Kutztown prevails vs. East Stroudsburg to clinch PSAC tourney berth
KUTZTOWN, Pa. -- In a "win or go home" atmosphere, Kutztown prevailed on Thursday afternoon with a 5-4 victory against East Stroudsburg in a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) match at the Keystone Courts.
With the win, the Golden Bears (9-6, 4-2 PSAC East) sealed their fate and will play in next week's PSAC quarterfinals on Monday at West Chester.
Kutztown's doubles matches played significant roles in the win against the Warriors (7-6, 2-4). KU won two of the three matches to carry some momentum into the singles matches. Hannah Pipkin and Tori Zander set the tone with a 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles.
Cynthia Good and Erika Diffendall trailed 4-1 at No. 3 doubles and needed to pick up the pace quickly to avoid the loss. The duo scored seven of the next eight points to pull off the come-from-behind 8-5 win.
In singles play, Pipkin remained sharp with matching 6-0 wins at the top flight. Zander went up against Allison Bean at No. 2 singles and picked up a 6-3, 6-2 win. Kutztown's fifth victory was by Chelsea Davis. She won the first set 6-3 and was winning the second 5-1 before a retirement ended the match.
Kutztown qualified for the postseason for the third consecutive year.