ITA Preseason Regional Championships
Santa Rosa, CA
September 19-21, 2014
The Beavers were well represented at the annual preseason ITA Regional Championships. Five ARC players reached the singles round of 16, with TJ Aukland and Jimmy Giovannini getting through to the quarterfinals. Aukland performed well in his quarterfinal match, especially in the second set in his matchup versus 2nd seeded Luis Ochoa from Modesto Junior College, but lost his break advantage late in the second set and was broken a final time to end the match at 6-1, 7-5 in favor of Ochoa. Top-seeded Giovannini beat 9th seeded Ryan Mah from Santa Rosa in the other quarterfinal in a physical straight-set match, 6-3, 6-2. In the semifinals Giovannini faced off against 4th seeded Jose Gonzalez from Modesto Junior College. Giovannini started the match off tight and lost the first set 6-2. He recovered in the second set, becoming more active with his footwork and more consistent with his first serve, winning the second set 6-2. In the third set Gonzalez broke Giovannini in the first game and the two players traded breaks for the next six games. Serving at 4-3, Gonzalez fought off 3 break points, including two with aces, and held for a 5-3 lead. In the next game Gonzalez broke Giovannini, winning the third and deciding set 6-3.
In the doubles the Beavers were dominant. Three of the eight quarterfinal teams were from ARC. In the semifinals Top seeded John Foote and Giovannini faced off against another ARC tandem, fourth seeded Aukland and Dylan King. In the most competitive and energetic match of the doubles tournament, Giovannini/Foote prevailed in a match that was closer than the 7-5, 6-1 score indicated. In the finals Foote/Giovannini came out of the gate a little shaky and struggled to hold serve. They were broken in three of their first four service games, but found their rhythm and rolled after the early jitters to a 6-4, 6-1 championship victory. With the victory Foote/Giovannini qualify for the National ITA Community College Championships on October 9-12 in South Carolina.