The Valparaiso University tennis team will play for a spot in the Missouri Valley Conference title match on Saturday.
The Beacons checked off another goal during a season filled with achievements that exemplify the program’s progress, besting Stony Brook 4-1 in the opening round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament on Friday morning in Des Moines, Iowa. This marks the program’s first league tournament victory since 2006.
How It Happened
- The match got off to a strong start for the Beacons, who captured the doubles point by garnering wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The top tandem of Claire and Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) topped Mathilde Sreeves and Loretto Del Carmen Villalba Rubio 6-3, while Mia Bertino (Lockport, Ill. / Joliet Catholic) and Demi Jhaveri (Westlake, Ohio / Westlake) prevailed 6-2 over Carmen Victoria Villalba Rubio and Sara Annamaria Medved at No. 3 doubles. The No. 2 doubles match went unfinished.
- A day after winning the MVC Player of the Year Award, Olivia rolled to a straight-set victory over Mathilde Sreeves, 6-2, 6-2.
- Amanda Tabanera (Valencia, Calif. / Valencia) continued her strong season at third singles, making quick work of Loretto Del Carmen Villalba Rubio in a 6-2, 6-0 sweep.
- Jhaveri won the clinching match, besting Chandrika Joshia 6-3, 6-2 at No. 4 singles to send Valpo to the semifinal round of the league tournament. The Seawolves won at No. 2 singles, while No. 5 and No. 6 singles went unfinished in the clinch-clinch format.
Inside the Match
- The Czerwonka sisters picked up their 20th win of the season, moving into a tie for the program record for single-season doubles wins. They became the first Valpo players to finish with 20 doubles wins in a season since 2005 and join three others tied atop the program record book in that category – Kate Kollarova (2000-2001), Mara Sonkin (2000-2001) and Whitney Chada (2004-2005). The sisters need one more to win to set the outright program record for single-season doubles victories.
- Speaking of program records, Claire’s doubles win was the 72nd of her career, already a program watermark. Olivia now owns 45 career doubles victories, eighth in program history and one away from a tie for seventh.
- Olivia garnered her 22nd singles victory of the season, the third most in single-season program history. Kate Kollarova owns the top two spots in the program record book with 29 singles wins in 2000-2001 and 23 in 2001-2002.
- This marked Olivia’s 46th career singles win, elevating her into sole possession of ninth in the program record book. She snapped a tie with Monika Danko (2001-2005, 45).
- Tabanera registered her 41st career singles win and 18th of the season. Tabanera ranks 11th in the program record book, needing four more wins to join the top 10. In the single-season record book, Tabanera has advanced to a tie for ninth in program history with Christina Scala (2001-2002, 18), moving ahead of Mara Sonkin (2001-2002, 17) and Kate Evangelist (2005-2006, 17) with Friday’s win.
- Bertino played her first doubles match of the season and notched her first career doubles victory. Jhaveri picked up her ninth doubles win of the campaign.
- This marks the program’s first conference-tournament victory since 2006.
- Valpo played Stony Brook for the first time since a first-round MVC Tournament match on April 27, 2018, a 4-1 win for the Seawolves.
- With the team’s 11th victory of the season, Valpo has now tied the 2007 squad for the team’s most wins in a single season since 2006.
The Beacons (11-11) advance to face top-seeded, host Drake on Saturday at 10 a.m. for a spot in Sunday’s Missouri Valley Conference title match. A link to live scoring is available on ValpoAthletics.com.