Beavers defeat Shasta Knights
February 18, 2015
ARC-9 Shasta College-0
Overall: 3-0 Conference: 1-0
The Beavers started off conference play with a 9-0 shutout over the Shasta Knights. Highlights included Elias Burbick, Nick Shirk, and AJ De Castro competing in their first official matches for American River. In the singles, Burbick (#2) and Shirk (#4) each won their matches 6-2, 6-1. In the doubles, De Castro and Shirk teamed up for an 8-2 victory at #2. ARC will next play Cabrillo College on Friday, February 20 as part of a road trip to the bay area to compete against some tough Coast Conference competition. They will also play De Anza College during the trip on Saturday, February 21.
February 18, 2015
ARC: Overall: 2-0 Conference: 0-0
With conference play starting the following week, the Beavers participated in the 41st annual Modesto Invitational Tournament as a final tune-up before the conference dual-team season. The tournament features a unique format. It is a flighted tournament in which each player competes in a separate draw comprised of players at the same ladder position for their respective team. The team champion of the tournament is determined by the amount of overall individual wins each team earns. Of the 14 teams competing, ARC tied with Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC) for second place. Foothill College (FH) finished 6 points ahead of the Beavers and SRJC.
All 6 ARC players reached their respective singles semifinals. Seppi Capaul was the Flight 1 singles champion and Jimmy Giovannini (flight 2) and Ryan Wilson (flight 5) reached the final in their flights. In the doubles, all 3 ARC duos reached the semifinals, but only Capaul/Giovannini were able to advance past that point. The #1 pair beat Gonzalez/Purser (MJC) 7-6(4), 6-4 in the semifinal and beat the #1 seeded Feldmanis/Resende (FH) in the final 6-3, 7-5. Capaul became only the second ARC player in the last twenty years to win both the Flight1 singles and the Flight 1 doubles championship at the Modesto Invitational, repeating Lovedeep Singh's performance of 2014.
Beavers beat Pirates
February 10, 2015
ARC: 7 MJC: 2
Overall: 2-0 Conference: 0-0
The Beavers continued the strong start to their season with a convincing victory over the Pirates from Modesto Junior College. The Beavers won routine matches at #2 and #3 doubles, but Seppi Capaul/Nic Atkinson lost at #1 dubs after fighting back from a 5-0 deficit to force a tie-break. Despite the loss, the great effort translated to the singles for Capaul and Atkinson as they turned in their best singles performances of the season, winning in straight sets at #1 and #5 respectively. Other highlights from the singles included a 6-0, 6-0 win from TJ Aukland at #3. ARC will next compete at the Modesto Invitational Tournament on Feb 13-14. It is a flighted tournament, allowing each player to compete in a draw against other players from Northern California that play at the same spot in their teams lineup. The Beavers have finished in 2nd place in the 16 team tournament each of the last 3 years.
February 3, 2015
ARC: 9 Reedley: 0
Overall: 1-0 Conference: 0-0
In their first dual-team match of the season, ARC played with good energy and executed a workmanlike performance against the Tigers from Reedley College. After the sweep in doubles, ARC sat #1 player Seppi Capaul. TJ Aukland stepped in to the top spot and put on a solid performance, winning 6-3, 6-2 against Reedley #1 Patrick Smith. Other highlights included 6-0, 6-0 victories from #3 Ryan Wilson and #6 Nic Atkinson. It was a promising start to the team-season. The Beavers will next play Modesto Junior College at home on February 10th.
Reedley College Doubles Invitational
January 31, 2015
The Beavers started off their season with a successful showing at the Reedley College Doubles Invitational. ARC sent five teams to the flighted tournament. In the A flight Seppi Capaul/Ryan Wilson swept through the draw, only being pushed in the final, as they beat Jose Gonzalez/Cory Purser by the score of 8-6. In the B flight two Beaver teams met in the final. In the most entertaining and energetic match of the tournament, Nic Atkinson/TJ Aukland beat Nick Cardoza/Dylan King 8-6. The teams were on serve until 6-6, when Atkinson/Aukland secured the break and held to close out the match. The Beavers will play their first community college dual-team match on Tuesday at home against Reedley College.