Kingston captures Division I crown
Tigers roll to victory in regular-season finale for ninth straight win and first divisional championship for coach Constant in 18 seasons
Kingston High closed out its girls tennis regular season in fine style Tuesday, beating Pine Bush 5-2 to win its ninth in a row and, with it, clinching the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Division I championship.
It’s the first title for the Tigers in coach Bill Constant’s 18 years at the held.
Kingston finished the year 7-1 in the division and 11-1 overall.
Lila Shih Freeman, Raquelle DeCicco and Vyda VanDenberg won their singles matches in straight sets, losing only one game apiece.
DeCicco, a senior, and VanDenberg both capped perfect 12-0 seasons. VanDenberg, a sophomore, now has a 25-match win streak after going 13-0 in 2015. Freeman, a seventh-grade newcomer, finished with an 11-1 mark.
Juliette Rhodes and Christina Demosthenes held off Sarah Spadola and Jenna Ramsey 6-4, 7-5 to win at third doubles and the second doubles team of Katherine Kuster and Kyla Rowen regouped to beat Cassie Wisher and Julia Dimino in three sets, 6-2, 5-7, 6-2, to clinch the team win.
The Tigers now turn their attention to the OCIAA tournament.
The first doubles team of Patricia Kuster and Molly Schatzel and a wildcard tandem of VanDenberg and Sally Marie Ryan will compete in today’s action at Match Point Tennis in Goshen. Freeman and DeCicco are in the singles draw on Friday.
Vyda VanDenburg capped a 12-0 season at fourth singles and now has a 25-match win streak.