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4A-5 tennis: Alonso's Snook gets his title at last

PALM HARBOR — It was a situation familiar to Alonso's Tyler Snook.

For the fourth straight year, the Ravens' No. 1 singles player needed just one more victory to win the individual title at the 4A-5 district tournament.

Three times he made the final. Each year, he fell maddeningly short.

As a sophomore, Snook held two match points against St. Petersburg's Shay Wali. He took Andy Wang (Sickles) to three sets in last year's final.

Finishing points with an explosive forehand, Snook, a senior, broke through Thursday, defeating St. Petersburg sophomore Edward Corty 6-2, 6-2 to earn the district championship and automatic qualification for state.

"Probably being a senior, playing it three years in a row really prepared me to play it my final year," said Snook, a Furman University signee. "It feels good."

The Alonso boys closed with 13 points and finished as district runnerup to advance to regionals. District champion St. Petersburg had 17 points, and Palm Harbor University was third with 11.

Snook and senior teammate Michael Broderick combined to beat PHU's Alex Fisch and Nathan Lord 6-0, 6-2 for the doubles title. Broderick defeated St. Petersburg's Philip Novikov 6-2, 6-3 in the No. 2 singles final.

The Ravens' Viktor Stigson fell 4-6, 6-2, 6-2 in the No. 3 singles final to St. Petersburg's Rob Perry.

Gaither came in fourth with four points. Sickles had two points and was fifth.

Top-seeded Erin Snook, Tyler's younger sister, reached the No. 1 singles final but was upset 6-3, 6-4 by St. Petersburg's Emily Dvorak.

Snook and doubles partner Racquel Hylton missed out on an opportunity to qualify for state in a 6-4, 0-6, 6-1 loss in the No. 1 doubles final.

Alonso, with seven points, came in fourth overall. St. Petersburg (17 points) won the girls team title, and Palm Harbor University (12) was runnerup.

In the No. 2 singles championship, Hylton upended St. Petersburg's Agatha Ambrozy 6-4, 6-2 to claim the county's only title.

Sickles finished fifth with three points. Gaither was blanked.

4A-5 tennis: Alonso's Snook gets his title at last 04/16/09 [Last modified: Thursday, April 16, 2009 11:45pm]
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