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Big 8 North All-Conference Selections

 April 8, 2014

Five Beavers were selected to the Big 8 North All-Conference Team. Lovedeep Singh, Kevin Valentine, Jimmy Giovannini, and Adam Duong all made First-Team All-Conference and Nick Cardoza was chosen as a Second-Team All-Conference member. It is the third straight year that the Beavers have had at least five of the twelve All-Conference members in the six-team conference.


Team Playoff Round 1-Norcal Quarterfinals

April 8, 2014

American River: 6            De Anza: 0

Conference: 8-0               Overall14-2

In the first round of the team playoffs the third-seeded Beavers matched up against the sixth-seeded De Anza Dons. ARC jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the doubles, losing a combined five games in the three matches. In the singles Adam Duong (#4) finished first, with a 6-0, 6-1 victory. Finishing shortly behind Duong were Lovedeep Singh (#1) and Hien Bui (#6), completing the dual-match sweep by a score of 6-0. Because it was a playoff match, the match was stopped when the Beavers clinched the team victory. Every other Beaver singles player had won their respective first set at the time of the match being called. ARC will next face Foothill College in the Norcal semifinal in a rematch of the only dual-match loss on the season for the Beavers to a Northern California competitor. The Beavers previously lost 5-4 to the Owls on March 8 in a hard-fought, exciting matchup.


North / South team tournament

March 28 - 29, 2014

ARC: 3   Grossmont: 6

ARC: 6   Cerritos: 3

ARC: 9   L.A. Pierce: 0

The Beavers went 2-1 in the highly competitive North/South team tournament. In the opener the Beavers came out flat, falling behind 2-1 to Grossmont after the doubles and were never able to attain their top level, eventually falling 6-3 to the Griffins. In the second matchup of day one, the Beavers came out much stronger, taking a 3-0 lead into the singles after doubles play. One of the most exciting matches of the season featured the #1 doubles tandem of Adam Duong/Lovedeep Singh coming back from a 7-2, two-break deficit to beat the highly ranked team of Nathan Eshmade/Amadi Kagoma 9-8(4). ARC was able to carry the momentum into the singles winning three of the six matches and holding on for a 6-3 dual-team victory over the Falcons. On day two ARC swept L.A. Pierce 9-0 in one of the strongest team performances of the season. Individual highlights of the tournament included Adam Duong going undefeated at #4 singles and the #2 doubles team of Jimmy Giovannini and Kevin Valentine playing top-level tennis, winning each of their three doubles match by at least a two-break margin. Next up for the Beavers is the individual conference tournament in Santa Rosa, starting April 4th.  


Men's tennis vs Modesto JC

March 20, 2014

ARC: 8   MJC: 1

Conference: 8-0               Overall: 11-1

The Beavers and the Pirates faced off in a match that featured Norcal ranked #3, ARC, against Norcal #4, Modesto Junior College. The match was competitive from the start as #2 and #3 doubles each reached 6-6. The Beavers were able to pull away late at #3 doubles, but fell short at the #2 spot. Heading into the singles with a 2-1 lead, ARC fell behind quickly in four of the six singles matches, but were able to fight back and win each of them for a hard-fought 8-1 dual-match victory. Lovedeep Singh was dominant on the day, surrendering just two games total in #1 singles and #1 doubles combined. At #2 singles Kevin Valentine battled back from a 4-1 early deficit, winning eleven of the last twelve games for a 6-4, 6-1 win. Jimmy Giovannini and Adam Duong each won physical straight-set matches at #3 and #4 respectively. At #5 and #6 Nick Cardoza and Hien Bui were each down a set, but played resilient tennis to earn three-set victories. This match was much closer than the 8-1 final score would indicate. After playing seven matches in the last ten days, ARC will now have a week off before competing in the annual North/South tournament in Fresno.


Men's tennis March recap

March 11 - 21, 2014

ARC: 9   Sierra: 0

ARC: 9   DVC: 0

ARC: 5   SRJC: 1

ARC: 9   SRJC: 0

ARC: 8   FLC: 1

Conference: 8-0               Overall: 10-1

In a ten-day period the Beavers swept the second half of conference play in dominating fashion to clinch their third straight Big 8 North championship. Included in the five-match streak were three shutouts and a double-header victory against their toughest conference rival, Santa Rosa Junior College. Individual highlights included #1 singles victories by Adam Duong (vs. Sierra and Santa Rosa), Kevin Valentine (vs. Diablo Valley), Jimmy Giovannini (vs. Folsom Lake), and Lovedeep Singh (vs. Santa Rosa). Nick Cardoza and Hien Bui each went 5-0 in singles play during the streak to help the Beavers in the bottom half of the lineup. Doubles play was equally impressive, as the Beavers posted an 11-1 mark in doubles matches during the run.  


ARC at Chabot

March 13, 2014

ARC: 8   Chabot: 1

Conference: 4-0               Overall: 6-1

The Beavers traveled to Hayward and took down perennial rival Chabot by a score of 8-1. The most competitive matches on the day included #2 doubles, where Nic Atkinson and Nick Cardoza moved up from their usual spot at #3 doubles, to beat Andy Cheng and Roel Peralta 6-1, 7-6(3), and #1 singles where Jimmy Giovannini played #1 for the third time of the season and lost a 3-set match to Chabot #1 Brandon Lew 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. The Beavers will resume conference play tomorrow afternoon against Diablo Valley College.


Men's tennis vs Foothill

March 8, 2014

ARC-4    Foothill-5

Season: 4-1         Conference: 3-0

The Beavers lost for the first time on the season in a nail biter to the Foothill Owls. The two teams entered the match at #2 (ARC) and #3 (Foothill) in Northern California. ARC started off strong, winning the doubles lines at #1 and #2 against very solid Foothill teams. At #3 doubles the Beavers came out flat and were unable to come back from an early deficit. Heading into the singles ARC needed at least a split in the remaining 6 matches. Lovedeep Singh (#1) and Hien Bui (#6) each pulled out straight set wins, but the Beavers were unable to muster another singles victory to earn the dual-team win. Coming closest were Kevin Valentine (#3) and Adam Duong (#4), each of whom lost a 10-point match tie-break in lieu of a third set. Duong battled back from an 8-4 deficit in the 10-point match tie-break to even the score at 9-9, but was unable to keep the momentum going, eventually falling 11-9. The Beavers will next face conference rival Sierra on March 11th in the first of three tough matches scheduled for this week.



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