Only an outbreak of bad weather kept the Fayetteville-Manlius boys tennis team from extending its long win streak in the waning days of April.
Once May hit, though, it was time to work again. And no work proved harder than a match against Christian Brothers Academy where the Hornets needed a point in doubles to beat the Brothers 4-3 and extend the streak to 207 straight matches.
CBA put its singles stars - Matt Nardella, Colin Nardella and Alex Ojugbeli - into three different doubles matches. Every time, it led to victories.
Matt Nardella teamed with Barnes Werner to beat Dan and James Miron 6-3, 6-3. Colin Nardella worked with Drew Darrenbacker to get a 6-4, 6-4 win over Alex McCarthy and Brooks Nagle, while Ojugbeli joined Greg Maziuk, the pair beating Kunal Sangani and Scott Trobert 6-3, 7-5.
This left one other doubles match. F-M got the clinching point when Ryan Izant and Chris Lansing battled their way past Jack Alexander and Dan Mantooth 6-3, 7-5.
The Hornets benefited, too, from seeing CBA's singles stars in doubles. Wilbert Geng, Mike Mintskovsky and Josh Druger did not lose a game in any of their matches, each of them winning 6-0, 6-0 over, respectively, Alexei Lopoo, Ryan Croucher and Frank Barletta.
F-M’s 206th consecutive win also had meaning, as on Thursday it knocked off previously unbeaten West Genesee 6-1.
It commenced with Geng blanking Sam Farchione 6-0, 6-0 in second singles. Kenny Friedman handled Billy Viau 6-2, 6-1, while Mintskovsky had a 6-1, 6-0 rout over Anthony Stracqualursi.
In doubles, it proved tougher. McCarthy and Nick Guarino got past Alex Fox and Connor Smith 6-3, 6-3, but Dan and James Miron lost in straight sets to Brent and Garrett Boleslav 6-2, 6-0, and the other matches went to three sets.
Each time, F-M would stage a comeback. Druger and Chris Lansing were down a set and faced a second-set tie-breaker, but rallied past Erik Breault and Tanner McGuire 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-3. Though not in that much danger, Sangani and Trobert had to make their own rally to get a 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 win over Tyler Arnold and Shane Heyn.