After going 12-0 in singles play on Saturday, the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team again swept through all singles matches against outside competition on championship Sunday at the DePauw Invitational in Greencastle. The only Valpo singles losses came in matches that pitted two Valpo teammates against each other, while the team won two of its three doubles showdowns on the final day of the weekend.
How It Happened
- It was an all-Czerwonka final in the top singles flight as junior Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) topped her freshman sister Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) 7-5, 6-3.
- The No. 2 singles championship also saw a pair of Valpo teammates face off as freshman Amanda Taberna (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) knocked off sophomore Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) 6-4, 6-2.
- Freshman Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) also came away with a championship, downing Maja Kozerski of Bellaremine 6-2, 6-0 in the third singles final.
- Senior Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) made it a clean sweep in the top four singles draws, outdoing Addison Beck of Bellarmine 6-1, 6-0 in the final. Sysouvanh lost just two total games while sweeping all six singles sets she played in the tournament.
- Claire Czerwonka and Schoolcraft dropped a close No. 1 doubles final to a Bellarmine duo 8-7(2). Olivia Czerwonka and Taberna came away victorious in the No. 1 doubles third-place match. Claire has 30 career doubles wins, needing just two more to crack the Top 10 in program history and she’s just beginning her junior season.
- In the No. 2 doubles flight, Jhaveri and Sysouvanh notched their third straight win over the weekend and moved to 4-0 as a combo by capturing the title match.
Valpo’s next two events will take place in Chicago, starting with the Cougar Invitational hosted by Chicago State. The two-day tournament starts on Saturday, Sept. 14.