Tennis Closes Out Nonconference Portion of Season in Victorious Fashion
Saturday, March 16, 2024
Tennis Closes Out Nonconference Portion of Season in Victorious Fashion
Lillian Kelly picked up a match-clinching win in her dual match singles debut on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University tennis team closed out the nonconference portion of the season in victorious fashion, using four singles victories to edge Omaha 4-3 on Saturday afternoon at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. The Beacons closed a successful nonconference slate with a 9-6 record as Missouri Valley Conference play cranks up next week.

How It Happened

  • The No. 2 tandem in the Valpo doubles lineup of Sydney Stone (Brisbane, Australia / Tyler JC) and Jolene Fernandes (Calgary, Alberta, Canada) defeated Omaha’s Keegan VanPelt and Summer Shannon 6-3. Valpo dropped No. 3 dubs, and the No. 1 Omaha team edged out a 7-5 win at the top spot to give the guests an early 1-0 lead in the match.  
  • The most one-sided singles match was at No. 4, where Fernandes cruised to a 6-1, 6-2 victory over VanPelt, dropping only three games along the way.
  • After prevailing on a tiebreak in the opening set, Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) ran off six straight games in Set 2 at No. 2 Singles, winning the match 7-6(2), 6-0 over Paula Arcarons.
  • The Beacons boosted the match lead to 3-1 when Stone polished off a 6-3, 6-4 win over Colby Kelley at No. 5.
  • The No. 3 singles match went the way of the Mavericks to make it 3-2, but Lillian Kelly (Fullerton, Calif. / Fullerton Union) stepped up at No. 6 singles to rally from a set down and win 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 over Lillian Tiemeyer. In the process, she not only won the battle of the Lillians, but also clinched the match for her team.
  • The No. 1 singles match was a thriller, but Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) was edged out by Zoe Adkins in a three-setter that went the distance, 2-6, 6-2, 7-6(4).

Inside the Match

  • Czerwonka boosted her singles win total to 20 this season and 83 in her collegiate career. She advanced into a tie for fourth in single-season program history with her 20th victory, joining Kate Evangelist’s 2004-2005 campaign.
  • Czerwonka, the program recordholder for career singles wins, moved into sole possession of fourth in school history (men’s and women’s), surpassing Dave Bacalla (2013-2017).
  • Fernandes (15) and Stone (12) both boosted their season win totals in singles play, while Kelly stepped up in her dual match debut, coming up with a big victory as she was inserted into the singles lineup for the first time this season.
  • This was Valpo’s seventh match decided by the slimmest of margins at 4-3 this season. Valpo is – fittingly enough – 4-3 in those matches.
  • Valpo is already only two wins away from tying the program’s highest win total since 2007.

Up Next

The Beacons (9-6) will host Drake on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. to begin conference play.