Silva Wins in Singles, Doubles on First Day of Spring Season
Saturday, January 20, 2024
Silva Wins in Singles, Doubles on First Day of Spring Season
Moira Silva won in both singles and doubles on Saturday.

Valparaiso University tennis sophomore Moira Silva (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) highlighted the opening day of the spring season, winning her doubles and singles matches in a 6-1 defeat to defending Horizon League regular-season champion and preseason favorite Cleveland State at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. Silva combined with Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) for the doubles triumph.

How It Happened

  • Silva and Czerwonka prevailed in a tight match at the top doubles spot, beating the Cleveland State tandem of Sima Heren and Bethany Yauch 6-4.
  • The other two doubles matches both went the way of the Vikings, allowing the guests to inch out to a 1-0 lead in the match.
  • Silva downed Yauch in straight sets at No. 2 singles, winning 6-2, 6-2.
  • Two other Beacons started their matches on a high note by taking the first set. Czerwonka was a 6-3 winner in Set 1 before Oihane Vicario took the next two sets 7-5, 6-3 at No. 1 singles.
  • Also starting off on the right foot was Jolene Fernandes (Calgary, Alberta, Canada), who won the opening set but dropped a tightly-contested match 4-6, 7-5, 10-8 on a third-set tiebreak to Fillippa Frogner at No. 6. Elizabeth Sobieski (Muskego, Wis. / Muskego) took her second set to a tiebreak at No. 5, but fell 6-1, 7-6(5) to Ella Franz.

Inside the Matches

  • Silva improved to 9-3 in singles this season including a 4-0 mark in dual matches. She already owns 27 career singles wins and 25 career doubles wins as only a sophomore.
  • Czerwonka picked up her 70th career doubles win, moving to within two of tying and three of breaking her sister Claire’s program record.
  • Cleveland State was voted as the preseason favorite to win the Horizon League this season after going 15-8 overall and 5-1 in league play a year ago, earning the Horizon League regular-season title.
  • Silva’s win came over Yauch, an All-Horizon League Second Team performer last season. The Valpo doubles win came over a pair of all-league players from a year ago as Yauch’s double partner Heren earned All-Horizon League Second Team honors each of the last two seasons.

Up Next

The Beacons (3-1) will hit the road for the first time this spring as they visit SIUE on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m. in Edwardsville, Ill.