Marl­boro duo wins third straight MHAL crown

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - Free­man staff

Marl­boro’s Grace and Emily Mes­sen­ger three-re­peated as MHAL ten­nis cham­pi­ons. The sis­ters had to rally to win in a three-set cham­pi­onship fi­nal to de­feat Spack­enkill’s Sarah McCall and Cyn­thia Ma.

Marl­boro High’s Grace and Emily Mes­sen­ger three-re­peated as Mid-Hud­son Ath­letic League ten­nis cham­pi­ons.

The sis­ters had to rally to win in a three-set cham­pi­onship fi­nal to de­feat Spack­enkill’s Sarah McCall and Cyn­thia Ma. The Spar­tan duo won the first set 7-6 on a 7-4 tiebreak, but the Mes­sen­gers bat­tled back to win the next two sets 6-4, 6-2.

It was the same sit­u­a­tion in the semi­fi­nals with the Mes­sen­gers ral­ly­ing to beat Roo­sevelt’s Ka­t­rina Ack­er­man and Ashley Dolan 3-6, 6-2, 6-0.

McCall and Ma ad­vanced to the fi­nals with a 6-4, 7-6 (4) tri­umph over Spack­enkill team­mates Leona Lau and Emily Ma.

Rachel Li con­tin­ued Spack­enkill’s reign in sin­gles with a 7-6 (4), 6-3 tri­umph over Wal­lkill’s Emily Sav­age for the cham­pi­onship. The Spar­tans’ Sophia He won the title last year.

Li downed Me­hal Mi­tra 6-2, 6-1 in the semi­fi­nals, while Sav­age de­feated New Paltz’s Natalie Meyer 6-4, 6-2.

Ev­ery­one who made the quar­ter­fi­nals in sin­gles and dou­bles qual­i­fied for the Sec­tion 9 tour­na­ment, which be­gins Thurs­day at Goshen’s Match Point Ten­nis Complex.

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