Monday, April 13, 2015

Querrey, Riffice lose in finals; Altamirano streak ends

Sam Querrey, shown en route to the Sacramento Challenger title
last October, lost to Jack Sock 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) in the final of the
U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships. Photo by Paul Bauman
   From the pros to the colleges to the juniors, Northern Californians endured a rough Sunday.
   But in each case, there was a bright side.
   San Francisco native Sam Querrey lost in the final of the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championships, Sacramento's Collin Altamirano suffered his first collegiate singles loss, and Roseville's Sam Riffice fell in the boys 18 final at the Easter Bowl.
   Querrey and Riffice can take consolation in having reached the finals (Riffice also lost in Saturday's doubles final). And No. 4 Virginia, where Altamirano is a freshman, pounded No. 28 Louisville 6-1 to clinch its 12th consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title and extend its winning streak to nine matches.
   Unseeded Jack Sock defeated the eighth-seeded Querrey 7-6 (9), 7-6 (2) in Houston for his first ATP World Tour singles title. The 22-year-old Sock has four career doubles crowns, including Wimbledon last year with Vasek Pospisil of Canada.
   Sock saved three set points in the first tiebreaker against Querrey. It was the first all-American final since Mardy Fish beat John Isner in Atlanta in 2011.
   Sock was playing in only his third tournament of the year after undergoing surgery for a torn muscle in his hip in December.
   In Charlottesville, Va., eighth-ranked Sebastian Stiefelmeyer of Louisville nipped No. 72 Altamirano 3-6, 6-3 [10-5] at the No. 1 position. Altamirano, the USTA boys 18 national champion in 2013 and runner-up last year, fell to 15-1 in singles.
   Virginia has won 134 consecutive conference matches (regular season and tournaments), the longest streak in ACC history in any sport.
   In Indian Wells, top-seeded Taylor Fritz of Rancho Santa Fe in the San Diego area dismantled the 14th-seeded Riffice 6-2, 6-3.
   Fritz, the fourth-ranked junior in the world, will turn 18 on Oct. 28. Riffice, who swept the Eddie Herr and Orange Bowl 16s titles in December, celebrated his 16th birthday on March 1. 
   Fresno State def. Boise State 4-3 in Fresno. Records: Fresno State 14-9, 3-3 Mountain West Conference; Boise State 10-15, 3-3.
   UC Santa Barbara def. Pacific 4-3 in Stockton. Records: UCSB 11-8, Pacific 8-15.
    No. 3 Cal def. Washington State 7-0 and USF 4-0 in Berkeley. Records: Cal 18-3, 8-1 Pacific-12 Conference; Washington State 12-12, 0-10; USF 11-8.
   No. 13 Stanford def. No. 16 Pepperdine 6-1 at Stanford. Records: Stanford 15-4, Pepperdine 13-5.
   No. 39 Fresno State def. No. 73 San Diego State 4-1 in San Diego. Records: Fresno State 15-4, 5-0 Mountain West; San Diego State 11-10, 2-2.
   No. 56 San Jose State def. Academy of Art 6-1 in San Jose. Records: San Jose State 12-6, Academy of Art 11-4.  

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