July 7, 2014
Cyclone tryouts for 2014 season
Want to play tennis with a team that has experience at the national level? Then join the Cyclones. Tryouts for the women's tennis team are on Friday, Aug. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., on the tennis courts on the southwest side of campus. For more information, contact head coach Nicole Selvaggio at (708) 608-4254 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
July 1, 2014
Cyclones sign player from Queen of Peace
The Cyclones continue to add to their fall roster. Their latest recruit, Kaitlyn
Seldal, is a graduate of Queen of Peace High School and a transfer student from
Dominican University where she also played tennis. She holds a 4.0 GPA and
should be another solid addition to the team.
“Kaitlyn has a very consistent serve and a powerhouse forehand. Her previous experience is an asset,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “I am looking forward to seeing great tennis out of her.”
June 20, 2014
Head coach Selvaggio receives newcomer award
In her first season as head tennis coach, Nicole Selvaggio received the Illinois
Skyway Collegiate Conference 2014 New Coach of the Year Award. She was selected
from coaches from 12 sports teams.
“This was particularly special for me because this was the awards luncheon where I received the Dick Durrant Award last year for the student athlete with the highest GPA in the conference. I'm sure they weren't expecting to see my face again so soon,” Selvaggio said. “Seriously though, I am incredibly honored and humbled to be the recipient of this prestigious award. To receive it at my ‘home,’ Moraine Valley, made it all the more special.”
May 30, 2014
Cyclones sign on Hillcrest grad
The Cyclones added another top tennis player to their squad. Fabie Ezife signed to play with the Cyclones from Hillcrest High School.
Ezife graduated salutatorian in her class. She is a very focused, composed and fierce tennis player. “She has a great work ethic in and out of the classroom. I am excited to have her as a part of our Cyclone tennis family,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio.
May 12, 2014
Cyclones grab big wins at nationals
It’s been a long winter since the Cyclones played organized tennis, the last
being their second place finish in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament on Oct. 12.
Since then, they’ve practiced hard for a challenging matchup at the NJCAA
Tournament, May 4-9, in Tyler, Texas. In Moraine Valley’s sixth trip, they had
enough grit to earn some big wins, a first for the college.
The unquestionable thriller was Tricia Poremba (Maine West) at sixth singles. For the first time in seven years, Moraine Valley won a main draw match. The undefeated All-Conference and All-Region player took 3.5 hours in a three-set battle to knock out a player from Mississippi. This win earned the Cyclones their first points of the tournament. Poremba’s second match was against a consistent Pima (Arizona) player and was a near repeat of her first match. She lost the first set 4-6, and in the beginning of the second set called for a trainer due to a considerable shoulder injury. Despite the pain, she fought through it and came back to win the second set, 7-5, after being down 3-5. The third, deciding set went 4-6 in favor of Pima.
“Never have I ever seen anybody fight as hard as Tricia did, especially with an injury, and even more so with that blazing Texas heat. To do this two days in a row, I’m just astounded,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “Tricia epitomizes our ‘heart, integrity and grace’ mantra. Everyone couldn't stop talking about what a fighter she was.”
Poremba set the tone for the Cyclones. Eisenhower grad Liz Dominguez (first singles), Oak Lawn product Claudia Maka (fourth singles), and Andrew alum Alexa Armon (third singles) all won consolation singles matches. “To win any match at the number one singles flight is insanely tough. I know this first hand,” Selvaggio said. “Liz played the tennis I know she is capable of all year with that match. This win is going to give her the confidence she needs to be an even bigger force for us next year.”
Maka maintained her focus, and dominated in a win over Oxford College of Emory. She eventually lost in the quarterfinals, fighting all the way. After that match, bystanders complimented her sportsmanship and great attitude on and off the court. “I cannot even begin to say what a compliment this was for not only Claudia but also for our entire school. I teach my players to fight, but I also stress the ‘grace’ element as well. Claudia embodies both,” Selvaggio said.
Team captain Armon's quarterfinal consolation win was meaningful because it was against conference rival Elgin Community College. She won on a big stage with a convincing 8-4 victory. In her semi-final consolation match, Armon faced a tough player from Snead State (Alabama) and was down 0-7. After fighting off 13 match points, Armon came back to make it 3-7 before the 3-8 loss. “I am so proud of Alexa's fight. She played out of her mind in that match, and even though the ‘W’ wasn't on our side, she still ended her Moraine Valley tennis career with a bang,” Selvaggio said.
At fifth singles, Lindsey Walker (Andrew) nearly won her main draw match. “I have never seen better footwork and groundstrokes out of her. That match could have easily gone either way,” Selvaggio said. “Again, what a fight!”
The doubles play in all three flights resulted in scores that did not reflect how close the matches were. The communication among the pairs was spot on; the fight was intense.
“This was a particularly special trip for me as head coach. I was fortunate enough to compete at this level as a Moraine Valley player. To be back there as a coach truly meant the world to me,” Selvaggio explained. “More importantly, we left a positive, lasting impression on everyone at that tournament. We may not be able to practice year-round in nice weather like the majority of the schools there, but we proved that we are capable of competing with them. The majority of this year's squad will return next year. With this nationals experience under their belts, I know that their level of play will be 10 times higher. This was the most successful showing in the history of our program. We made it to day four of a five-day national tournament with 31 schools. What a way to start my collegiate coaching career. What an even better way for the Cyclones to make a name for themselves. I am so proud of the way they represented themselves, our program and our school.”
April 22, 2014
Cyclones sign Stagg player
The Cyclones welcome a new player to their decorated team. Agneiszka (Agnes) Szudy signed to play tennis at Moraine Valley starting this fall. Born in Poland, this Stagg student not only maintains a 4.0 in the classroom, but is a fighter on the court especially when under pressure. Szudy’s highly competitive spirit, positive personality and solid work ethic will be a good fit for the team, said head coach Nicole Selvaggio.