Claire Czerwonka

Valparaiso University women’s tennis team completed its weekend of wins over Illinois opponents with a 7-0 defeat over Chicago State. 

Their victory over the Cougars extended their winning streak to three, the longest in spring match play since April 2007. 

At that time, Valpo won four straight over Southern Utah, Centenary, University of Missouri-Kansas City: Volker and Western Illinois.

Head coach Bob Modesto commented that this continuation and build up of wins has him and his players fired up. 

“We’re fired up. You can get used to losing and that’s not fun, but our three game winning streak has brought us a lot of confidence,” Modesto said. “You could probably say we love to win more than we love tennis.”

Valpo’s sweeping victory is the team’s first against a Division-I opponent since Jan. 20, 2017 against Indiana University–Purdue University Indianapolis. 

Valpo started off strong and showed their domination in doubles matches. 

Senior Claire Czerwonka and Sophomore Olivia Czerwonka added a 6-3 victory at first doubles. 

Olivia Czerwonka commented that she hopes her and her sister will find the most success this season through their work as a duo. 

“It’s really awesome to play doubles with my sister,” Czerwonka said. “I think I’ll have a better shot at being successful this season because Claire and I are both strong players and lately we have been doing well in the sport.”

Sophomore Amanda Tabanera and Junior Isabella Schoolcraft pulled out a 6-0 smash in their doubles match.

In singles play, Claire Czerwonka outstrided CSUW’s Kristina Pukhaeva with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. 

Claire Czerwonka also earned her 46th career doubles triumph. This helped move her into a tie for sixth all-time in program history. Her career singles win has also accumulated to 41 victories, putting her ninth in program history.

During her singles match, Olivia Czerwonka beat her opponent 7-6 and 6-3. 

Tabanera held her own against CSUW’s Katarina Drazic. After dropping her opening set 1-6, she came back to win on the third-set tiebreaker 6-4 and 10-7.

Freshman Mia Bertino came out with a straight forward victory, winning 6-3 and then 7-6.

Sophomore Demi Jhaveri and Schoolcraft won their third doubles match; however, it was by a forfeit. 

Coach Modesto and the players are excited about their Missouri Valley Conference matches and what lies ahead for them.

“The MVC is a tough, but great conference to compete in,” said Modesto, “Bradley and Illinois State are two of the top teams. We look forward to playing them.” 

After the team faced Oakland on Saturday, March 13, they will compete in their final non-conference match against Bradley on March 27.

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