Women’s Tennis 1-2 at Midwest Regional
by Colin Smith

The Oberlin women’s tennis team encountered one of the few serious challenges it has seen this season as they went 1-2 at the Midwest Regional tournament in Madison, Wis. last Friday and Saturday.

The women earned their invitation to the tournament with their 3-1 showing at the Great Lakes Colleges Association tournament the week before, and entered the Midwest Regional with a 14-4 record. Meanwhile, the men’s team was blanked 7-0 by conference rival Wittenberg last Friday.

Twelve teams from seven states attended the Midwest Regional, which helps determine what teams will be selected for the NCAA tournament. Oberlin faced off against three teams, losing to Wisconsin Eau Claire, 8-1, and Wisconsin Whitewater, 5-4, on Friday, but rebounding on Saturday to defeat Carthage, 6-2.

Prior to Eau Claire’s 8-1 rout, the Yeowomen had not lost by a greater deficit than three, as the number one doubles team of junior Alaina Fotiu-Wojtowicz and first-year Ary Amerikaner provided Oberlin’s sole victory.

The two were victorious in all of their matches against Whitewater — Fotiu-Wojtowicz taking first singles, Amerikaner second singles, and the pair taking first doubles — but it wasn’t enough to prevent a tight loss.

The team was back to form against Carthage, winning all five singles matches (number three singles did not finish), while the second doubles team of junior Laura Koehn and first-year Jessica Hauser accounted for the sixth victory by winning 8-3.

Both the men and the women next play at Allegheny on Saturday. The men last played Thursday afternoon against Kenyon. The results were not available in time for publication.

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