Claire Czerwonka Posts 50th Career Doubles Win
Saturday, April 3, 2021
Claire Czerwonka Posts 50th Career Doubles Win
Claire Czerwonka moved into a tie for fourth in program history in career doubles wins on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team took the doubles point on Saturday, but host Drake won on all six singles courts for a 6-1 triumph at Roger Knapp Tennis Center in Des Moines, Iowa. Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) reached a significant milestone, becoming the fifth player in program history with 50 career doubles victories.  

How It Happened

  • Valpo got off to a strong start by securing the doubles point. Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) topped Kelsey Neville and Daria Walczak 6-1 at No. 2 doubles in the first match to finish.
  • The No. 1 duo of Claire and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) polished off the doubles point with their 6-4 victory over Drake’s top tandem of Liza Petushkova and Maria Tatarnikova. Valpo fell 6-4 at No. 3 doubles.
  • The tightest singles matches occurred at the top of the lineup. Claire collected a one-sided 6-1 win in the opening set at No. 1, but Petushkova bounced back to win the remaining sets 7-5, 6-2.
  • Olivia’s set victory also came in lopsided fashion, as she won Set 2 6-0 over Walczak at second singles. However, Walczak took the opening set 6-3 and the decisive third set 6-4.

Inside the Match

  • The Czerwonka sisters have won eight consecutive doubles matches.
  • The victory at No. 1 doubles came over quality competition. Petushkova is a two-time member of the All-MVC Select Team (2017-18, 2018-19) and was part of the doubles tandem that was ranked No. 71 nationally in the ITA Doubles Rankings last March. She was also the 2017-18 MVC Freshman of the Year.
  • Claire hit a milestone with the doubles victory, becoming just the fifth player in program history and first since 2007 to reach 50 career doubles triumphs. She also climbed into a tie for fourth in the program record book, drawing even with Monika Danko (2001-2005). Claire is just five doubles wins away from tying the program record.

Up Next 

Valpo (6-9, 1-1 MVC) will host Missouri State on Saturday, April 10 at 3 p.m., the first of three home Missouri Valley Conference matches that mark the final three matches of the regular season.