The Valparaiso University tennis team finished out a stretch of three straight home dual matches to crank up the fall season in unblemished fashion, downing Grinnell 7-0 at the Valpo Tennis Complex on Saturday for the team’s third consecutive triumph without succumbing a match in singles or doubles.
How It Happened
- Valpo’s No. 3 doubles tandem of Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) and Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) earned a 6-1 win in the first match to finish before the Beacons nailed down the doubles point when Allison McConnell (Westland, Mich. / Churchill) and Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) topped their opponents 6-1.
- The closest doubles match came at No. 1, where Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) finished off a doubles sweep with a 6-3 victory.
- Czerwonka made quick work of her No. 1 singles opponent, dropping just one game in a 6-0, 6-1 victory as the first singles player to finish.
- The other side of the lineup also featured a lopsided win, as Sobieski cruised to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6.
- The team’s victory went final when Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) polished off a 6-1, 6-0 win at No. 5.
- Valpo tacked on straight-set wins at No. 3 and No. 4, with Tabanera taking her match 6-2, 6-3 and Jhaveri prevailing 6-2, 6-3.
- The closest singles match of the day came at No. 2, where Silva rallied after dropping the opening set to win the match on a third-set tiebreak 3-6, 6-0, 10-7.
Inside the Match
- Czerwonka increased her career singles win total to 49, climbing into a tie with Jill Dierberg (2002-2006) for eighth on the program’s all-time list.
- The doubles victory was Czerwonka’s 48th, helping her assume sole possession of sixth in the career program record book, breaking a tie with Kate Evangelist (2003-2007).
- Czerwonka is now at 96 career wins combined between singles and doubles.
- Jhaveri’s singles win total is up to 33, while Bertino advanced her mark to 24.
- Tabanera is second only to Czerwonka among active Valpo players as she’s up to 40 career victories, needing five more to crack the program’s all-time top 10.
Valpo (3-0) will return to the courts next weekend to compete in the DePauw Invite in Greencastle, Ind. beginning on Saturday, Sept. 17.