Bertino, Czerwonkas Pick Up Wins Over Lynn
Thursday, March 10, 2022
Bertino, Czerwonkas Pick Up Wins Over Lynn

For the second time in as many days, the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team faced off with one of the top teams in the Division-II nation, as the program’s spring trip continued with a 5-2 setback at D-II No. 10 Lynn on Thursday morning. Olivia and Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) returned to the win column at No. 1 doubles, while Olivia and Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) both prevailed in singles competition.

How It Happened

  • A day after their 12-match winning streak came to an end, Claire and Olivia rebounded at No. 1 doubles with a one-sided victory over Karyna Bihel and Jacqueline Wagner. The sisters dropped just one game in a 6-1 triumph. The Fighting Knights won on the other two doubles courts to take the doubles point.
  • Olivia also got back to her winning ways in singles competition. She cruised to a 6-1 win in the opening set against Lynn’s Zofia Podbiol at No. 1 singles before grinding out a tight 7-5 victory in the second set.
  • Valpo’s other victory came on the No. 5 singles court, where Bertino bested Barbora Cibakova in straight sets, 6-3, 6-1.
  • For the second straight day, Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) faced an opponent ranked in the top 25 nationally in NCAA Division-II. This time, she battled No. 23 Giorgia Pigato.

Inside the Match

  • Olivia won her 41st career doubles match, climbing into a tie for ninth in program history with Paige Heuer (2013-2017).
  • Claire extended her program record by garnering her 68th career doubles win.
  • Olivia owns 40 career singles wins, a total that ranks 10th in program history and is four away from ninth.
  • Bertino achieved her 16th career singles win and won for the second time in the last three matches after also picking up a win vs. NIU on Sunday.

Up Next

The Beacons (6-7) will close out the three-match spring trip on Friday at 11 a.m. Central Time by visiting Florida International in Miami, Fla.