In both league and tournament settings this winter, the Marcellus girls volleyball team had run into Cazenovia -- sometimes prevailing, other times getting beat.
And the Mustangs and Lakers would have one more gathering Saturday at Jamesville-DeWitt with the Section III Class B-1 championship on the line -- just as it was in 2006, when Cazenovia, in that same gym, claimed a five-game epic over Marcellus.
This match would have a different ending, though.
From the middle of the opening game, the Mustangs were in complete control, exploiting every possible Cazenovia error and producing a three-game sweep for its eighth sectional title in the last nine years.
Senior hitter Lauren Fletcher, who started in that '06 final, said it was sweet to knock off Cazenovia this time around.
"We always get pumped up for Cazenovia," she said. "We just came out on top of our game (today) and played well."
Hoping to repeat its magic from two years ago, the Lakers came to the J-D gym backed by a loud rooting section decked out in gold "ULTIMATE" T-shirts that got even happier when Cazenovia seized leads of 7-3 and 9-6 in the opening game.
Once Marcellus got comfortable, though, it took charge in a more complete way than it did in two regular-season matches, both of which went to four games before the Mustangs prevailed.
It all started with the serves. Big hits by Fletcher and Becca Eddy (who finished with six aces) helped Marcellus go in front, and a 7-1 run to close the game produced a comfortable 25-15 winning margin.
Fletcher went to her customary spot on the front line early in the second game. Her power, combined with more great serves from Rachel Eddy, helped the Mustangs reel off eight unanswered points to take over and go up, 10-3, on its way to a 25-17 decision that made it 2-0 in games.