GLEN ROCK -- Michaela Taylor and Amanda Craver are a dominating team within a championship team at Spring Grove.
Taylor and Craver make up a doubles duo which hasn't lost a single match the past two seasons.
The two won the biggest match of their careers on Tuesday by combining for a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Susquehannock's Usha Baublitz and Hannah Brown. The triumph enabled the Rockets to edge the Warriors, 4-3, and earn the school's first York-Adams girls' tennis title in 26 years.
Spring Grove finished with a perfect 8-0 Division I record. Dallastown finished second at 7-1, and Susquehannock, which won the division last season, placed third at 6-2.
The Rockets' match with Susquehannock was suspended by darkness last Thursday with the score tied at 3-3.
Before play was halted, Taylor and Craver won the first set in the deciding match, but they were trailing, 2-1, in the second set.
When the players returned to the court on Tuesday, the Spring Grove seniors swept five straight games for the 6-2, 6-2 victory.
"Winning the title means everything, but we couldn't have done it without all of the lineup," Craver said. "Everyone on this team is a strong player. It doesn't matter who is No. 1 or No. 2."
Craver, Taylor and Miranda Markle secured singles points for Spring Grove.
Craver, a left-hander, and Taylor, a right-hander, captured the deciding doubles point with their strong play at net. Both were able to consistently deliver winning volleys.
Taylor's improved net game played a role this season in the Rockets' championship run.
On match point against Susquehannock, she executed a backhand volley for a winner.
"Amanda's better at the net than me, and I focused this year on getting better at the net," Taylor said. "We wanted to keep playing the other day, but it was just too dark. We prepared for this on the days we were off. But we also knew how strong a player Usha is, and we figured Hannah (Brown) was practicing hard."
Spring Grove head coach Holly Metzger said that the shot combinations by Taylor and Craver complement each other.
"They executed the game plan today and ended the games quickly," Metzger said.
Craver, Taylor and Markle are part of an all-senior singles lineup. The Rockets were 11-13 over the past three seasons before breaking through this season.
"It's special winning the title," Metzger said. "We've been growing progressively better (as a team) each year. After the Dallastown match (a 4-3 Spring Grove victory), I saw great things in the future."
Spring Grove's depth proved decisive this season.
In the final match of the season, Susquehannock won the No. 1 and No. 2 singles matches (Katie Wagner and Baublitz, respectively), but Spring Grove took the next three singles matches.
Wagner and Chelsey Simmers captured No. 1 doubles match for Susquehannock.
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