DALLASTOWN — There probably won't be many more nights like the one the Red Lion girls' volleyball team experienced Tuesday in the York-Adams League semifinals and finals.
If there are, however, the Division I co-champion Lions are hoping that the ending remains the same.
After grinding out a five-game victory over Division II champ West York in the semifinals, Red Lion was put to the test by another Division II club in York Suburban.
The Trojans rallied back from a two-game deficit to force a fourth game. But the Lions refused to allow Suburban to extend the contest one more game.
Trailing 18-12 in Game 4, Red Lion staved off a couple of game points before standout Lindsey Blevins capped off a dramatic triumph with her 29th kill of the match, helping the Lions earn a 25-17, 36-34, 26-28, 27-25 victory.
"Going to five sets and then coming in here and going to four ... we just had to dig deep," Blevins said. "We knew what our goal was and our goal was to get that banner."
Red Lion's victory ended a 10-year drought for the program, which last won the league title back in 2006. It definitely was not easy. After surviving a back-and-forth battle with West York in the semifinals, the Lions had to regroup quickly to face a Suburban team that swept Central York in the other semifinal, 25-23, 25-23, 25-23.
"A long night," Red Lion coach Heather Schoemaker said. "But this is what hard work gets you. As a team, they were focused and they worked through adversity. And I'm really proud of them."
As tiring as it was for the Lions, Blevins and company were focused on ending the contest before it had a chance to go into a pivotal Game 5.
"We go to five sets a lot, so we were prepared for that," Blevins said. "But we knew that we had to come out on top (in Game 4) because we really didn't want to go to a fifth set."
Blevins almost single-handedly willed her team to capture the biggest points of the night. The two schools combined for a total of 12 game points in the marathon Game 2 before Blevins finished it off with an ace.
The Red Lion senior almost did it again in Game 3. Trailing 24-21, Blevins came up with big kills or digs to help her team rally back to even the score at 24-24.
She was just as impressive in Game 4, especially when it looked like Suburban was about to send it to a fifth game. After getting over the hump and taking a 25-24 lead, of course it was Blevins who smashed down the championship-winning point.
"I can't even process this right now," Blevins said. "I'm just so happy right now. It's an indescribable feeling."
Ali Reinecker led the Trojans with 19 kills against Red Lion, while Miranda Kauffman finished with 16 kills. Setter Georgia DuMars dished out 42 assists, while libero Erin McBride paced the defense with 29 digs.
Lauren Enfield led the Red Lion defense with 16 digs to go along with 10 kills. Setter Madelyn Grim tallied 48 assists to go with 10 digs.
York High 3, York Tech 1: At Spry, the Bearcats won,16-25, 25-19, 25-19, 25-11. Wilmarie Ortiz led the visitors with four kills and seven digs. Also for York High, Jae Fitch had seven digs and four blocks, Keishla Ortiz had six digs and Jamayya Murphy had five kills. For the Spartans, Brooke Glass had 16 assists, seven kills and 10 digs, MaryBeth Diaz had 12 kills and three digs and Kayli Shoff had 15 assists, 10 digs and four kills. York High won the JV match, 2-0.
Reach Ryan Vandersloot at firstname.lastname@example.org.