97° F Thursday, June 22, 2017

It was no dream even as it came past Ryan Brown’s usual bed time – her and teammate Courtney Schulte are headed back to the state championship match for a second-straight season.

The match win came after Brown’s usual bed time of about 8 p.m., but she – with some help from Schulte – mustered up the energy to take the semifinal win.

“(It helped) with her telling me to get a little bit of energy,” said Brown of her staying up until the 9 p.m. finish time of the semifinals Monday. “Actually, it’s been a while, it’s been a while. I like sleep.”

The Lady Cavaliers pairing won the Class 4A state title last year, and now get a shot at the 5A state title Tuesday after wading through two hour-plus lightning and rain delays Monday at the UIL Tennis State Championships at the Penick-Allison Tennis Center. The match for the 5A crown is 10:15 a.m. Tuesday.

Schulte and Brown battled in the early-evening match to win 6-4, 6-3 over Daniella Stillman and Caitlyn Resendiz of Harlingen South. The Lake Travis tandem is familiar with their title-match counterparts, Princess Gbadamosi and Emily Oliver of Klein, whom they’ve played three times – winning once and losing twice, including at the regional meet.

“Now it’s our turn,” Brown said.

Brown and Schulte were nervous in their first match of the day, but the rain actually calmed them down.

“We felt pretty good going out there,” Schulte said. “The last match we were really nervous, but this one we were really calm.”

During the down time, Brown and Schulte took the downtime and made something of it to ensure they didn’t get stagnant or complacent.  “We went shopping and we got outfits for tomorrow,” Schulte said.

The pairing will have a chance to sport their new tennis outfits as the lone Lake Travis representatives in Tuesday’s championship matches.

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