A day filled with close matches was highlighted by the one that wasn’t for the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team on Saturday. Sisters Claire and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) captured a one-sided win at the top doubles spot in Valpo’s 7-0 setback to Toledo at The Courts of Northwest Indiana.
How It Happened
- Claire and Olivia did not drop a game in their top singles win over Sloane Teske and Eileen Carney.
- The Rockets (3-2) edged their way to the doubles point by winning 7-6(9) on a tight tiebreak at No. 2 while garnering a close 6-4 victory at third doubles.
- The match was much closer than the final score would indicate, as all six singles matches were tightly contested and four of them went the distance. Olivia, Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia), Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) all took a set in their singles matches. Traditional third sets were played in all four instances, with the closest coming at No. 2 singles, where Olivia lost on a tiebreak.
- Claire and Olivia picked up their third doubles victory of the year and sixth overall as a collegiate pair. Claire is now up to 43 career doubles wins, eighth in program history and three away from a tie for sixth. Olivia already has 16 career doubles wins as only a sophomore.
Valpo (1-7) will round out its long stretch of home matches on Sunday as Wayne State comes to town. The start of doubles play is slated for 1 p.m. at The Courts of NWI.