RED LION — Kamdyn Balko and Kasi Conjack were pushed to the limit every time they stepped on the tennis courts at Red Lion High School on Tuesday, Oct. 10.
The New Oxford teammates were forced to play three, three-set matches in an eight-hour period.
Day turned into night, as Balko and Conjack persevered and achieved their goal by winning the York-Adams Girls' Class 3-A doubles tennis championship.
The Colonials' duo, seeded second, secured the gold medals by besting the top-seeded team, Dallastown's Meghan Salaga and Morgan Kistler, 6-4, 0-6, 6-1.
The title was the second in two years for Balko who teamed with Dagney Markle last year to capture the crown.
"Coming into the season, it was a little nerve racking knowing that I had a new partner," Balko said. "I went from being the player being mentored to the mentor."
The transition went smoothly. Balko and Conjack performed like a team that had been together for years.
"We really supported each other and were good with communication," said Conjack, the sophomore part of the sophomore-junior duo. "This (winning the title) was always in the back of our minds, but we never knew how close we would get. This is pretty amazing."
Balko and Conjack refused to be denied even after being blanked in the second set of the championship match,.
"We had a game plan, and they did it," Colonials' head coach Travis Martin said. "We're a great three-set team. Kasi played the match of her life (against Dallastown) the same way that Kamdyn did last year with Dagney."
The New Oxford pair began the day coming from behind to best Dover's Alex DiGiovanni and Madisyn Weaver, 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. They then bested South Western's Michaela Sentz and Emma Hynson, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3. to earn a place in the final.
Balko and Conjack showed the ability to rally from the baseline, win points on their serves and put away volleys at the net.
"It's super exciting (winning the title)," Balko said. "I was glad I was able to help Dagney get the championship and I'm glad I was able to get Kasi the win."
Susquehannock's Julianna Cassady and Molly Hogan won the third-place match with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over South Western's Sentz and Hynson.
Class 2-A: In the Class 2-A action at South Western, Delone Catholic's Ellie Neudecker and Becca Dolce, the top-seeded team, beat their teammates, Maria Waminal and Sarah Blickenstaff, in the finals, 6-1, 6-0. Waminal and Blickenstaff came in seeded No. 5.
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