Written by Maura Vizza
Worth the wait — Cyclones shine at nationals
It was a long time since the Moraine Valley Community College’s women’s tennis team played an organized match, 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, last week in Tyler, Texas. In Moraine Valley’s sixth trip to the nationals, the players had enough grit to earn some big wins, a first for the college.
Tricia Poremba at sixth singles provided the highlight. For the first time, 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.