Czerwonka, Kelly Close Out Winning Weekends on Saturday
Saturday, March 30, 2024
Czerwonka, Kelly Close Out Winning Weekends on Saturday
Moira Silva and Olivia Czerwonka won at No. 1 doubles on Saturday.

The Valparaiso University tennis team received singles wins from Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Lillian Kelly (Fullerton, Calif. / Fullerton Union) for the second consecutive day, but host Bradley prevailed 5-2 on Saturday morning at Markin Tennis Courts in Peoria, Ill.

How It Happened

  • Valpo came away victorious at the top doubles spot as Czerwonka teamed up with Moira Silva (Houston, Texas / Houston Tennis Academy) to eke out a 7-5 victory over Kirstin Hailey and Andra Sirbu.
  • The Braves took the doubles point by virtue of wins at No. 2 and No. 3.
  • The first singles player to finish was Kelly, who dropped just a single game in each set on her way to beating Alexandra Hildreth 6-1, 6-1 at No. 6 Singles.
  • Valpo also earned a singles sweep at No. 2, where Czerwonka outdid Anna Belogliadova 6-4, 6-3.
  • The remaining four singles matches went the way of the Braves.

Inside the Match

  • Czerwonka’s singles win was her 22nd of the season, matching her previous career best from the 2021-22 campaign and moving into a tie with herself for third in single-season program history.
  • That marked Czerwonka’s 85th career singles win, a program record. She is one win away from moving into a tie for third in school history (men’s and women’s) in career singles wins as Charlie Emhardt (2013-2017) had 86.
  • Czerwonka and Silva picked up their 14th doubles victory of the season and improved to 10-6 in dual matches at the No. 1 spot. Czerwonka now owns 76 career doubles wins, surpassing Dave Bacalla (75, 2013-2017) and moving into sole possession of third in school history (men’s and women’s), behind only Charlie Emhardt and Jeffrey Schorsch.
  • Kelly continued her strong play since joining the singles lineup, improving to 3-0 in dual matches at the No. 6 position. She is now 6-4 overall on the season.

Up Next

The Beacons (9-9, 0-3 MVC) will be back home to host Belmont on Friday, April 6 at 2 p.m.