Czerwonka Sisters Win in Singles, Doubles vs. SIUE
Saturday, January 22, 2022
Czerwonka Sisters Win in Singles, Doubles vs. SIUE
Claire Czerwonka won in both singles and doubles on Saturday.

Olivia and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) teamed up for a doubles victory and both prevailed in singles competition, but the Valparaiso University tennis team was edged 5-2 by visiting SIUE in an extremely tightly-played match on Saturday afternoon at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. The majority of the matches came down to the wire and featured closely-contested sets.

How It Happened

  • The Czerwonka sisters did not drop a single game in their No. 1 doubles match against Thibault-Lambrechts, cruising to a 6-0 victory.
  • The other two doubles matches were both cliffhangers that saw SIUE squeak out 6-4 wins to take the doubles point.
  • The top two singles matches were the first to finish as Claire dispatched Lambrechts 6-4, 6-0 at No. 2 before Olivia put the finishing touches on a 6-1, 7-5 win at No. 1.
  • Junior Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) may have dropped her No. 4 match, but she did so in a pair of extraordinarily close sets. Jhaveri lost Set 1 on a marathon tiebreak 7-6 (15-13) and Set 2 by a 6-4 count.
  • In their No. 5 and No. 6 singles matches, Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) both got out to early leads after capturing 6-1 wins in Set 1. However, both players lost tightly-contested second sets and eventually dropped their matches in three.
  • The final match in action was at No. 3, where Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) also grabbed the opening set before incurring a tightly-played 3-6, 7-5, 6-4 setback.
  • Five of the six Valpo singles players won their opening set, and the only Set 1 loss was on a 15-13 tiebreak as the Beacons got off to a solid start to singles play. However, the Cougars rallied to nip the hosts and hand them their first setback of the season.

Inside the Match

  • Claire picked up her 61st career doubles win, while Olivia achieved her 34th. Olivia is two away from cracking the program’s all-time top 10, while Claire already owns the program record.
  • Olivia earned her 38th career singles win, moving into the program’s all-time top 10. She is now part of a three-way tie for 10th in program history in career singles victories, joining Charmaine Stanislaw (2002-2006) and Kim Sajevic (2005-2009).
  • Claire also advanced on Valpo’s all-time singles wins list, as the victory was her 49th. She is now tied with Jill Dierberg (2002-2006) for seventh in program history and needs just one more to reach the 50-win threshold.
  • Olivia’s singles victory came over Jordan Schifano, a member of the All-Ohio Valley Conference second team last season.

Up Next

Valpo (3-1) will close out a stretch of three straight home dates to begin the spring season on Saturday, Jan. 29 vs. Saint Louis at 3 p.m. at The Courts of NWI.