Sunday, May 23, 2021

NorCal product Riffice rallies to win in NCAA singles

   No. 6 seed Sam Riffice, a Sacramento-area product playing one day after helping Florida win its first NCAA team title, defeated Nathan Ponwith of Arizona State 1-6, 7-5, 6-2 today in the first round of the singles competition at the USTA National Campus in Orlando, Fla. 
   Riffice, an NCAA quarterfinalist as a freshman in 2019 (last year's tournament was canceled because of the pandemic), is scheduled to play Andres Martin of Georgia Tech on Monday. Martin topped Edson Ortiz of Alabama 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6), 6-1. 
   Jacob Wojcik of South Florida eliminated Georgia Tech's Marcus McDaniel, a redshirt freshman from Vacaville in Northern California, 6-3, 6-2.
   In the opening round of women's singles:
   —Wake Forest's Anna Campana, a sophomore from Hillsborough in the San Francisco Bay Area, dominated Taylor Bridges of LSU 6-0, 6-3. Campana is set to meet Bunyawi Thamchaiwat of Oklahoma State on Monday. Thamchaiwat outlasted No. 9-16 seed Viktoriya Kanapatskaya of Syracuse 3-6, 6-3, 7-5.
   —Yulia Starodubsteva of Old Dominion defeated No. 9-16 seed Carolyn Campana, a Wake Forest junior and Anna's sister, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.
   —No. 3 seed Emma Navarro of Virginia beat Haley Giavara, a sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
   —No. 9-16 seed Katarina Kozarov of Furman routed Stanford's Michaela Gordon, a senior from Saratoga in the Bay Area, 6-0, 6-2.
   The doubles competition — featuring Riffice, McDaniel, Gordon and teammate Niluka Madurawe of Sunnyvale in the Bay Area, Giavara and teammate Valentina Ivanov, and Carolyn Campana — begins Monday.

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