Women’s Tennis Season Commences in Winning Fashion
Friday, August 30, 2019
Women’s Tennis Season Commences in Winning Fashion
Bob Modesto made his college coaching debut on Thursday.

The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team began the season on a high note at the Valpo Tennis Complex on Thursday afternoon, cruising to a 7-0 victory over Grace College. Valpo started strong with all three doubles teams winning convincingly, setting the tone for a positive beginning to first-year head coach Bob Modesto’s tenure. 

How It Happened

  • The freshman duo of Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) kicked off their Valpo debut with their first doubles victory, beating Carrie Copeland and Jayna Armstrong 6-0 at No. 2 doubles. Valpo dominance in doubles continued with the No. 3 doubles pair of Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) and Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) winning 6-1. The No. 1 tandem of Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) also prevailed 6-2.
  • Jhaveri was the first singles match to finish as she recorded a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Morgan West at No. 5.
  • The next Valpo player to complete her match was Schoolcraft, who picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory over Jayna Armstrong at No. 4 singles. 
  • Tabanera rolled past Copeland 6-0, 6-1 at No. 3 to open up a 4-0 team lead over the Lancers (1-1) and secure the match victory.
  • Oliva Czerwonka picked up a singles victory 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 in her collegiate debut.
  • Claire Czerwonka and Sysouvanh also earned wins as Valpo swept all singles and doubles courts.

Inside the Match

  • Freshmen Olivia Czerwonka, Jhaveri and Tabanera all picked up their first career doubles and singles victories.
  • Head coach Bob Modesto notched his first victory as a collegiate tennis coach.
  • Freshmen Olivia Czerwonka and Tabanera had the most impressive doubles victory as they swept their opponent 6-0. 
  • Schoolcraft and Claire Czerwonka reunited at No. 1 doubles, where they went 3-3 as a tandem last season.
  • This is the second straight year Valpo won 7-0 over Grace to open the fall season.

Up Next

Valpo (1-0) will look to continue its hot start when the team travels to Greencastle, Ind. on Sept. 7-8 to compete in the DePauw Tournament.