Valpo Tennis Starts Season on Winning Note
Saturday, September 3, 2022
Valpo Tennis Starts Season on Winning Note

The Valparaiso University tennis team picked up right where it left off after a successful 2021-2022 season by beginning the 2022-2023 campaign with a pair of victories on Saturday at the Valpo Tennis Complex. The Beacons started the day with a 7-0 victory over Holy Cross during the morning match before dispatching Olivet Nazarene 6-0 in the afternoon.

 How It Happened -Holy Cross (Ind.)

  • Valpo jumped out to an early lead by capturing wins on all three doubles courts. In their first match as a No. 1 doubles tandem, Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and freshman Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) did not drop a game in a 6-0 victory. Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) dropped just one game in their triumph at No. 2, while Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) and Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) were on the right side of a 6-2 score at No. 3.
  • Czerwonka was the first player off the court when singles got underway, as she succumbed just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 victory at the top spot. Silva also made quick work of her opponent in her collegiate singles debut, earning a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 2.
  • Tabanera earned the victory that cemented the team win when she capped off a 6-1, 6-2 triumph at No. 3.
  • At the No. 6 singles spot, Sobieski completed a successful collegiate debut by prevailing 6-0, 6-3. Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) notched a “double bagel” at No. 5 with a 6-0, 6-0 win, while Jhaveri battled to a 7-6(3) triumph in the first set before pulling away for a 6-2 win in Set 2 to close out the match.

How It Happened – Olivet Nazarene

  • Czerwonka and Silva did not drop a game in either match on Saturday. They prevailed 6-0 over ONU before Sobieski and McConnell made it a clean sweep of doubles with a 6-1 win at No. 2.
  • All four singles matches that were played to their completion were dominated by Valpo, with the Beacons taking all eight sets and dropping just two total games. Czerwonka (No. 1 singles) and Bertino (No. 5) picked up “double bagel” victories, while Silva won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 and Jhaveri came out on top 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4.

Inside the Matches

  • Czerwonka’s singles win in the first match of the day was the 47th of her collegiate career, a mark that ranks ninth in program history. She reached 48 by winning the afternoon match. She is narrowly behind Jill Dierberg (2002-2006, 49) for eighth on the program’s all-time list.
  • On the doubles side, Czerwonka moved into a tie for seventh with her 46th career victory in the morning match. She later passed Christina Scala (2001-2005) and Dierberg (2002-2006) by winning in the afternoon, moving into a tie with Kate Evangelist (2003-2007) for sixth with 47 career doubles wins.
  • Czerwonka is approaching the 100-win threshold, combined between doubles and singles, for her collegiate career. She is currently at 94 total wins.
  • Jhaveri boosted her win total to 32, while Bertino hauled in her 22nd and 23rd singles wins.
  • During the morning session, Tabanera moved her career singles win total to 39. The standard to crack the top-10 in program history is 45.

Up Next

The Beacons will return to competition on Saturday, Sept. 10 against Grinnell College, closing out a string of three straight home matches to open the fall with a 3 p.m. first serve at the Valpo Tennis Complex.