If you’re spending time in Hawaii over spring break with your friends and teammates, it’s bound to be an unforgettable experience. Add in a convincing win, and the trip gets even better. That was the case on Monday for the Valparaiso University women’s tennis team, as the Crusaders downed Chaminade 9-0 at UH Manoa Tennis Complex in Honolulu. The win added yet another lasting memory to a trip that has also featured a 1,048-step climb to the top of Koko Crater, a visit to Mount Olympus via Kalalau Trail reaching an elevation of 2,335 feet and a day at Waikiki Beach.
How It Happened
- It was overcast but still warm on Monday in Honolulu, and after all a bad day in Hawaii beats a good day just about anywhere else. There’s no debating that it was a good day for the Crusaders (5-5), who won convincingly in all nine matches.
- The Crusaders swept the doubles matches, with each one counting for its own point in the team scoring. The closest was at No. 1, where Claire Czerwonka (Kenosha, Wis. / Saint Joseph Catholic Academy) and Jelena Vujanic (Elk Grove Village, Ill. / Elk Grove) rolled to an 8-2 victory over Catrina Liner and Salasmasina Te’i.
- Randi Wind (Park Ridge, Ill. / Maine South) and Halle Roach (Libertyville, Ill. / Libertyville) were 8-1 winners over Emma Haurillon and Elyssa Shirai at No. 2, while Jordan Kopfer (Eagan, Minn. / Eastview) and Dao Sysouvanh (Sun Prairie, Wis. / Sun Prairie) blanked Hannah Parker and Jackie McGreal 8-0 at No. 3.
- The middle of the singles lineup dominated as the Crusaders did not drop a single game at No. 2, No. 3, No. 4 or No. 5. Vujanic whitewashed Te’I at No. 2, while Sysouvanh did the same to Shirai at No. 3. Wind downed Cai Yan Fang at No. 4, and Kopfer also had a spotless effort against Haurillon at No. 5.
- The closet match was at No. 1, where Czerwonka got past Liner 6-3, 6-1. Roach dropped just one game against Parker at No. 6, winning 6-0, 6-1.
Inside the Match
- Vujanic garnered her 13th win of the season on Monday, the most by any Crusader since the 2006-2007 campaign. Fellow freshman Czerwonka is at 11 wins, making this the first time since the 2006-2007 season that the Crusaders have had multiple players hit double figures.
- Valpo picked up its fifth win of the season on Monday, making this the program’s highest win total since 2006-2007. The last time the Crusaders earned their fifth win of the year, it came in Orlando, Fla. against Manhattan on March 13, 2007.
After nine straight road matches to begin the spring season, the Crusaders will finally compete at home on Friday, March 23 against Omaha. The match will begin at 3 p.m. CT.