The Valparaiso University women’s tennis team got off to a strong start on Sunday afternoon at the Valpo Tennis Complex by collecting the doubles point, but visiting Bradley rebounded for a 5-2 victory in the regular season finale. Sophomore Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) continued her strong play, accounting for Valpo’s singles victory.
How It Happened
- Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) and Allison McConnell (Westland Mich, Churchill) made quick work of their opponents at No. 3 doubles with a 6-1 victory in the first match to finish. That placed Valpo in good position to collect the doubles point. The Braves (10-6, 3-2) prevailed at No. 2 doubles, so the point hinged on the match at the top spot.
- After seeing their lengthy doubles winning streak come to a close on Saturday in a match that went to a tiebreak, Olivia and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) bounced back with a 6-2 victory over Victoria Sanchez Bronzetti and Sandra Maletin.
- Olivia capped off her perfect singles weekend with a straight-set success at No. 2, topping Bozana Lojpur 6-3, 6-3.
- Valpo was very much in the match as several other singles showdowns were tightly contested, but the Braves did enough to escape with the win. The lone three-set battle utilized a third-set tiebreak as Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) fell just shy with Bradley’s Natalia Barbery prevailing 2-6, 6-2, 1-0(6) at No. 5 singles.
Inside the Match
- Olivia upped her team-high singles win total to 11 while finishing conference play with an impressive 4-1 singles mark. She enjoyed a perfect weekend, sweeping her matches in straight sets both days, and has won three in a row. The sophomore already holds 24 career singles victories.
- The Czerwonka sisters finished the regular season at 4-1 in No. 1 doubles matches with the only loss coming on a tiebreak. They are 10-1 over their last 11 matches.
- Claire continued her climb in the program record book by securing her 52nd career doubles win. She now holds sole possession of third place, is two wins away from second and three away from the program record.
- The No. 1 doubles win for the Czerwonka sisters came over a pair that featured Maletin, a two-time MVC All-Select team choice and 2019 All-MVC performer in doubles.
- Olivia’s No. 2 singles win came against Lojpur, the 2019 Flight 2 MVC Singles champion, a 2019 All-MVC performer and the 2019 Freshman of the Year.
- Jhaveri and McConnell improved to 4-4 as a pair with their win.
Valpo (6-12, 1-4 MVC) will head to Springfield, Mo. for the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament this coming weekend. Valpo will meet host Missouri State in an opening-round match on Friday at 10 a.m.