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F-M tops Auburn, wins Class A tennis title

J-D stopped by Oneida in Class B unbeaten clash

Two long, productive decades have passed since anyone has beaten the Fayetteville-Manlius girls tennis team - and the reign just got extended for another year.

The Hornets made it 328 consecutive match victories when it turned back Auburn 6-1 in Friday's Section III Class A tournament final at Utica Parkway Courts, sweeping all three singles matches and going 3-1 on the doubles side.

As that went on, Jamesville-DeWitt saw its run as sectional Class B team champions come to an end, along with the chance of its own undefeated season, when it fell to Oneida 5-2 in the title match, also at Utica Parkway.

In many ways, the pivotal moment of the Class A tournament took place two days earlier, in the semifinals, when Auburn, the no. 3 seed, knocked off no. 2 seed Baldwinsville 4-3, avenging a 5-2 regular-season defeat to the Bees.

F-M, meanwhile, had swept Christian Brothers Academy 7-0 in the other semifinal, and took its 329-match win streak into the championship round confident it could handle a Maroons side it beat 5-2 and 6-1 in a pair of regular-season duels.

None of the singles matches proved suspenseful. Sienna Susko roared past Jenna Jarman 6-1, 6-2, while Shirley Zhang recorded a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Celia Mattie. Kristina Liu proved quickest of all, shutting out Auburn's Grace Bachman 6-0, 6-0.

Moving to the doubles side, two of the matches went to three sets, with Maggie Bonomo and Laurin Goldberg dropping a 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 decision to Jessica Bolak and Julia Wagner.

But Madison Jordan and Alexandra Millimaci countered with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 comeback win over Natalie Herlihy and Kaitlin Hlywa, whose own rally to beat B'ville's Hannah Mautz and Katherine Schumacher in the semifinals provided the Maroons with the winning point in the semifinals.

Needing just two sets, Shannon Fullam and Abby Welker worked past Anna Spin and Sarah Wansor 7-5, 6-3, with Katerina Atallah and Mary Trop rolling to a 6-2, 6-1 sweep over Amanda Dixon and Anupama Irri in fourth doubles.

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