What had gone so well for the Skaneateles girls volleyball team for three months, all the way to the state Class B championship match, only went wrong in the final chapter.
The Lakers, in Sunday's final at Glens Falls Civic Center, got overwhelmed by Long Island power John Glenn, falling in three sets to end a remarkable and historic season.
It all had started when Skaneateles successfully petitioned to move up from Class C to B for the 2012 campaign, mainly to avoid having to go through Section VI power Eden - who, indeed, would go on to claim its 10th state title in Glens Falls at the end.
A 14-1 regular season followed, the only blemish coming in an October defeat to Marcellus. But the Lakers avenged that loss in four sets to claim the Section III Class B title Nov. 6 at Jamesville-DeWitt (its fourth consecutive sectional title), and returned to that same gym to knock out Olean in the regional round four days later.
That led to the Lakers' first-ever trip to Glens Falls for the state final four. It's a two-day tournament where each of the teams face each other in two sets of round-robin play, six sets overall. The two best records advance to the finals.
Skaneateles first met Pelham (Section I), dropping the first two points but dominating the rest of the set to prevail by a 25-15 margin. Then, trailing 23-20 in the second set, the Lakers pulled off five consecutive points and pulled out a 25-23 win for the sweep of Pelham.
Johnstown, from Section II, was up next, and the Lakers would sweep them, too, by scores of 25-22 and 25-19, which led to the first encounter with John Glenn, a Section XI school from Suffolk County.
Assured of a berth in the state final due to its 4-0 mark, Skaneateles made it five in a row with an impressive 25-16 victory. Perhaps due to that, the Lakers relaxed in the second set, which Glenn claimed 25-22, but both teams advanced.