four in the conference has been our highest aim the last two