The Valparaiso University tennis team continued to have a flair for the dramatic, playing its sixth match in the last seven that was decided by the slimmest of margins at 4-3 on Saturday. Visiting Northern Illinois edged its way to the victory at The Courts of Northwest Indiana despite the Beacons capturing three singles wins and one doubles victory.
With the weight of the team result resting on her shoulders and the eyes of every person inside The Courts of Northwest Indiana tennis bubble resting on her racket, Valparaiso University tennis sophomore Sydney Stone (Brisbane, Australia / Tyler JC) was unflappable and unfazed. She displayed the poise needed to pull out one of the most dramatic matches in recent memory, lifting the Beacons to a memorable 4-3 victory over Eastern Michigan on Sunday.
Valparaiso University tennis senior Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) now sits atop the program record book in both singles and doubles play as she became the program’s all-time doubles wins leader with her victory alongside Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) at No. 1 in Saturday’s home match against Butler. The Bulldogs edged the Beacons 4-3 at The Courts of Northwest Indiana.
The Valparaiso University tennis team captured its third straight win, defeating Purdue Northwest 6-1 on Saturday afternoon at The Court of Northwest Indiana. By virtue of her win at No. 1 doubles, Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) tied the program record for career doubles victories.
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team continued its trend of down-to-the-wire matches on Wednesday, competing in its third straight contest decided by a 4-3 score. For the second straight outing, the Beacons were on the right end of a battle dictated by the slimmest of margins, as the squad bounced back from dropping the doubles point to beat host Chicago State on Wednesday afternoon in Homewood, Ill.
Valparaiso University tennis sophomore Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) was recognized by the Missouri Valley Conference for already the second time this season on Wednesday, this time earning the league’s Singles Player of the Week award.
The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team returned to the win column on Sunday, closing out a weekend of home tennis at The Courts of Northwest Indiana by defeating visiting St. Thomas 4-3. The Beacons dominated the top two doubles matches to set the tone, then split six singles showdowns to come away victorious.
Valparaiso University tennis senior Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) defeated her singles opponent in straight sets while Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) and Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) both battled their way to three-set triumphs, but visiting Bellarmine edged the Beacons 4-3 on Friday at The Courts of Northwest Indiana in a tightly-contested match.
Valparaiso University tennis sophomore Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) continued her strong start to the spring season by securing a straight-set success story in Saturday’s road match at SIUE in Edwardsville, Ill. The host Cougars prevailed 4-1 in a match that utilized a clinch/clinch format.