Moraine Valley Community College's women's tennis team won matches at the NJCAA National Tournament for the first time. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 21, 2014 6:21AM
Having not played an organized match since the NJCAA Region IV Tournament on Oct. 12, the Moraine Valley Community College women’s tennis team practiced hard for a challenging matchup at the NJCAA National Tournament in May in Tyler, Texas. In the Cyclones’ 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.
That 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, but ended in a loss.
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.
Maka maintained her focus and dominated in a win over Oxford College. She eventually lost in the quarterfinals, fighting all the way.
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 semifinal consolation match, Armon faced a tough player from Snead State (Alabama), suffering a heartbreaking loss.
At fifth singles, Lindsey Walker (Andrew) nearly won her main draw match.