The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team swept all six singles courts in straight sets and prevailed in all three doubles matches on Saturday, dispatching visiting Marian 7-0 at The Courts of Northwest Indiana.
How It Happened
- Sisters Claire and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) did not drop a game in a 6-0 whitewash of Kuebler/Dusele at No. 1 doubles. The No. 2 doubles team of Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) also cruised to a one-sided victory, downing Savarino/Wittenbaum 6-1.
- The tightest doubles match came at No. 3, where Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) and Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) defeated Simon/Haygood 6-4 to solidify a doubles sweep for the hosts.
- Claire was the first singles player off the court, notching a “double bagel” against Laura Kubler at No. 2 singles by not dropping a game in either set.
- Tabanera was not far behind, as she lost just one game in the opening set before rapping off six straight games in Set 2 to take the match 6-1, 6-0 over Teodora Simon at No. 3.
- Olivia picked up the win that finalized the team victory for the Beacons when she polished off a 6-1, 6-2 No. 1 singles triumph over Batja Dusele.
- The No. 6 singles match was also a lopsided affair, with Schoolcraft besting Joelle Leibacher 6-2, 6-0. At No. 5 singles, Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) rolled to a 6-0, 6-3 victory, while Jhaveri picked up a 6-4, 7-5 win at No. 4.
Inside the Match
- Combined between singles and doubles, Claire won all 18 games she played on Saturday.
- Olivia upped her career doubles win total to 38, a mark that ranks 10th in program history. She is three wins away from moving into a tie for ninth with Paige Heuer (2013-2017, 41).
- The winning streak continued for the Czerwonka sisters, who have now won 10 straight doubles matches and are 8-0 in dual matches this season.
- Tabanera garnered her 12th singles win of the season and her 32nd collegiate victory. She owns a four-match singles winning streak and is 8-1 in her last nine.
- Claire garnered her 51st career singles win, which ranks sixth in program history. She is one away from moving into a tie for fifth with Kate Kollarova (2000-2002) and Whitney Chada (2003-2007).
- Olivia picked up her 40th career singles win, 10th in program history and four away from ninth.
- Schoolcraft bolstered her career singles win total to 24. Jhaveri moved her season victory total to 10 and her career mark to 26. Bertino grabbed her 14th career singles win.
- Claire’s “double bagel” was her second of the season as she is the only Beacon to accomplish that feat this year. Her previous 6-0, 6-0 whitewash came in her first match of the fall season on Sept. 11 vs. Holy Cross.
- This marked the third time this season Valpo has enjoyed a 7-0 triumph.
Valpo (6-2) will face a challenging match as it attempts to extend its successful start to the season on Friday, Feb. 25 at Western Michigan. The match, which was rescheduled from earlier in the season, will begin at noon in Kalamazoo with a link to live stats available on ValpoAthletics.com.