Marl­boro’s sis­ters cap­ture dou­bles ti­tle

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

Marl­boro High’s Emma and Grace Mes­sen­ger cap­tured the dou­bles cham­pi­onship at the Sec­tion 9 girls ten­nis tour­na­ment be­com­ing the firstever Dukes dou­bles tan­dem to win a sec­tional ti­tle.

Marl­boro High’s Emma and Grace Mes­sen­ger cap­tured the dou­bles cham­pi­onship at the Sec­tion 9 girls ten­nis tour­na­ment be­com­ing the firstever Dukes dou­bles tan­dem to win a sec­tional ti­tle.

The reign­ing three­time Mid-Hud­son Ath­letic League cham­pi­ons won twice on the sec­ond day of the two-day event to reach the New York State Pub­lic High School Ath­letic As­so­ci­a­tion tour­na­ment for the sec­ond time in three years. The state tour­na­ment is sched­uled for Oct. 29-31 at Sound Shore In­door Ten­nis on Long Is­land.

The sis­ters, who were sec­tional run­ners-up in 2014 be­fore los­ing in last year’s quar­ter­fi­nals, de­feated War­wick’s Ava Ghoba­dian and Jackie Grund­fast, 6-3, 6-2 in the fi­nal after sweep­ing Goshen’s Re­becca An­drews and Kelsey Reivers, 6-1, 6-0 in the semi­fi­nals.

The Mes­sen­gers are the first MHAL dou­bles champs to win the sec­tional ti­tle in more than 30 years.

They reached the dou­bles semi­fi­nals with a cou­ple of early-round vic­to­ries.

The Mes­sen­gers posted 6-2, 6-0 wins over Red Hook’s Julie Bemis and Dasha Latvis and Corn­wall’s Ma­rina Blu­men­schein and Meg Niel­son to reach the semis.

In other early-round play, Spack­enkill’s Sarah McCall and Cyn­thia Ma also made the quar­ter­fi­nals, but lost as Is­abelle Go­ings-Per­rot and Rid­dhi Pa­tel of New­burgh ral­lied for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-2 win.

Two first-round losers were MHAL cham­pion Emily Sav­age of Wal­lkill and Kingston sev­enth-grader Lila Shih Free­man.

Sav­age fell 6-4, 6-2 to Corn­wall’s Shi­rali Pa­tel, while Free­man lost 6-1, 6-2 to sec­ond-seeded Sera Satkowski of Val­ley Cen­tral.

Sauger­ties’ Me­hal Mi­tra, Natalie Meyer of New Paltz and Spack­enkill’s Rachel Li all won in the first round.

Mi­tra had to bat­tle back to squeeze out a 5-7,. 6-4, 7-5 tri­umph over Hanna Scali of James I. O’Neill. Mi­tra was blanked 6-0, 6-0 by de­fend­ing Sec­tion 9 cham­pion Jane Bock­man of Goshen in the quar­ter­fi­nals. Li lost to Val­ley Cen­tral’s Kort­ney McHale, while Meyer was downed by Satkowski. SIN­GLES First Round Quar­ter­fi­nals Semi­fi­nals Con­so­la­tion Quar­ter­fi­nals

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