Kingston comes up short in Section 9 title match
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.