Marl­boro dou­bles team gets top seed

Mes­sen­gers will face Red Hook’s Bemis, Latvis in sec­tional tour­ney’s first round

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

Marl­boro High’s Grace and Emma Mes­sen­ger, who re­peated as Mid-Hud­son Ath­letic League dou­bles cham­pi­ons for a third year in a row last week, have been made the top seeds for Tues­day’s Sec­tion 9 girls tour­na­ment.

The Dukes’ wild-card team — Emma plays first sin­gles and Grace sec­ond sin­gles dur­ing the sea­son — reached the sec­tional fi­nals in 2014 and qual­i­fied for the state tour­ney. The sis­ters face Red Hook’s Julie Bemis and Dasha Latvis in the first round at the Match Point Tennis Com­plex in Goshen. The ac­tion be­gins at 10 a.m.

Spack­enkill’s Sarah McCall and Cyn­thia Ma, who lost to the Mes­sen­gers in the MHAL fi­nals, are the third seeds and Spar­tan team­mates Leona Lau and Emily Ma are seeded eighth. Roo­sevelt’s Ka­t­rina Ack­er­man and Ash­ley Dolan are seeded fifth.

McCall and Ma plays Marl­boro’s Michaela Kulpin­ski and Julie Trun­cali in the first round, while Ack­er­man and Dolan take

on a third Spack­enkill team: Court­ney Kowal­ski and Madi­son My­ers.

Also com­pet­ing is New Paltz’s top team of Hal­ley Mas­tro and Alexandra Ni­cholas.

Emily Sav­age, who be­came Wal­lkill’s first MHAL sin­gles cham­pion since Olga Ostro­vet­sky in 2013, is seeded third in the draw. She plays Corn­wall’s Shi­rali Pa­tel in the first round.

Spack­enkill’s Rachel Li was seeded fifth, Me­hal Mi­tra of Sauger­ties sev­enth and New Paltz’s Natalie Meyer eighth. Meyer faces On­te­ora’s Jackie Katz.

The top seed is de­fend­ing

cham­pion Jane Bock­man of Goshen. She opens against On­te­ora’s Bai­ley Kretschmer.

Kingston sev­en­th­grader Lila Shih Free­man, who qual­i­fied for sec­tion­als in her first year on the var­sity, drew No. 2 seed Sera Satkowski of Val­ley Cen­tral.

Also in the field are Brit­tany DeSan­tis of Marl­boro and High­land’s Emma DiLas­cio.

The semi­fi­nals, cham­pi­onship and con­so­la­tion matches are Wed­nes­day at Match Point.

The top three qual­ify for the New York State Public High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment from Oct. 29 through 31 at the Sound Shore In­door Tennis Com­plex in Port Ch­ester.

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