ONEIDA — Whitesboro's Warriors are on their way back to the finals of the Section III Class A tournament for the third straight year — only this time, they won't be playing perennial North Country powerhouse Carthage for the title.

Second-seeded Whitesboro advanced with a 3-0 victory over East Syracuse-Minoa in Wednesday night's semifinal match at Oneida High School, but the team that beat the Warriors in each of the last two Class A finals — top-seeded Carthage had a 78-match winning streak — was upset by Watertown 3-2 in the other semifinal.

So it will be Whitesboro (18-1) playing Watertown (16-3) in the Class A championship at 4 p.m. Saturday at Chittenango High School.

"Trying for a little bit of redemption would've been exciting, but we're just looking forward to being back in the finals for the third year in a row," Whitesboro head coach Kelly Lenard said. "These girls know they can do it. They want to bring that (Section III championship) banner home."

Wednesday's semifinal sweep was Whitesboro's third victory over East Syracuse-Minoa this season, and the 10th consecutive win for a team led by eight seniors, including two — middle hitter Marissa Burke and libero Natallia Dzeravenets — who are three-year starters getting a third and final shot at a Section III title.

Alex Kopcza, Jessica Blaszek, Jessica Scharbach, Santina Gerstner, Morgan Buczek and Hayley Lawter are the other seniors on Whitesboro's roster, and juniors Cameron Boehlert and Erin Herrmann were sophomore starters a year ago.

Sophomore Olivia Anderson and freshman Yanna Pavlyukovets are the other members of a Whitesboro team whose only loss was in a nonleague match against Chittenango, the top-seeded team in the Class B tournament.

Tri Valley League champion Whitesboro swept East Syracuse-Minoa 25-19, 25-22 and 25-21 on Wednesday night, and junior setter Herrmann's 33 assists raised her season total to a school-record 608.

"She's our quarterback," Lenard said.

At the net, Burke had nine kills and five blocks. Boehlert had 14 digs, 13 kills and six aces, Lawter had seven kills and six digs, Dzeravenets had 14 digs and Gerstner had five kills for the Warriors.