Tennis wins doubles, but falls to Valpariaso

CADEN SHEA, Sports Editor

The UNI tennis team traveled to Valparaiso, Ind. on Sunday for a meet against the Valpo Beacons in their homecourt. The Panthers went into this matchup against the Beacons with a record of 4-10, still looking to make a mark on the competition this season.

The UNI No. 1 Doubles team of Darta Dalecka and Lorena Cardoso made the biggest impact of the day for the Panthers. The duo defeated the other No. 1 team from Valpo consisting of Olivia and Claire Czerwonka. The doubles team from UNI reigned victorious with a sore of 6-4 to give UNI their only win of the day. In other doubles action, Andrijana Brkic and Thaissa Moreira of UNI were defeated 6-4 by Amanda Tabanera and Isabella Schoolcraft of Valpo. UNI’s No. 3 team of Emma Carr and Issa Sullivan were defeated 6-2 by Valpo’s Demi Jhaveri and Allison McConnell. 

The day would not be complete without some singles action between the two teams. No. 1 Dalecka fell to Olivia Czerwonka in straight sets. Cardoso was defeated by Claire Czerwonka in the next matchup of the day. Carr was defeated 2-0 by Tabanera and  Brkic fell to Jhaveri of Valpo. Moreira put up a strong fight against Mia Bertino, defeating her in the first set, but lost the last two sets in close games. No. 6  Sullivan was defeated by Schoolcraft to finish the day and give Valpo the ultimate victory over the Panthers. 

The Panthers will be at home in their next two matchups, first hosting Bradley on April 9, followed by Illinois State on April 10 at the UNI Tennis Courts, weather permitting.