September 12, 2014
Cyclones take big win over Spartans
Redemption is a beautiful thing. It came quickly and soundly for the Cyclones on
Sept. 11. After losing their lone regular season match last season to Elgin
Community College, Moraine Valley came out and defeated the Spartans, 7-2.
Despite drastically cooler temperatures, the Cyclones remained focused, composed and pumped throughout the match. Liz Dominguez had a strong win at first singles. Kait Seldal, Claudia Maka, Lindsey Walker, and Tricia Poremba each won convincingly in their singles matches as well. Doubles duo Walker and Agnieszka Szudy kept up their solid play while third doubles team Maka and Poremba destroyed their opponents, taking every game. Although first doubles pair Dominguez and Seldal lost, they were on the verge of making a comeback in the second set after being down 2-5. They eventually lost in a close tiebreaker.
“Their fight and tenacity to work their way back embodies the ‘fight-for-every-point’ philosophy I encourage in my players. Sportsmanship also was synonymous with the Cyclones. Even though we presented strong tennis on the courts, we were high-fiving our opponents and even hugging them afterwards—a rare sight in such a competitive sport at this level,” said coach Nicole Selvaggio. “My players epitomized the utmost level of class and integrity, especially against such a big conference rival. I cannot be more proud of them. We went into this match as a mentally and physically prepared team. We walked away as a stronger, unwaveringly confident family. We are optimistic about our upcoming matches.”
September 10, 2014
Cyclones grab first conference win
In their first Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference match of the season (Sept.
9), the Cyclones shut out College of Lake County, 9-0, at home.
There was nothing but domination on the court especially when it came to singles play.
Liz Dominguez, Agnieszka Szudy, Kait Seldal, and Claudia Maka all played exceptional singles matches. Lindsey Walker and Tricia Poremba won their respective singles matches in under 45 minutes, winning every game. The Cyclones swept doubles play as well, once again showing mental toughness and communication among partners.
“I am very pleased with how all of my girls are playing. We are displaying high-quality tennis in singles and doubles. The focus each girl brings forth in each respective position is absolutely rock solid,” said coach Nicole Selvaggio. “We look forward to growing stronger each time we step foot on the courts.”
September 8, 2014
Third straight for ’Clones
Mental toughness shone through again for the Cyclones in their third straight
win. Moraine Valley dominated Sauk Valley Community College 7-2 on Sept. 6.
Notable wins came from singles players Kaitlyn Seldal, Claudia Maka, Lindsey Walker, and Tricia Poremba. Each woman remained focused and aggressive throughout their matches. Seldal dominated her opponent, playing smart and powerful tennis. Maka's focus and high-intensity also allowed her to earn a fast win. Walker displayed excellent mental toughness and tenacity by coming back to win her match after losing the first set. Team captain Poremba showed her leadership skills on and off the court, and also proved how unshakable her mental toughness is.
The Cyclones swept the three doubles positions as well. The communication between partners was excellent, and the footwork displayed a high-level of preparedness and energy. The match of the day was first doubles duo Liz Dominguez and Seldal with their efficient groundstrokes and net-play. That was a high-intensity match between both teams, but Moraine Valley’s composure and aggressiveness definitely gave them an edge.
“This first road win against a regional rival is huge for us. Each Cyclone displayed high-quality tennis. My girls went into this match prepared and confident in their abilities. We will only get stronger from here. We know the road ahead, and we will remain focused on our goals,” said coach Nicole Selvaggio.
September 5, 2014
Thrilling doubles win seals the deal for Cyclones victory
The Cyclones demonstrated mental toughness as they won another hard-fought
battle on their home courts Sept. 4, this time against Benedictine University, a
NCAA Division III school. A final doubles match sealed the deal in Moraine
Valley’s 5-4 win.
Significant wins at singles came from Tricia Poremba, who played some smart tennis, and Agnieszka Szudy, who dominated her match.
The real thrill came from doubles duo Lindsey Walker and Szudy, who clinched the team win after displaying incredible tenacity and nerves of steel. They played solid, aggressive doubles with infectious energy with four minutes to spare before the court lights turned off at 9 p.m.
“Even though this was another pre-season exhibition match for us, it feels great to be keeping up with and ultimately defeating these four-year universities,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “Our first region match is tomorrow on the road against Sauk Valley. I feel like we are more than ready for them and all the other junior colleges ahead. The Benedictine match was an excellent test for our mental toughness. There are a lot of positive takeaways from it. We are pumped for the road ahead.”
August 30, 2014
Cyclones earn shutout win
The Cyclones earned their first win and shutout of the season Aug. 29 with a 9-0
victory over Concordia University
Notable singles matches included Liz Dominguez, Kaitlyn Seldal, Claudia Maka, and Lindsey Walker. Doubles duo Dominguez and Seldal communicated well and played strong. Agnieszka Szudy and Walker also had a great doubles match.
“This was the first win of pre-season play. The women all remained focused and played hard. Each day we are growing stronger and more confident in our abilities,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio.
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.