Beavers advance to the state championiship
December 3, 2013
No. 2 American River d. No. 3 Fresno City, 3-2 (25-23, 19-25, 24-26, 25-16, 15-12)
Let the record show that the Central Valley Conference champion Rams lost only two matches this season v. every team not known as Tuesday’s opponent—American River. The Big 8 Conference champion Beavers rallied from a 2-1 games deficit and beat Fresno for the third time in 2013, winning in five sets. ARC extended its winning streak to 19 in a row and ended FCC’s streak at 15 matches. It was second straight playoff that ARC went the 5-set route, including its second-round triumph over Gavilan. The Beavers are 4-0 in matches that have gone the distance, and two of those were against Fresno. “Our team plays well when it’s on the line,” said ARC coach Ashlie Hain. “They have won all their fifth sets. It’s like they like having their backs against the wall. Fresno put up a fight to go up 2-1, but our team showed resilience and confidence in that fourth set. We carried that energy into the fifth, and went ahead 8-4 at the switch. ” Middle hitter Nicole Hareland, an All-State selection, was shutout offensively over the first three sets, then hammered all 10 of her kills in the last two games. American River Leaders (26-3): Lauren Kirshke 16 kills, Erika Jones 15 kills, Nicole Solak 14 kills (.430), Hareland 10 kills; Sophi Lozano 40 digs (matches her season high). Fresno City Leaders (23-5): Ashlyn Riding 56 assists, 12 digs.
NorCal Regional Playoff Bracket
Women's Volleyball advances to round 3
November 30, 2013
No. 2 American River d. No. 10 Gavilan, 3-2 (25-21, 25-13, 23-25, 22-25, 15-10) —The Beavers avoided an upset after letting a 2-0 games lead slip away v. the Rams. Gavilan used strong defense to mount its comeback and nearly matched its playoff win from a year ago when it stole one from Taft in five after also being down 2-0 in games. ARC won its 18th straight match, and needed its All-State player Nicole Hareland to spark the team in the deciding fifth set. Hareland opened with 2 kills and 2 blocks as ARC took control. Lauren Kirshke added 3 kills in a 5-point set win and the match. “Gavilan’s defense was incredible and they served tough,” said ARC coach Ashlie Hain. “They came out fired up in game 3 and took the momentum away from us. In the fifth, we settled down, starting playing our game. We came out with some fight and more energy. It was a wakeup call for our girls. Hareland stepped up after a slow start for her.” Gavilan’s 22 victories is a new school record for one season.
American River Leaders: Erika Jones 19 kills (.314), Kirshke 16 kills, a season-high 35 digs, 3 aces; Nicole Solak 4 aces; Jessica Condit 40 assists. Gavilan Leaders: Tazi Apple 19 kills; Sabina Gerard 40 assists, 17 digs, 2 blocks; Savanna Hartman 12 kills; Karina Daniels 22 digs Round 3: American River (25-3) hosts No. 3 Fresno City (23-4), Dec. 3 Gavilan ends season at 22-8
NorCal Regional Playoff Bracket
1st Team All Conference:
Volleyball wins conference for the first time in school history
November 20, 2013
American River College women’s volleyball team won the Big 8 Conference for the first time in school history. The Beavers went undefeated 14-0 through conference play. American River College used to participate in Bay Valley League in the 1990’s when they last won a conference championship. The team is led by Big 8 MVP Nicole Hareland; 1st Team All conference selections – Lauren Kirschke, Sophi Lozano and Jessica Condit. The Beavers are currently ranked #2 in Northern California the highest ranking the program has ever had. They are also ranked #3 state wide. Their overall record is a 23-3 going into playoffs. As the second seed they will host all three playoff matches. The first playoff match is Tuesday November 26 at 7PM; if the Beavers win they will play Saturday November 30th at Home against the winner of Gavilan and Modesto College.
NorCal Regional Playoff Bracket
ARC men capture third straight state title
November, 23 2013
Woodward Park, Fresno, CA
The top ranked ARC men's team entered the meet with high hopes of attaining a third straight state title in men's cross country at Woodward Park Saturday. The gun sounded and off they went. About a hundred meters into the race there was a massive pileup and down went undefeated ARC sophomore sensation Will Reyes and sophomore Luis Luna, as well as Chris Kigar, Jacob Huston, Sean Jagerson and Patrick Jagerson. The Beavers were way behind early, with their top 6 runners all on the ground and well back. Reyes emerged from the pile with a bloody lip and injured collar bone, Luna with a sore leg and the rest no worse for wear, but well behind the field. The defending champs showed poise and slowly chipped away to get back in the race, except Reyes, who hit the gas and ran to lead the field through the first mile in 4:52, even after being on the ground. Luna and the others held back and kept chipping away. At 3 miles Reyes was still leading and Luna was up to 12th but coming on strong. As they disappeared into the trees on the last mile the race was heating up. They popped out of the trees with 600 meters to go with Steve Martinez of San Diego Mesa in the lead, Luna back 50 meters, and Reyes back another 50 meters and fading. Luna started an impressive kick and caught Martinez from behind with 150 meters to go became ARC's third straight individual champion, beating Martinez 19:58 to 20:01. Reyes, out of gas from such a hard charge to the front, faded to 4th in 20:20. Sea Jagerson was next for the Beavers in 18th at 20:51. Chris Kigar was not far behind, and was running step for step with ARC's Jacob Huston. As they approached the finish line Kigar pulled away and finished in 22nd at 20:59. Now it came down to crunch time. Orange Coast of Costa Mesa, already had their top 4 runners in. Jacob Huston of ARC was well in front of the OCC #5 runner and just a few meters from the finish line and down he went. His second time on the ground in the meet, and this time just 3 meters from the finish line. He had just enough energy to crawl across the finish line in 27th place in a time of 21:05. Patrick Jagerson and Brennan Holman rounded out the top 7 for the Beavers in 46th and 50th places in times of 21:20 and 21:23 respectively.
The Beavers bounced back from a brutal start to capture their third straight state title, and 4th since 2005 with a score of 72 points, beating 2nd place OCC's total of 93 points. State #2 ranked San Bernardino Valley College, the state champions from 2006-2010, finished third after their top runner pulled out of the race with just over a mile to go. Luis Luna became the third straight individual champion for the Beavers, matching the feats of 2012 champion Matt Airola (now at Univ of Alabama) and 2011 champion and course record holder Garrett Seawell (now at Arizona State University). Complete Results
More Men's Cross Country
ARC Women’s Water Polo NorCal Champions 2013
November 16, 2013
The American River College women’s water polo team won the 2013 NorCal Championship this past weekend. The women went undefeated this season in NorCal play with a perfect 12-0 record. In the NorCal Championship Tournament American River College beat Santa Rosa 11-2 in the semi-finals and defeated Sierra College in the championship game 7-4. Freshman Emily Perry earned tournament MVP with 4 goals, 7 steals, an assist and 1 drawn ejection. Goalie Avery Dotterer was also a part of the All Tournament team. The coaching staff was awarded NorCal staff of the year to end a great weekend of play. The ARC women’s water polo team now advances as the #1 seed from NorCal to the final four State Tournament, played this week in Riverside.
More Women's Water Polo