Tennis Stays in Win Column by Topping PNW
Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Tennis Stays in Win Column by Topping PNW
Freshman Elizabeth Sobieski won in singles and doubles on Wednesday.

The Valparaiso University tennis team made it back-to-back victories on Wednesday afternoon by dispatching Purdue Northwest 6-1 in Park Forest, Ill. The Beacons swept the doubles matches and prevailed on five of the six singles courts.

How It Happened

  • The match got off to a winning start when Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) didn’t drop a game en route to a 6-0 win at No. 1 doubles.
  • Valpo clinched the doubles point when Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) finalized a 6-1 victory at No. 3.
  • Just for good measure, Valpo finished out a 6-4 win by Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) and Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) at No. 2 to make it a perfect doubles showing.
  • All of Valpo’s singles victories came in straight sets. The first player off the court was Silva, who earned a 6-1, 6-3 success at No. 2. Not far behind was Tabanera as she prevailed 6-2, 6-1 at No. 4.
  • The match-clinching victory came at No. 1 singles, when Czerwonka polished off a 6-3, 6-3 win.
  • The bottom of the lineup had strong showings as well, with Sobieski orchestrating a 6-0, 6-4 win at No. 6 and Bertino coming up with a 6-4, 6-3 triumph at No. 5.
  • Valpo’s only blemish of the day came at No. 3 singles, where Jhaveri was forced to retire due to an injury.

Inside the Match

  • Czerwonka earned her 56th career singles win and improved to 10-2 this year including 6-0 in dual matches. She is just one singles win away from moving into a tie for fifth with her sister Claire in the program record book.
  • Czerwonka’s singles win came over Sienna Lopez, who was a First Team All-Conference performer in the GLIAC last season. Silva defeated Oona Kintscher, who is coming off an Honorable Mention All-GLIAC nod a year ago.
  • Silva upped her team-leading win total to 12 against just two losses.
  • Czerwonka upped her career doubles win total to 54, moving into a tie with Whitney Chada (2003-2007) for third in program history.
  • Bertino snagged her 30th collegiate singles win, while Tabanera is up to 43 career singles wins, two away from the program’s all-time top 10. Tabanera is also up to 36 career doubles wins, five away from the program’s top 10.  

Up Next

The Beacons (5-1) will be off from match competition until Saturday, Feb. 11 when they head to DeKalb, Ill. for a 6 p.m. match against Northern Illinois.