August 28, 2014
A battle in the home opener
The Cyclones opened their season at home on Aug. 27 against NAIA school
Roosevelt University. Despite falling 4-5, Moraine Valley put up a fight and
gained strength for future matches.
Claudia Maka, Tricia Poremba, Agnieszka Szudy, and Fabie Ezife each won very convincingly in singles play. Maka and Poremba also played exceptionally well in doubles. Collectively, the Cyclones were aggressive, communicated well and displayed superb footwork. They made Roosevelt work for wins, as several matches could have easily gone either way. First doubles lost 9-7, second doubles lost 10-8 and second singles went three sets.
“Today's match allowed us to get even stronger for the road ahead. I feel like even though the ‘W’ wasn't on our side of the scoreboard, we set the tone for the type of tennis we are capable of and will be displaying throughout this season,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “These girls all played unbelievable tennis. We hung with Roosevelt. If we gave an NAIA team that tough of a time, then I can't wait to see the tennis we have ahead of us.”
August 22, 2014
Cyclones refuse to lose in 2014
Second-year women’s tennis coach Nicole Selvaggio wants her team to envision
their name on banners proclaiming them the conference and region champions.
Fortunately, the players also want to avenge their one loss last season and win
it all in 2014.
If the off season is any indication, the Cyclones are focused and ready to live up to their new motto—Refuse to Lose. After suffering their only loss in the 2013 regular season to conference rival Elgin Community College, the team wants to win it all, knowing they have a target on their back.
After playing well at nationals this past May, several returners will bring a maturity and understanding of this level of competition to the newbies. All-Region player Tricia Poremba (Maine West) is stepping up as captain this season and is rejoined by All-Region player Claudia Maka (Oak Lawn), Liz Dominguez (Eisenhower) and Lindsey Walker (Andrew).
Thanks to Selvaggio’s recruiting efforts, the Cyclones have added strength to the squad with newcomers Fabie Ezife (Hillcrest), Kaitlyn Seldal (Queen of Peace), Lorissa Sernus (Shepard), and Agnieszka Szudy (Stagg).
This team is already close on and off the court. They’ve used the new Health Fitness & Recreation Center to work with weights and improve cardio. They thrive on pressure and are fierce on the court. So with a packed schedule that includes some NAIA and DIII colleges, the Cyclones anticipate the tougher competition will make them that much stronger for the NJCAA Region IV tournament.
“I plan on coming in first this year. The returners want to avenge a second-place finish. We’re a solid team with no holes. We have to be in sync and bring it on the court. They’re ready to go,” Selvaggio said. “I tell them to expect all the conference schools to be better than last season and let their racket do the talking. They want it this year.”
Selvaggio is not only stressing excellence on the court, but in the classroom as well. “I don’t tolerate excuses. Their priority should be school…and then tennis,” she said.