Bertino, Doubles Tandems Earn Wins Over UIC
Sunday, March 26, 2023
Bertino, Doubles Tandems Earn Wins Over UIC
Mia Bertino picked up her 15th singles win of the season on Sunday.

The Valparaiso University tennis team dropped Sunday’s match 5-2 to UIC at The Courts of Northwest Indiana, but the match came down to the wire and was closer than the 5-2 final would indicate. The Flames won on five of the six singles courts, but three of those UIC victories and four singles matches in total required a third set.

How It Happened

  • Valpo started the match in style by taking the doubles point as Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) teamed up for a 6-3 win over Agnes Gustafsson and Ana Jover to clinch the point. That came after Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) had achieved their goal at No. 2, besting the UIC tandem 6-2.
  • UIC won in straight sets at No. 2 and No. 3, but the four remaining singles matches went the distance and Valpo needed to win three of the four to take the match.
  • In all four of the matches that went three sets, the Beacons won the opening set and the Flames came back to take Set 2. Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) defeated Paula Rodriguez in her third set at No. 6 singles, capturing the match 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.
  • The other three matches all went the UIC way, with the Flames taking three-set wins at No. 1, No. 4 and No. 5.

Inside the Match

  • Bertino upped her season singles win total to 15 and her career mark to 36.
  • Czerwonka and Silva picked up their 15th doubles win of the year, one away from climbing into the top 10 on the program’s single-season doubles wins list.
  • The doubles win for Czerwonka was the 60th of her career. That ranks second in program history behind only her sister Claire (72).
  • UIC was picked third of nine in the MVC preseason poll and hauled in three of the nine first-place votes.
  • Czerwonka and Silva beat a pair that featured Gustafsson, the Horizon League Player of the Year last season.

Up Next

The Beacons (10-5, 0-3) will hit the road for its Iowa swing this coming weekend. The Beacons will visit UNI on Saturday at 1 p.m. in Cedar Falls, Iowa.