Olivia Czerwonka to Play for Conference Titles in Singles, Doubles
Saturday, October 9, 2021
Olivia Czerwonka to Play for Conference Titles in Singles, Doubles
Olivia Czerwonka will play for conference crowns in singles and doubles on Sunday.

Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) will have an opportunity to garner a pair of conference crowns on Sunday.

The Valpo junior punched her ticket to the championship match in Flight 2 Singles at the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships on Saturday. In addition, Olivia teamed up with her sister Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) to advance to the Flight 1 Doubles championship match thanks to Saturday’s semifinal win at the Valpo Tennis Complex.

How It Happened

  • Olivia rallied from a set down to beat Stony Brook’s Loreta Rubio in a three-set thriller in Saturday’s Flight 2 Singles semifinal round. After dropping the opening set 4-6, Olivia dominated Set 2 6-1 before the third and final set went to a tiebreak at 6-6. Olivia rattled off all seven points in the tiebreak to move on to Sunday’s title match, where she will face Illinois State’s Alexandra Abyasova.
  • The Czerwonka sisters were victorious in Flight 1 Doubles for the second straight day, this time beating Bradley’s Maletin/Hailey 8-4. The Beacon duo will face off with Illinois State’s Zlatanovic/Potsi in Sunday’s championship match.
  • Junior Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) obtained her second victory of the weekend to secure fifth place in Flight 3 singles. She set the tone with a 6-0 whitewash in the first set of the fifth-place match against Sandra Lukacova of Missouri State before securing the sweep by prevailing 6-4 in Set 2.
  • Tabanera teamed with Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) for an 8-4 victory over UNI’s Carr/Brkic in the consolation draw of Flight 2 Doubles on Saturday. The Valpo tandem will play Lukavoca/Houston of Missouri State for fifth place on Sunday.
  • Several Valpo players will compete in third-place matches on Sunday after falling in the semifinal round of their respective flights on Saturday – Schoolcraft in Flight 6, Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) in Flight 5 and Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) in Flight 4.

Inside the Matches

  • A day after shattering the program record for career doubles wins, Claire upped her career mark to 57.
  • The Czerwonka sisters collected their fifth win as a doubles tandem this season. Olivia lifted her career doubles win total to 30.
  • The Czerwonka sisters’ victory came over a Bradley pair that featured Sandra Maletin – a 2019 All-MVC performer at No. 1 doubles, nine-time MVC weekly award winner and three-time MVC All-Select Team honoree.
  • Olivia’s singles win came over Loreta Rubio, who won a singles flight championship in the 2019 MVC Individual Championships.
  • Olivia improved her season singles record to 9-2 while boosting her career singles win total to 33.
  • Tabanera’s win was the 26th of her collegiate career and her sixth this season.
  • Tabanera and Schoolcraft grabbed their fourth win as a doubles tandem this fall.

Up Next 

The three-day event will conclude on Championship Sunday with play scheduled to get underway at 9 a.m. at the Valpo Tennis Complex.