semifinals, 6-3, 6-4, Snyder squared off against Calabasas sophomore
Gary Sacks in the finals.
Sacks, relatively unknown heading into the CIF championships,
continued his breakthrough season with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Snyder
in the title match.
"Maybe I left some of [my game in the semifinal match]. I didn't
have the magic in this [final] match," said the University of
Texas-bound Snyder, whose prep career includes one more match -- the
CIF Division I team championship against Santa Barbara on Wednesday
at the Claremont Club, where the Sea Kings will try to win their
third section title in five years.
"It's been a great individual career, I guess. I'm looking forward
to Wednesday's team championship match, and hopefully we'll bring
home the bacon," added Snyder, who won Southern Section doubles
titles the last two seasons.
Snyder, the No. 4 seed, eliminated Stanley Sarapanich from
Crescenta Valley, 6-4, 6-4, in the Round of 16, then swept
Brentwood's Eric McKean, 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the quarterfinals.
Snyder, who lost to Das in a third-set tiebreaker at the Ojai
Valley Tennis Tournament, upset the top seed in the semifinals in
"It was a great semifinal," CdM Coach Tim Mang said. "Garrett was
really into it. It was a fantastic win for him."
In the championship match, Sacks used a powerful forehand to
dominate matters early, while Snyder was still trying to adjust to
his new opponent. "That's another thing. I didn't know what to
expect, because I had never played [Sacks] before," Snyder said.
"Garrett didn't have time to figure out a game plan," Mang said.
Earlier this year, Sacks, 16, won the boys 18s national title at
the Muterspaw championships in Las Vegas, qualified for a pro
challenger tournament and finished third at the Easter Bowl in the
"My goal at the beginning of the year was to win CIF," Sacks said.
"I knew it was a tournament I'd like to win, but as a sophomore you
can't really expect that. There are a lot of good players who are in
Snyder, who was proud of his semifinal win, broke Sacks' serve for
the first time at 2-5 in the second set, coming to the net on an
overhead smash for a 40-30 edge, then winning on Sacks' long volley.
Sacks, however, broke Snyder in the next game, which included an
exchange of drop shots, to secure the championship.