Kingston comes up short in Sec­tion 9 ti­tle match

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

Kingston falls short in its bid to win its first Sec­tion 9 volleyball ti­tle in 17 years with a 5-set loss to Min­isink.

Kingston High came oh so close in try­ing to win its first Sec­tion 9 volleyball ti­tle in 17 years.

Ron­d­out Val­ley, mean­while, came equally as close in try­ing to de­fend its crown.

The Tigers came up short, los­ing to Min­isink Val­ley, 25-17, 25-27, 2512, 23-25, 25-22 in Sunday’s Class AA fi­nal at Mount Saint Mary Col­lege. Fol­low­ing Kingston’s marathon match, the Gan­ders took the court in the Class B fi­nal, where it fell to Spack­enkill in a marathon of their own, 17-25, 28-26, 22-25, 2516, 25-13. Min­isink 3, Kingston 2

The (13-6) Tigers, who came into the show­down on a roll, rid­ing a 10-match win­ning streak.

They reached the cham­pi­onship match by knock­ing off two-time de­fend­ing cham­pion Pine Bush, 2519, 25-16, 25-22 in Thurs­day’s semi­fi­nals. Kingston’s last ti­tle came in 1999 when it played in Class A.

The War­riors, who ad­vanced to Tues­day’s 3 p.m. re­gional round

against Ossin­ing at SUNY Ul­ster, last won a sec­tional ti­tle when they played in Class B in 2000. Spack­enkill 3, Ron­d­out 2

In a re­match of last month’s Mid-Hud­son Ath­letic League fi­nal, also won by the Spar­tans, the Gan­ders fell short after tak­ing a 2-sets-to-1 lead.

Ron­d­out, the top seed in the match, ad­vanced to Sunday’s ti­tle match after sur­viv­ing No. 4 Red Hook, 25-16, 22-25, 26-28, 25-12, 25-14 in Fri­day’s semi­fi­nal.

The Spar­tans, seeded sixth, up­ended No. 2 John S. Burke Catholic, 25-14, 2517, 25-20 in Fri­day’s other semi­fi­nal. Spack­enkill ad­vances to re­gion­als where it will play Westlake 3 p.m. Wed­nes­day at SUNY Ul­ster.

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