DALLASTOWN -- The final point of the No. 1 doubles match in Tuesday's South Western-Dallastown tennis showdown was an extra special one for Mustangs' coach Kristen Meyer.
Not only did the point clinch the victory for South Western, but Meyer's sons, Mack and Quin, comprised the winning team.
The Mustangs edged Dallastown, 4-3, in a battle of previously unbeaten York-Adams Division I teams.
"It was nice to see them do that," Meyer said. "They helped each other. At one point Quin was down, at one point Mack was down, and they built each other up. Even when I went to lay into them after the second set, Quin was pumping Mack up."
The Meyers, after winning the first set, 6-4, lost the second set, 6-2. They regrouped and won the third set, 6-1, capturing the final five games, to give the Mustangs the fourth-and-deciding point.
Quin Meyer, a sophomore, also came up with a clutch performance at No. 3 singles, when he rallied for a 4-6, 6-0, 6-4 victory. Meyer trailed, 4-3, in the third set before winning the last three games.
"He (Quin) is a fighter," Kristen Meyer. "All of our kids are when they walk out on to the court."
Quin Meyer, Brandon Stremmel and Noah Staub earned singles points for the Mustangs, giving them a 3-2 lead heading into doubles.
"I wanted three (singles victories)," Kristen Meyer said. "I felt like our doubles were pretty solid, but I knew he (Dallastown coach Mark Koons) had pretty solid players, too. It always feels good when you go in (to doubles) with a little bit of a lead."
Koons was hoping that the Wildcats would have a 3-2 edge entering doubles, so he could put his No. 1 and No. 2 players, Adam Gante and Andy Murray, together, to go after the deciding point. Instead, the Wildcats' coach was forced to split his doubles teams.
"South Western deserves a lot of credit, but our kids fought, and I'm proud of them," Koons said. "We had our shots, but South Western was just a little better than us today."
Gante and Murray gained singles victories for the Wildcats, and Murray teamed with Mike Klahold to win the No. 2 doubles match.
For the second time in three years, the rivals required more than four hours to complete their match. The last match of the day, No. 2 doubles, finished under the lights.
"When I saw them warming up, I knew they had great strokes, and I knew this was going to be a long day," Meyer said. "It was a great match to watch. I feel like I should have paid admission."
The victory allowed South Western to clinch at least a tie for division title. The Mustangs can win the crown outright by capturing their final match.
"We still have one more league match with New Oxford, but it feels good (being in position to gain a second straight outright title), especially when you play teams like Dallastown," Meyer said. "I've always respected Mark's teams. They've always been classy and very solid."
OTHER BOYS' TENNIS
SUSQUEHANNOCK 5, YORK CATHOLIC 2: At Glen Rock, the Warriors improved to 10-4 overall and 6-1 in York-Adams Division II. York Catholic fell to 6-4 and 4-3. Kaltrin Bullaj and Zach Hanson won at No. 1 and No. 2 singles, respectively, and also teamed to win No. 1 doubles to lead the Warriors. Dan Ferraro and Shane Bookhultz won at No. 4 and No. 5 singles for Susquehannock. Adam Hack won No. 3 singles for the Irish and teamed with Matthew Koury to take No. 2 doubles.
CENTRAL YORK 7, NEW OXFORD 0: At Central, the Panthers improved to 8-1 overall and 5-1 in York-Adams Division I. Ryan Keffer, Conor Nixdorf, Hunter Brown and Rajeev Dalal each won in singles and doubles to pace Central. Josh Strickler had Central's other singles win. New Oxford fell to 11-3 and 4-3.
RED LION 7, WEST YORK 0: At West York, Grant Williams, Dustin Innerst, Evan Newcomer and Billy Fix earned straight-set singles victories and also each had a hand in a doubles triumph to lead the Bulldogs. Sam Innerst had Red Lion's other singles win.
DOVER 6, YORK HIGH 1: At Small Athletic Field, Levi Peter and Nate Williams highlighted Dover's performance with 6-0, 6-0 victories at No. 1 and No. 2 singles. Cameron Miller and Brent Schreiber also won singles matches for the Eagles, and Tanvir Hossan earned York High's point with a victory at No. 5 singles.
-- Reach Dick VanOlinda at dvanolinda@yorkdis patch.com.