Riffice, 12, is runner-up in USTA winter nationals
Sam Riffice of Roseville was the runner-up in singles and doubles in the USTA National Winter Championships last weekend in Tucson, Ariz.
Riffice, who’s ranked sixth in the country in USTA boys 12, went 6-1 in singles. Seeded third in Tucson, he defeated seventh-seeded Alexander Rushin 6-2, 6-4 in the quarterfinals and No. 2 Noah Schachter 6-3, 6-1 in the semifinals before falling to top-seeded Noah Makarome 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in the final.
Riffice teamed up with Schachter to form the top-seeded doubles team. They surrendered just five games in scoring straight-set victories in their first three matches. Riffice and Schachter defeated eighth-seeded Keenan Mayo of Roseville and Roscoe Bellamy 3-6, 6-3, 1-0 (3) in the quarters and advanced to the final when their semifinal opponents withdrew because of injury.
Riffice and Schachter fell to No. 5 Ryan Seggerman and Ivan Thamma 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 in the final.
Mayo and Bellamy reached the quarterfinals with three straight-set victories.
San Jose-Notre Dame 44, Oakmont 38 — Trailing by three with under a minute to play, the Vikings gave up a three-pointer and lost in the consolation final of the Seaside Sweet 16 Holiday Tournament.
Bianca Aibuedefe was “everywhere” in the first half, according to coach Al Voigt.
“She set screens, ran the court, helped on defense (and) shut down their all-tournament player to a total of four points,” Voigt said of Aibuedefe, who had seven points and 10 rebounds.
Emilee Gavia hit two three-pointers in the fourth quarter and finished with eight points. Brittany Martin had six points, and all nine Oakmont players scored.