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Schiek, Snelgrove headed to state

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Posted: Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:23 pm

SAN ANTONIO – Tivy's boys doubles team of Colson Schiek and Sam Snelgrove claimed the regional championship in classic, and gutsy style Thursday afternoon at the Class 5A Region IV tournament at Blossom Athletic Complex.

The dynamic duo beat a tandem from Dripping Springs 4-6, 6-2, 7-6 and will take a 48-1 season record, and 30 match winning streak into the Class 5A state tennis tournament to be held May 16-17 at the Texas A&M Mitchell Tennis Center in College Station.

Tivy tennis coach Kirk Kniffen reported that Schiek and Snelgrove dropped the first set 6-4 after losing their service game mid set to go down 4-1.

"The Dripping Springs kids were smothering the net and one break was all it took to drop first set," said Kniffen.

In the second set the Tigers' partners missed more first serves and made uncharacteristic errors after the wind picked up.

Colson and Sam broke their serve and spirits early then at 5-2 and broke again to finish the set," said Kniffen.

The third set, which was the tiebreaker, would be a true physical test.

"Unfortunately, Colson was broken after a long service game, but took it back immediately after switching ends. Colson had been battling a stomach bug since the weekend and was physically drained already," Kniffen said. "The rest of the match was neck-and-neck and there were lots of great points. Our guys were up 4-3 in that third set, when Colson starts feelng his calf tighten up He fought it off and continued to play, but definitely was not 100 percent, but Sam, however, stepped up his game, doubled his hustle level, and kept them in the match. The score went to six all and a tie breaker would decide the championship."

Schiek and Snelgove quickly went up 5-2 and Tivy only needed two more points when Schiek went down as his calf completely locked up.

"By rule, we can have only three minutes to treat before we must return to play and Colson was next to serve. We dropped the next point to make it 5-3, but then hold to keep the advantage 6-3 for triple match point," Kniffen said.

A close call forced a 6-4 score, but a double fault by Dripping Springs gave Tivy the championship and Schiek and Snelgrove will be the first boys doubles at state since 1999 when Ryan Cruthirds and Domingo Villarreal took bronze.

"On paper they are not always favored, but they always find a way to win," Kniffen said.

Earlier match

To reach the championship match, Schiek and Snelgrove had to overcome another Dripping Springs doubles opponent Thursday morning.

They dropped the first set 6-3, easily won the second 6-0, and were up 5-1 in the third before being taken to 5-3.

"Colson served for the match, and we capitalized on the opportunity and won 6-3 in the third," said Kniffen.

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