Their opponent Southern Lehigh served for the PIAA 3A title on 3 separate occasions in the fifth set.
But the Palmyra Cougars (25-0) held on to their undefeated season ways to win the finals 20-25, 25-21, 25-21, 19-25, 19-17.
This is their first PIAA girls volleyball championship.
Senior Taylor McInerney led the way for Palmyra with 25 kills, three blocks and three aces. Junior Allie Stovall added 17 kills.
“This was the first time we’ve ever got to this point and we weren’t sure when we would get back,” McInerney said. “We didn’t want to disappoint Palmyra. We had so many fans counting on us and it was absolutely an amazing experience. Today was absolutely amazing.”
In that final set, Palmyra jumped out to a 12-6 lead, four points of which came from Stovall, before the Spartans mounted an amazing comeback, anchored by the only six-point run of the match.
The sides traded points until Courtney Kylish’s ace put Southern Lehigh in front 14-13 with a chance to close it out the first of three times. Fortunately for the Cougars, Stovall, Alicia Nissley and McInerney kills staved off elimination.
McInerney gave Palmyra match point at 17-16, but Mackenzie Feight answered for the Spartans with one of her game-high 27 kills.