The sister doubles duo of Olivia and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) received recognition from the Missouri Valley Conference this week as they were named the league’s Doubles Team of the Week.
Olivia and Claire swept their No. 1 doubles matches at the USTA National Tennis Center in Orlando. They blanked Hampton's pair 6-0 on Wednesday as Valpo achieved the rare feat of sweeping the two doubles matches that were played without dropping a single game. That performance set the tone for the team's eventual 6-1 victory over Hampton despite having to forfeit at No. 6 singles and No. 3 doubles due to an injured player. The Czerwonka sisters returned to the court later that day to battle their way to a 7-5 triumph over Grand Valley State.
Claire, a junior, ranks ninth in the Valpo record book for career doubles wins with 39. Olivia, a freshman, is off to a good start to her career in the doubles department with a team-high 13 victories.
This marks Valpo’s second MVC honor this season and first Doubles Team of the Week award after freshman Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) was tabbed the Singles Player of the Week on Feb. 18. Claire previously won two MVC Singles Player of the Week awards and two Doubles Team of the Week honors during her freshman season, while this marks Olivia’s first MVC accolade.
Having already equaled the program’s highest win total since the 2006-2007 season, head coach Bob Modesto’s team will return to action on Friday, March 27 at Northern Illinois in a match that is slated to begin at 7 p.m. in DeKalb. The precedes the Missouri Valley Conference opener on Saturday, April 4 at Illinois State.