The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team has its longest winning streak in 14 years after topping Chicago State 7-0 on Sunday at The Courts of Northwest Indiana. The win marked the team’s third straight triumph and secured a weekend sweep over a pair of Illinois-based foes.
How It Happened
- Valpo started strong by collecting the doubles point for the third straight match. At No. 2 doubles, Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) and Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) teamed up for a 6-0 whitewash, while Claire and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) picked up a 6-3 victory at No. 1. Valpo won at third doubles by forfeit.
- Claire dropped just one game in her No. 1 singles match, a dominant 6-0, 6-1 victory over Kristina Pukhaeva.
- At the No. 3 position, Tabanera bounced back from dropping her opening set to win on a third-set tiebreaker over Katarina Drazic 1-6, 6-4, 10-7.
- Olivia topped Sofiya Sedovich 7-6(2), 6-3 at No. 2, while Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) also grabbed a straight-set victory, winning 6-3, 7-6(6) at No. 4.
- Valpo won by forfeit at No. 5 and No. 6 singles.
Inside the Match
- Valpo has won three consecutive matches in spring dual match play for the first time since April 2007, when the team won four straight over Southern Utah, Centenary, UMKC and Western Illinois.
- The Brown & Gold picked up the program’s first 7-0 victory over a Division-I opponent since Jan. 20, 2017 at IUPUI.
- Claire earned her 46th career doubles triumph, moving into a tie for sixth in program history. She joins Jill Dierberg (2002-2006) and Christina Scala (2001-2005) in the tie for sixth, and one more victory would allow her to climb into a tie for fifth.
- Claire also padded her career singles win total on Sunday, earning the 41st of her career. She is ninth in program history in that category and needs four more to jump into a tie for eighth.
- Olivia’s win was her team-high fifth of the season, while the tandem of Claire and Olivia improved to over .500 by upping their No. 1 doubles mark to 6-5 this year.
- Valpo (4-7) has tied for its highest spring-only win total since 2007. One more win would allow Valpo to win five matches during the spring slate for the first time since 2007 and tie last season for the highest overall win total since 2006-07.
- Tabanera’s win came over Drazic, a 2019 Second Team All-WAC selection and WAC All-Tournament Team pick.
Valpo will host Oakland on Saturday at 3 p.m. as the team seeks to extend its winning streak to four.