Bradford, Pa -- The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford Women's Tennis team wrapped up their 2019 regular season with a 6-3 win against Penn State Altoona on Saturday Afternoon.
In a crucial match that will be used to determine seeding in the upcoming AMCC Championship Tournament, The Panthers were able to pick up an early advantage by winning 2 of 3 doubles matches. Elanie Roberts and Abbie Buerkle picked up a crucial win in the top pairing. They defeated the #1 team from Penn State Altoona by a score of 8 sets to 4. The #3 doubles pairing of Jessica Jordan and Caroline Hance continued their winning ways in their match. They picked up their 6th consecutive victory by a score of 8-4.
In singles play, the Panthers were able to win 4 of the 6 matches to secure the victory over the Lions. Elanie Roberts won the match of the day as she was able to outlast her opponent at #2 singles in the tiebreak. Roberts won the first set 6-4 but lost the second 2-6. She was able to respond, however, winning the deciding set by a score of 10-5. Abbie Buerkle picked up a dominant 6-1, 6-2 win at #3. Jessica Jordan and Caroline Hance continued their strong play in the lower pairings, winning both of their matches in straight sets to finish the match.
Before the match began Pitt- Bradford recognized their two graduating seniors, Rebecca Jordan and Aaliyah Smith. Both seniors have been active 4-year members of the team, who competed within multiple different positions in their tenure. This year Jordan played at or near the top of the scoresheet, competing against the best competition from the opposing team. Smith has held steady for the Panthers at the #4 position and in the #2 doubles pairing, picking up 5 victories this year.
Pitt-Bradford finishes their regular season on a four-match winning streak, pushing their overall record to 5-5 and their AMCC record to 4-4. They currently hold the 5th position in the AMCC. The Panthers will keep a close eye on the two AMCC matches to be played tomorrow, as their results could have an effect on the final seeding heading into the tournament.