Olivia Czerwonka, Amanda Tabanera Earn Singles Wins on Friday
Friday, February 19, 2021
Olivia Czerwonka, Amanda Tabanera Earn Singles Wins on Friday
Olivia Czerwonka topped the former Horizon League Freshman of the Year at No. 2 doubles on Friday.

Sophomores Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) each earned straight-set wins in singles play, but the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team fell 5-2 to visiting Milwaukee on Friday evening at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. Olivia and her older sister Claire teamed up for a victory at No. 1 doubles.

How It Happened

  • The Czerwonka sisters battled their way to a 7-5 triumph over Milwaukee’s Greta Carbone and Iva Stejskalova at the top doubles spot, but the Panthers (4-1) took the point by winning the remaining doubles matches.
  • Olivia dropped just two games while cruising to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Mayya Perova at second singles.
  • Tabanera’s singles triumph also came in straight sets as she downed Nikki Milner 6-3, 6-3 at the No. 3 position.
  • Several of Valpo’s defeats were tightly-contested, including the lone three-set match of the night at No. 5, where Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) fell despite winning the middle set 6-2. In addition, Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) forced a tiebreak in a close opening set, but eventually dropped her No. 4 singles match in straight sets, 7-6(4), 6-2.

Inside the Match

  • Olivia and Claire picked up their second doubles victory of the year and fifth overall as a duo. The younger Czerwonka garnered her 15th career doubles win, while her older sister recorded her 42nd. Claire snapped a tie with Paige Heuer (2013-2017) to move into sole possession of eighth in the program record book for career doubles wins. She needs four more to join a tie for sixth.
  • Olivia’s singles win was her second of the year, while Tabanera also earned victory number two during her 2021 campaign.
  • Olivia boasts 15 career singles wins, 13 of which came during her freshman season. Tabanera is up to 18 career singles wins after notching a team-high 16 a year ago.
  • Olivia’s win came over an accomplished opponent, as Perova was the 2018-19 Horizon League Freshman of the Year and a member of the all-Horizon League squad as a rookie.

Up Next 

Valpo (1-4) will continue a busy home weekend by hosting DePaul on Saturday at 3 p.m. before rounding out the weekend with a home match against Bowling Green on Sunday at 2 p.m. The Blue Demons (2-1), who haven’t played since Feb. 4 at Notre Dame, own victories over a pair of Missouri Valley Conference teams, Illinois State and Bradley. The Falcons (1-1) play at Xavier on Saturday before making their way to Valpo for Sunday’s match, the first meeting between the two teams since 2012.