The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team’s progress from a year ago was on display throughout the fall season, and this weekend’s Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championship in Normal, Ill. provided the perfect culmination to the fall campaign. A strong showing concluded with Valpo’s No. 2 doubles team picking up a win in the fifth-place match on Monday, the event’s final day.
It’s a weekend where “firsts” are prevalent for the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team. The first-year members of the Missouri Valley Conference are competing in their first-ever conference individual championship and it’s a first-year player – freshman Jelena Vujanic – who has shined the brightest.
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team started the first Missouri Valley Conference Championships of the season on Saturday, beginning the MVC Individual Championships in Normal, Ill. Jelena Vujanic highlighted the day for the Crusaders, picking up a singles victory.
A trio of Valparaiso University women’s tennis players rebounded after dropping Set 1 on Saturday at Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts in Chicago, coming away with victories in their respective singles matches. Freshman Claire Czerwonka, junior Meg Modesto and sophomore Jordan Kopfer all captured dramatic triumphs to pave the way for a successful day. Czerwonka was named the individual singles champion of the event.
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team returned to action on Friday, participating in the first day of the two-day UIC Invitational held the Flames Outdoor Tennis Courts in Chicago, Ill. The highlight of the day for Valpo was the performance of freshman Claire Czerwonka, who picked up a victory at No. 1 singles against UIC.
After opening the fall season by cruising to a home win over Grace on Thursday afternoon, the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team turned in another quality performance at this weekend’s DePauw Invitational in Greencastle, Ind. The Crusaders enjoyed a successful Saturday that saw five individuals and two doubles teams qualify for Sunday’s finals.
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team ushered in a new season in style on Thursday, downing Grace College 6-1 at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Crusaders (1-0) looked crisp on a pleasant fall afternoon with a slew of players debuting at new positions in the lineup. A pair of freshmen found success in their first collegiate matches, highlighting an all-around strong showing by the team.
Continuing the #ValpoInTheValley series, which will take a look at each of the Missouri Valley Conference’s 17 sports, are women’s tennis and women’s swimming. Learn about the landscape of The Valley in the pair of sports and hear from swimming head coach Howard Hunte as he talks about what his program is looking forward to entering the first season of MVC competition and who will lead the way for the Crusaders in 2017-18.