ITA National Small College Championships
Sumter, South Carolina
October 9-12, 2014
John Foote and Jimmy Giovannini qualified for the ITA National Small College Doubles Championships by winning the Northern California ITA Regional Tournament in Santa Rosa on September 21st. In the first round Foote/Giovannini drew the top-seeded team of Nkoueleue/Slade from Georgia Perimeter, falling to the eventual champions 6-2, 6-1. In the first round of the back draw the Beavers drew Flowers/Lane from Mississippi Gulf Coast College. After splitting the first two sets, Foote/Giovannini lost a tough ten-point match tiebreak 10-8. Before their final match for 7th/8th place, Foote was forced to pull out of the tournament due to a back injury he sustained in the regional tournament. It was the first time a doubles team from ARC had qualified for the prestigious event and the second year in a row that American River had some form of representation at the tournament.
Santa Rosa Invitational
October 11-12, 2014
The Beavers participated in their second, and final, pre-season competition at the Santa Rosa Invitational. The tournament featured some of the top NCAA Division II and Division III players in Northern California. Participating schools included Holy Names University (Div. II), Sonoma State (Div. II), UC Santa Cruz (Div. III), and Santa Rosa JC. ARC was without two of their top players with Jimmy Giovannini and John Foote competing at the ITA National Small College Championships in Sumter, South Carolina. Highlights of the tournament for the Beavers included Dylan King and Nick Cardoza reaching the quarterfinals of the B Flight in singles and Dylan King/Ryan Wilson reaching the semifinal of the B Flight in doubles. Inj the singles King won a hard fought match against Holy Names player Ivan Parra, 3-6, 6-4, 10-4. Cardoza beat Santa Rosa’s Addison Mowforth 7-6, 6-4 in the round of 16 before losing to eventual B Flight champion A.J. Flora 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinal. In the doubles King/Wilson defeated Mowforth/Burlingame from Santa Rosa in the round of 16 and then beat 3rd seeded McCarthy/Parra from Holy Names in the quarterfinal before succumbing to the tough team of Levchenko/Sorica from UC Santa Cruz 8-4.
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.