Singles Wins for Stone, Fernandes Among Highlights on Day 1 of MVC Championships
Friday, October 6, 2023
Singles Wins for Stone, Fernandes Among Highlights on Day 1 of MVC Championships
Jolene Fernandes has reached the semifinal round in both singles and doubles.

The Valparaiso University tennis team began the Missouri Valley Conference Individual Championships on Friday with the event being hosted by Missouri State in Springfield, Mo. this weekend. The Beacons received a pair of singles wins on Day 1, plus the Flight 3 Doubles team advanced to Saturday’s semifinal round.

How It Happened

  • In Flight 3 Doubles, Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Jolene Fernandes (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) battled to a close victory over the UIC combo of Brion/Ryan, prevailing 8-5 to move on to the semifinals. Bertino/Fernandes will match up with Drake’s Klavinska/Lee on Saturday.
  • In Flight 4 Singles, Sydney Stone (Brisbane, Australia / Tyler JC) had little trouble advancing to the semifinal round, prevailing in straight sets while dropping just two games in her opening-round match. She beat Tuana Gunal of Missouri State 6-1, 6-1. She will clash with Murray State’s Emma Honore on Saturday.
  • In Flight 6 Singles, Fernandes punched her ticket to the semifinal round by edging Illinois State’s Sofia Rodrigo 7-6(6) on a tiebreak in the first set before prevailing 6-3 in the second. She will face off with Murray State’s Natalie Slezokova for a spot in the finals.
  • The Flight 2 Doubles team of Stone and Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) earned an 8-3 win over Bradley’s Bezmenova/Pukhina earlier in the day before incurring an 8-5 setback in the quarterfinal round to Drake’s Haagensen/Stepan.
  • In Flight 1 Singles, Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) fell 7-5, 6-1 to Cristina Flaquer Fueste of Missouri State. In Flight 2, Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) retired due to injury during her match against Belmont’s Vesa Gijnaj. In Flight 1 Doubles, the Czerwonka/Silva tandem dropped an 8-6 showdown to Belmont’s Hlahola/Zholdokova.
  • Bertino incurred a 7-5, 6-0 setback to Murray State’s Sarah Bureau in Flight 3 Singles, while Sobieski dropped a three-set thriller to Darinka Stepan of Drake in Flight 5.  

Up Next

The MVC Individual Championships will continue on Saturday in Springfield.