Saturday, December 31, 2011

Roseville's Riffice gains semis in Winter Nationals

   Sam Riffice of Roseville, a suburb of Sacramento, on Friday reached the boys 12 singles and doubles semifinals of the USTA Winter Nationals in Tucson, Ariz.
   Riffice, seeded third in singles, defeated seventh-seeded Alexander Rushin of Rancho Santa Fe 6-2, 6-4. Riffice and Noah Schachter of Steilacoom, Wash., seeded first in doubles, beat eighth-seeded Roscoe Bellamy of Pacific Palisades and Keenan Mayo of Roseville 3-6, 6-3, 10-3.
   Seventh-seeded Paul Barretto of Bel Tiburon and Conrad Russell of Los Altos Hills advanced to the doubles semis in the other half of the draw.
   No. 22 seed Catherine Bellis, a resident of Atherton playing up in the girls 14s, lost to 11th-seeded Raquel Pedraza of Claremont 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
   All Northern Californians have been eliminated in boys and girls 18 and 16 singles and doubles in Scotttsdale, Ariz. 

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