A commendable season for the Valparaiso University tennis program that featured the team’s highest overall and league win totals since 2007 and the team’s first conference tournament victory since 2006 came to an end on Saturday with a 4-0 semifinal loss to host and Missouri Valley Conference regular-season champion Drake in Des Moines, Iowa.
Saturday represented the final collegiate match for senior Isabella Schoolcraft (Bargersville, Ind. / Center Grove) and fifth-year senior Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy), who played an instrumental role in leading the program’s turnaround in recent years. Claire will go down as one of the greatest women’s tennis players in Valpo history.
The season featured junior Olivia Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) becoming the first Valpo women’s tennis player since 2002 to win conference Player of the Year honors, while her sister Claire was named the MVC Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
How It Happened
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