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

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - FRONT PAGE - Free­man staff

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.

TANIA BARRICKLO — DAILY FREE­MAN FILE

Vyda VanDen­burg capped a 12-0 sea­son at fourth sin­gles and now has a 25-match win streak.

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