Sure, it got closer, but for the 20th consecutive year, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team claimed the Section III Class A championship.
The Hornets earned its 313th consecutive win in Wednesday's Class A final at the Mott Tennis Center in Utica, holding off Baldwinsville 4-3, the same margin by which it got past the Bees back on Sept. 7.
As that was going on, Jamesville-DeWitt earned the Class B team title, capping its own undefeated season with a 5-2 victory over another undefeated side, Oneida.
When F-M and B'ville first played, it had come down to a first singles match where the Hornets' Sienna Susko was down two match points to the Bees' Kahlei Reisinger, but came back to prevail in a third-set tie-breaker. Then Susko beat Reisinger again in the Division I singles semifinals on Oct. 8, also in three sets.
But they didn't have a third encounter. Instead, Susko teamed with Alexandra Millimaci in first doubles, and the pair defated Taylor Ferrari and Natalie Kot 6-4, 6-0, a crucial point in the early going.
F-M, in fact, would go 3-1 in doubles. Laurin Goldberg, teaming with Jessie Guarino, routed Madeline Fiello and Katherine Schumacher 6-0, 6-1. Lyndsey Rand and Katie Roche took a bit longer, but also prevailed, claiming a 7-5, 6-2 decision over Emma Funicello and Hannah Mautz.
With that, the Hornets only needed one point in singles, and got it from Shirley Zhang, who beat Taylor Slink 6-4, 6-0, which made up for Meaghan Creamer falling to Reisinger 6-0, 6-0, with Allison Donella losing to Amari Pollard 6-4, 6-2. Maggie Bonomo and Madison Jordan fell to Lauren Dusse and Maggie Quilter 6-2, 6-1.
J-D was trying to topple an Oneida team that was 22-0, carrying a perfect mark through the Tri-Valley League and two tournament rounds. The Red Rams, with its own 12-0 mark, also made changes to its lineup, which proved quite effective against the Indians.