Czerwonka Sisters Extend Doubles Winning Streak
Saturday, April 10, 2021
Czerwonka Sisters Extend Doubles Winning Streak
Olivia Czerwonka won in both singles and doubles on Saturday.

Olivia and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) lengthened their doubles winning streak and the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team picked up a pair of singles triumphs, but visiting Missouri State prevailed 5-2 on Saturday at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. Freshman Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) and Olivia accounted for Valpo’s two singles successes.

How It Happened

  • The Czerwonka sisters dispatched Missouri State’s top doubles tandem of Claire Martin and Ellie Burger 6-2 to continue their stellar season. The doubles point hinged on the No. 3 match, where the Bears (8-9, 2-1) earned a narrow 7-5 victory.
  • Olivia rallied from a set down to top Burger at No. 2 singles. She did not drop a game in Set 3 to win the match 4-6, 6-4, 6-0.
  • McConnell’s victory came at No. 5 singles as she too displayed resilience after dropping the first set. She flipped the script on a Set-1 setback with a one-sided win in Set 2 before the third set went to a tiebreak and the rookie nailed down the match 4-6, 6-1, 7-6(1).
  • The No. 4 singles match was competitive as Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) was on the wrong end of a 6-4, 7-6(5) battle against Missouri State’s Taylor Shaw. The Bears also won in straight sets at No. 1, No. 3 and No. 6.

Inside the Match

  • The Czerwonka sisters have won nine consecutive doubles matches and own a glowing 11-5 record this season.
  • Olivia’s victory came over stiff competition as she bested Burger, who is a former MVC individual champion and a two-time member of the All-MVC team. The doubles win came against Burger and Martin, an all-senior combo. Martin was a member of the 2020 MVC Scholar-Athlete Team.
  • Claire picked up her 51st career doubles win, moving into a tie with Rachel Janssen (2003-2007) for third in the program record book.
  • Olivia boosted her team-high singles win total to nine and has 22 career singles wins as only a sophomore.
  • McConnell continued to shine at No. 5 singles, upping her record to 3-1 in four matches this spring.

Up Next 

Valpo (6-10, 1-2 MVC) will play two home matches next weekend to close out the regular season, starting on Saturday, April 17 at 3 p.m. vs. Illinois State.