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2013 Season

Season Record: 7-1
Conference Record: 4-1

All-Region IV Team: Claudia Maka (fourth singles) and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles)
All-Conference Team:
Alexa Armon (third singles), Maka, Poremba, and second doubles pair Maka and Kelley Grzych

Day Date Opponent Location Time W/L
Fri. 8/30 Concordia University (scrimmage) Away 3:30 p.m. N/A
Fri. 9/6 College of DuPage Home 3 p.m. W 8-1
Wed. 9/11 Waubonsee Community College* Away 2:45 p.m. W 6-3
Fri. 9/13 College of Lake County* Away 2:45 p.m. W 9-0
Thurs. 9/19 McHenry County College* Away 2:45 p.m. W 8-1
Sat. 9/21 Sauk Valley Community College Home 10:30 a.m. W 5-4
Thurs. 9/26 Oakton Community College* Home 2:45 p.m. W 9-0
Fri. 9/27 Illinois Valley Community College Away 3 p.m. W 6-3
Wed. 10/2 North Central College JV Home 3:30 p.m. Canceled
Fri. 10/4 Elgin Community College* Home 2:45 p.m. L 3-6
Fri.-Sat. 10/11-12 Region IV Tournament @ Moraine Valley Home  9 a.m. Second Place- National qualifiers
Sat.-Fri. 5/4-9/2014 NJCAA Tournament Away-Tyler, Texas  8:30 a.m. 19th Place

* Denotes Conference Game


April 9, 2014

Head coach featured again on tennis recruiting site

Head coach Nicole Selvaggio was again featured on the Tennis Recruiting Network website for an expert panel. As the lone junior college coach, she gave input into the question “What important factors in the college recruiting process do student athletes often overlook when making their decisions?” See the article here: www.tennisrecruiting.net/article.asp?id=1886.


March 7, 2014

Head coach featured on premier tennis recruiting website

Head women’s tennis coach Nicole Selvaggio was one of seven collegiate tennis coaches—the only woman and only one from a community college—on an “Ask the Expert” panel on TennisRecruiting.net. This site is the premier tennis recruiting website in the country.

The coaches discussed the state of college tennis based on the question “Is College Tennis Thriving or Struggling?” To see the entire article, visit http://ow.ly/ulSVY.


October 14, 2013

Cyclones headed to nationals for sixth time

They’re going to Texas again. The Cyclones clinched a berth to the national tournament in May after finishing second at the NJCAA Region IV championships on their home courts over two days of action, Oct. 11-12. This is the team’s sixth time qualifying for nationals.

They set the tone early. Every Cyclone worked hard for two days, or about 12 hours total, with eight out of nine positions winning first-round matches. Only the first doubles team was knocked out in the first round after a tough, long three-set match. In the end, two Cyclones finished first, earning a nod to the All-Region team. At fourth singles, Claudia Maka earned a come-from-behind third set fight against a player she lost to during the season, and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles), a fierce player all year, continued her unbeaten streak with another victory.

Second place medals went to Alexa Armon (third singles), who made her opponent work for every point, and Lindsey Walker (fifth singles), who played her best tennis of the season, losing a close 6-4, 6-4 match. Second doubles—Maka and Kelley Grzych—and third doubles—Walker and Poremba— came through with third place victories. Liz Dominguez (first singles) and Grzych (second singles) finished fourth after some tough battles.

The matches overall were tight from day one. There was an aggressive race for the top three positions primarily between the Cyclones, Elgin Community College and Illinois Valley Community College. After the first day, the Cyclones were tied for second with Illinois Valley. Some clutch match play from Maka, Poremba and Walker clinched the team victory.

“I cannot be more proud of each and every one of my girls throughout this season. From day one they worked their butts off, and I was not easy on them. To be able to go back to the national tournament—this time as a coach—absolutely means the world to me,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “This was a team effort. Seeing it all come together when it counted, well, words cannot describe how amazing that felt, not only for me but also for all of us. I know what to expect at the national level. It's not going to be easy competition. However, we are resilient and excited for our chance to be a part of and play against the nation's best.”

During the year, Armon and Poremba also earned nods to the All-Conference team for helping their squad secure a 7-1 overall and 4-1 conference record. The Cyclones were nearly perfect until the last match of the season.

The Cyclones have until May before they compete in Tyler, Texas.


October 7, 2013

Tough first loss for ’Clones; now for regionals

All good things must come to an end. It’s not quite the finale for the Cyclones, but their undefeated run in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference was halted by a competitive Elgin Community College squad on Oct. 4. Both teams were undefeated and needed the win to grab the conference championship. Although Moraine Valley took this 6-3 loss, they have a chance to make amends in the NJCAA Region IV tournament next weekend.

Both teams battled through each match—the last regular season game. Alexa Armon won at third singles and Tricia Poremba won at sixth singles solidifying their unbeaten streaks all season and earning them each a nod to the All-Conference team. Kelley Grzych also had a strong win at second singles.

“Taking second in the very competitive conference is nothing for us to shake our heads about. Do I think we could have won? Absolutely. We had the win in our hands. This loss does not reflect how close the scores were,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “It is what it is. We got our first and only loss out of the way now before the big region tournament on Friday. We are still in great shape for that. I think this loss will make my girls work harder for the win at regionals and appreciate it more. Our focus is on the big prize— nationals.”


September 30, 2013

Lucky seven for ’Clones

Lucky number seven. The Cyclones won their seventh straight and maintained their perfect record with a 6-3 victory over Illinois Valley Community College on Sept. 27.

Moraine Valley won five out of six positions in singles including Liz Dominguez (first singles), Alexa Armon (third singles), Claudia Maka (fourth singles), Lindsey Walker (fifth singles), and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles). Third doubles—Walker and Poremba—had one of their strongest matches of the season and got a great win for the team. Armon, team captain, played tremendous in her singles match, and Walker also played well in both singles and doubles.

“Our entire team was pumped and really supported each other throughout every match play. It was a great victory for us,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “I am very happy with these results. We keep getting stronger and stronger, both individually and as a team. I am confident that our best tennis is still yet to come.”


September 27, 2013

’Clones shut out Oakton

It’s nice to win, and they keep coming. Moraine Valley tallied their sixth straight win this season with a 9-0 shutout over Oakton Community College at home on Sept. 26.

Liz Dominguez was solid at number one singles, as was Kelley Grzych at second singles. First doubles team Dominguez and Alexa Armon had a convincing 8-1 victory, and are hitting their volleys with more confidence. A good team effort contributed to a continued undefeated season for the Cyclones.

“I'm proud of the girls for another great win. I am feeling good about how practice is coming along. I'm hoping we can keep up the positive energy and dominating wins as we get closer to the regional tournament,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio.


September 23, 2013

Cyclones edge out Sauk Valley

Winning is the name of the game this season, but the Cyclones’ latest victory was too close for comfort. Moraine Valley won 5-4 at home on Sept. 21 against Sauk Valley Community College, and not without a fight.

Liz Dominguez (first singles), Alexa Armon (third singles), Claudia Maka (fourth singles), and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles) all played well. Poremba played her best match of the season. Second doubles—Maka and Kelley Grzych—just dominated on the court. They were unstoppable at the net, which helped clinch the team win.

“We are still undefeated, so I am very pleased with that. However, we are getting down to the wire. Regionals are a couple short weeks away, and my girls are going to continue to step it up big time at practice. We are going to take the rest of this season one practice and one game at a time,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio.


September 20, 2013

Cyclones maintain perfection

A dominating Cyclone squad continued rolling through teams including their most recent victim, McHenry County College. Moraine Valley controlled the meeting on Sept. 19 in an 8-1 win to maintain an unblemished record.

All three doubles matches fought hard for solid victories. Liz Dominguez (first singles), Alexa Armon (third singles), Claudia Maka (fourth singles), Lindsey Walker (fifth singles), and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles) all sailed through their singles matches.

“We are definitely a force to be reckoned with,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “I am very pleased with the girls' continuous fight. We are looking forward to another good match at this Saturday's home game.”


September 16, 2013

Cyclones take care of Lancers

The Cyclones continued their tear Sept. 13 with a 9-0 killing of College of Lake County.

Liz Dominguez and Alexa Armon had solid wins at first doubles. However, the real excitement came from Kelley Grzych at second singles. This was the first time she ever played singles and epitomized the team’s "fight like hell for every point" mantra. She lost the first set in a close tie break 7-6 (7-5), but regrouped to win the second set 6-4. The decisive third set came down to a super-tiebreaker, where the first player to 10 wins. Grzych was down 1-5 and then the fight kicked in before she won 10-6.

“Most girls would have given up mentally after losing such a close first set, but Kelley fought,” said head coach Nicole Selvaggio. “Seeing that comeback was an unbelievable feeling. I am so proud of Kelley and all the girls. Their mental game is becoming more solid by the day.”


September 12, 2013

Cyclones take care of Chiefs

Torrential rains and lightning on Sept. 11 were only temporary delays to a second win for the Cyclones as they fought for the 6-3 victory over Waubonsee Community College.

Moraine Valley found their groove before the rain. After a 30-minute delay they were back out, getting nine "bagels" (winning a set 6-0) out of 18 sets. Alexa Armon (3rd singles), Claudia Maka (4th singles), Lindsey Walker (fifth singles), and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles) each won at least one bagel and played exceptionally well in their matches. Second doubles, Kelley Grzych and Maka, and third doubles, Walker and Poremba, also were dominant, crushing their overheads and volleys with confidence.

“This first away and conference win is absolutely huge. I’m glad to see the marked improvement and continuous fight in my players,” said coach Nicole Selvaggio. “We will continue to work hard and put forth the 200 percent effort level into practice because it’s evident that it’s all starting to pay off when it counts.”


September 9, 2013

Cyclones shine in first outing

After much anticipation, the women’s tennis team finally played their first match of the season and made their voice heard loud and clear—they’re not messing around in 2013. In a dominating performance in their home opener, the Cyclones won 8-1 over College of DuPage, losing one singles match (second singles).

With a crowd of spectators, the Cyclones’ hard work and effort at practices shone through in this win. Liz Dominguez set the tone by winning her match at first singles. The real thriller was team captain, Alexa Armon, at third singles. Her match went into three sets, but she stayed mentally strong and came back to win in a close tie-breaker, 12-10. That match clinched the team win because at that point the Cyclones had won only four of the singles positions. It would have come down to doubles if Armon lost. Claudia Maka (fourth singles), Lindsey Walker (fifth singles) and Tricia Poremba (sixth singles) all won very convincingly. All three doubles teams played strong as well.

“It feels absolutely amazing to get this first win under our belts. I believe today's match will set the tone for the rest of the season. The energy was unbelievable. The girls really came together and supported each other. Today, they proved that tennis should no longer be considered an ‘individual sport.’ I have never seen such camaraderie on a tennis team in all of my experience in the tennis world,” said coach Nicole Selvaggio. “We are not going to let this win make us over-confident. I know what is ahead. I will continue to prepare my girls from here. It's just nice to see that they really are taking to my coaching.”


August 26, 2013

Top former Cyclone takes the helm, set to lead talented squad

With a former standout player coaching the team and some returnees with the 2012 NJCAA Region IV and Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championships under their belts as well as experience competing at nationals, this year’s tennis squad has good momentum for 2013.

The Cyclones went undefeated in 2012 bringing home championships and a number of individual awards. Head coach Bill Finn stepped down and hired his top player, Nicole Selvaggio, after she completed her two years at Moraine Valley, as his replacement. Selvaggio was a Region IV and Skyway Conference Player of the Year for two consecutive years in addition to playing at nationals twice. Although she won’t be competing, she has some players returning and strong recruits that intend to fight for wins this season.

All-Region and All-Conference player Alexandra Armon (Andrew) is back and taking a leadership role. She also brings her nationals experience to a youthful squad. Joining them are Claudia Maka (Oak Lawn), Elizabeth Dominguez (Eisenhower), Kelley Grzych (Reavis), Tricia Poremba (Maine West), Lindsey Walker (Andrew), and Attah Bahri (Shepard).

It’s a different perspective going from a player to a coach, but Selvaggio aims to share her secrets to success on the court as well as her mantra for the season—“heart, integrity and grace.” She’s trying to instill sportsmanship, academic integrity and a “fight like hell for every point” attitude in her players. So far in practice, that’s what they embody. With a 110 percent effort, Selvaggio knows that the results will show.

“I’m used to winning so I want to keep that up. I know what it takes. I want to come in first. I want that (championship) banner in the gym. They all have a great attitude, and they’re picking up on things that benefited me when I was a player,” Selvaggio said. “If they do their best and fight for every point, I’ll be happy.”

The Cyclones open their season at home on Sept. 6 against College of DuPage.


July 15, 2013
Team tryouts for 2013 season
Interested in feeding that competitive fire this fall or do you want a chance to play at a national tournament? Then attend tryouts for the women's tennis team on Thursday, August 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 selvaggion@morainevalley.edu.


2012 Season

Season Record: 8-0
Conference Record: 5-0

*NJCAA Region IV Champions (clinched Oct. 6)
*Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference Champions (clinched Sept. 20)

All-Region IV team: Nicole Selvaggio (first singles), Raquel Bowen-Grant (fifth singles), Kayla Annerino (sixth singles), Shayna Binette and Selvaggio (first doubles), Alexandra Armon and Annerino (third doubles)
All-Conference team: Annerino, Binette, Bowen-Grant, Selvaggio
NJCAA Region IV Player of the Year: Selvaggio
Skyway Conference Player of the Year: Selvaggio
Region IV Coach of the Year: Bill Finn
Skyway Conference Coach of the Year: Finn

Day Date Opponent Location Time W/L
Fri. 8/31 College of DuPage Away 2:45 p.m. W 9-0
Wed. 9/5 Olivet Nazarene University (scrimmage) Home 4 p.m.  N/A
Thurs. 9/6 Elgin Community College* Home 2:45 p.m. W 7-2
Mon. 9/10 Oakton Community College* Away 2:45 p.m. W 9-0
Thurs. 9/13 College of Lake County* Home 2:45 p.m. W 8-1
Tues. 9/18 Waubonsee Community College* Home 2:45 p.m. W 5-4
Thurs. 9/20 McHenry County College* Home  2:45 p.m. W 8-1*
Mon. 9/24 Sauk Valley Community College Away 3 p.m. W 8-0
Thurs. 9/27 Illinois Valley Community College Home 2:45 p.m. W 5-4
Mon. 10/1 North Central College (scrimmage) Away 3 p.m. N/A
Thurs.-Sat. 10/4-6 Region IV Tournament @ Sauk Valley Community College Away 10 a.m. 1st Place-team national qualifier*
Sat.-Fri. 5/4-10/2013 NJCAA Tournament @ Tucson, AZ Away  10 a.m. 23rd Place

* Denotes Conference Game


May 10, 2013
Cyclones take hits and earn wins at nationals
It was a long winter—and spring—since the Cyclones competed in any matches. After claiming the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and NJCAA Region IV titles in the fall, the team finally trekked to the national tournament May 4-9 in Tucson, Arizona, where they placed 23rd.

Competition is always fierce at nationals. Several colleges play outdoors year-round due to favorable weather and others have top international recruits. The Cyclones were overwhelmed the first day of competition, but fought back the rest of the week. Kayla Annerino, Nicole Selvaggio and Sophie Baxter had winning consolation matches. Alexa Armon and Ann Pendergast went to a third set tiebreaker at third doubles and also played exceptional.

“We were undefeated in the regular season, but Tyler Community College is in our region and eventually won the national title, so it was tough,” said head coach Bill Finn. “The team played exceptionally competitive in Arizona. They all gave a great effort the first day, but getting used to the heat and the competition was a challenge. By the second and third day we had some better matchups and played strong.”

While there, Finn was awarded the 2013 Wilson/Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Coach of the Year in Women’s ITA Region III. The ITA governs all college tennis from NCAA Division I to NJCAA.

“I was surprised to win this award. This is a great way to end my tennis coaching career. There are four regions in the USA. I won for Region III, which includes NJCAA tennis powerhouse teams from Texas and Kansas plus eight other states,” Finn said. “This is a very prestigious and high honor for Moraine Valley and me.”


April 18, 2013
Selvaggio and Finn showcased on SportsTownChicago.com
Following an undefeated fall season that included a conference and region championship and berth to the NJCAA Tournament, the women’s tennis team got some attention. Region and Conference Player of the Year Nicole Selvaggio and Region and Conference Coach of the Year Bill Finn were highlighted in the SportsTownChicago.com Coach’s Corner.

The online show covers the best coaches, players and directors in the greater Chicagoland area. Check out their interview here: http://youtu.be/abZDHXjQ9Ok.


October 8, 2012
Cyclones crowned region champs, headed to nationals
Not only are the Cyclones conference champs, but NJCAA Region IV champs as well. Maintaining a season-long undefeated streak, Moraine Valley took first place in the regional tournament Oct. 4-6 and qualified the team for the NJCAA Tournament in May.

Starting off the competition, Moraine Valley struggled in early matches. Thanks to the strength of Nicole Selvaggio, Kayla Annerino, Sophie Baxter, and Raquel Bowen-Grant, the team prevailed. With three matches left on Oct. 6, three teams, including the Cyclones, were tied for first. Some big Cyclones wins contributed to the overall victory.

Selvaggio defended her first singles championship in what is the first singles repeat in Region IV history, said coach Bill Finn. Other singles champs included Bowen-Grant at fifth singles, who had an undefeated season, and Annerino at sixth. Selvaggio and Shayna Binette also took first in first doubles while Annerino and partner Alexandra Armon took the third doubles championship. Finn was named Region Coach of the Year.

“The girls stepped up and played to expectations. We’re excited about nationals,” Finn said. “It’s hard to get all the pieces in place, but it’s nice when it all comes together.”

In Finn’s tenure, this is the first time the women’s tennis team has had an undefeated season and been region champions. Last year the squad finished second in regionals to qualify for nationals. This is the fifth time they’ve qualified for the NJCAA tournament as a team.


September 28, 2012
Cyclones finish unscathed in regular season
The Cyclones finished their regular season Sept. 27 with an eighth consecutive win and perfect record. The 5-4 victory over Illinois Valley Community College set the Cyclones up for the NJCAA Region IV Tournament next weekend.

This win came down to the first doubles triumph in a close match— 7-6, 7-6. Shayna Binette had a slow start in her first game back after two weeks out with an injury, but she and Nicole Selvaggio did the work for the win.

Also playing strong were Kayla Annerino at sixth singles/third doubles with partner Alexa Armon and Raquel Bowen-Grant at fifth singles.

Moraine Valley has a scrimmage match with North Central on Monday to get some practice in before regionals.


September 25, 2012
Cyclones trump Sauk Valley

Although it became too dark before the number two doubles match could play, the Cyclones had already showed dominance in an 8-0 win over Sauk Valley Community College on Sept. 24.

Ann Pendergast won at third singles and played well as did Paige Seldal at second singles.


September 24, 2012
Cyclones reign as Skyway champs
All they needed was one more win to clinch the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship. And win they did on Sept. 21 in an 8-1 victory over McHenry County College.

The champs are undefeated in both conference and in their overall season. Paige Seldal played solid matches in both second singles and doubles (with partner Sophie Baxter) where she had to fight for the wins. Several players received All-Conference honors including Nicole Selvaggio and Shayna Binette for first doubles, Kayla Annerino and Raquel Bowen-Grant for third doubles, Selvaggio for first singles, Bowen-Grant for fifth singles, and Annerino for sixth singles.

“We’re doing what we can do. We have some competition in the region tournament, and then hopefully we’ll qualify for nationals,” said coach Bill Finn.


September 19, 2012
Cyclones edge out Chiefs
There were some tense moments Sept. 18 when Moraine Valley faced Waubonsee Community College, but the Cyclones eked out the 5-4 victory.

In a tough match, Kayla Annerino prevailed at number six singles and number three doubles with partner Raquel Bowen-Grant who also earned a win at five singles.

With a fifth straight win under their belts, the Cyclones are in position to potentially clinch the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference championship. If the Cyclones beat McHenry County College on Friday, they will be crowned the champs.


September 11, 2012
Cyclones shut down Oakton
In their third straight win, the Cyclones quickly defeated Oakton Community College 9-0 on Sept. 10.

The players were strong on the court, and newly paired third doubles Raquel Bowen-Grant (Stagg) and Alexandra Armon (Andrew) played well, easily and quickly winning their match.


September 7, 2012
’Clones edge out Spartans
The Cyclones continue to slam the competition, the latest in a 7-2 win over Elgin Community College on Sept. 6.

Raquel Bowne-Grant (Stagg) had a great win at fifth singles while Sophie Baxter (Stagg) had a nice come from behind win at fourth singles. Kayla Annerino (Oak Lawn) continues to play excellent tennis at sixth singles and third doubles.

“It was a very nice team win with many very close matches. The final score does not indicate how close this match was,” said coach Bill Finn.


September 1, 2012
Cyclones stun Chaparrals
There weren’t many holes in the Cyclones’ opening season match on Aug. 31, as they stunned College of DuPage in a 9-0 win.

Paige Seldal (Queen of Peace) and Shayna Binette (Andrew) played especially well as did Nicole Selvaggio (Marist) and Sophie Baxter (Stagg).


August 24, 2012
Cyclones looking to repeat in 2012
It looks like another successful season is in store for the 2012 Cyclones women’s tennis team, especially with the top three players—including region and conference player of the year Nicole Selvaggio (Marist)—returning to hit the courts.

Last season, the Cyclones finished second in the Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference and at the NJCAA Region IV tournament which qualified the team for the NJCAA Finals. With that national competition under their belts, returners Selvaggio, All-Conference player Sophie Baxter (Stagg) and All-Region player Shayna Binette (Andrew), have the experience to lead this year’s squad to a similar fate.

One newcomer who nearly matches the talent of Selvaggio is Queen of Peace grad Paige Seldal, a player to watch this season. Raquel Bowen-Grant (Stagg) will be in the lineup along with transfer Kayla Annerino (Oak Lawn/Illinois State). Walk-on players and Andrew alum Alexandra Armon and Ann Pendergast also will be vying for some time on the court.

“We’re going to be very good based on the three we have back this year. I think we have pretty good odds of going to nationals again, either individually or as a team. We’ll probably have similar results in conference as last year, but you never know,” said coach Bill Finn. “We also have new tennis courts this year, which makes a difference in practice and matches.”


June 19, 2012
Women's tennis looking for some athletes
Interested in feeding that competitive fire this fall or do you want a chance to play at a national tournament? Then head to tryouts for the women's tennis team on Thursday, August 16, at 2 p.m. on the tennis courts newly relocated to the southwest side of campus next to the baseball diamond. For more information, contact head coach Bill Finn at (708) 974-5213 or finn@morainevalley.edu.