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Individual State Championships at Ojai

April 23 - 26, 2015

ARC singles seeds (all seeds are for Norcal only):

1. Seppi Capaul

7. Jimmy Giovannini

ARC doubles seeds (all seeds are for Norcal only):

1. Capaul/Giovannini

6. Aukland/Foote

9. Atkinson/Wilson


In the year-end state individual championships, the Beavers performed admirably. In the singles Seppi Capaul and Jimmy Giovannini each reached the 3rd round before falling to opponents from Socal #2 team, College of the Desert. In the doubles all 3 ARC teams reached at least the 3rd round. Nic Atkinson/Ryan Wilson won a well-played match 6-4, 6-3 against a solid Bakersfield team in the 2nd round before falling to a Grossmont seeded team in their next match. John Foote was forced to pull out of the doubles due to an injury, so Dylan King stepped in to pair up with TJ Aukland. Aukland/King played well in route to the 3rd round where they faced off against the #2 team from Cerritos College. The match was hard fought and well played in the first set, as both teams fought off multiple set points. Eventually the Cerritos team pulled it out and the ARC team was forced to retire when Aukland aggravated a pre-existing injury early in the 2nd set. The ARC #1 team of Capaul/Giovannini cruised in to the round of 16 where they met the #1 team from College of the Desert. Unlike in their singles matches against the COD players, the ARC duo controlled the flow of play. They played aggressive, attacking doubles, forcing their opponents in to defensive court positions. ARC finished the match strong, winning the 10-point match tiebreak 10-8, and moved on to the quarterfinal, matching the best result by an ARC doubles team since 1992. In the quarterfinal matchup ARC fell just short to a strong Irvine Valley College team, 6-3, 7-6(4). It was a great run for the ARC pairing and capped atremendous seaon for ARC Men’s Tennis.


Northern California Team Payoff-Final

April 18, 2015

ARC-0                                    Foothill-5

Conference: 8-0               Overall:15-2

The Beavers traveled to Los Altos to play The Owls from Foothill College for the Northern California team championship and the right to play the Southern California winner for the state title. It is the 3rd consecutive year that ARC has reached this point, but unfortunately they fell short in their bid in 2015. The doubles was going to be a key if the Beavers hoped to win the matchup. Having won 2 of the 3 doubles matches in their first meeting, the Beavers went in confident. However, it was not to be, as the Owls swept the Beavers, taking a 3-0 lead in to the singles. At #1 doubles ARC had two match points serving at 7-5, 40-15, but could not close it out.

Despite falling behind 3-0 after the doubles, ARC came out with great energy and tremendous grit and desire in the singles. It seemed as though every match was being contested like the dual team match was even. Initially Foothill seemed surprised at the Beavers energy, but eventually their greater experience won out, clinching the match with wins at #4 (Dylan King) and #6 (Nick Cardoza). Seppi Capaul led at #1 (7-6) and TJ Aukland was leading at #5 (6-1, 5-3) when the match was stopped. It was the end of another tremendous team season for the Beavers. They will finish the season at 15-2, ranked 2nd in Northern California, and potentially a 3rd straight year in the top 5 of the state rankings.


Northern California Playoff-Semifinal

April 14, 2015

ARC-9                                    Chabot-0

Conference: 8-0               Overall: 15-1

In the semifinals of the Norcal team playoff the Beavers hosted the Gladiators from Chabot. It was a rematch of a match a few weeks prior, when the Beavers won by a score of 8-1. This time ARC did not lose a match. Doubles was highlighted by 8-2 victories at #2 (Nic Atkinson/John Foote) and #3 (TJ Aukland/Ryan Wilson). In singles all but one match were won in straight sets, with John Foote putting on the most dominant performance in a 6-0, 6-1 win at #3. The Beavers will next get a rematch against #1 seed Foothill college at their place on Saturday, April 18th.

Northern California Playoff-Quarterfinal

April 7, 2015

ARC-9                                    Modesto-0

Conference: 8-0               Overall: 14-1


In the first round of the team playoffs, the #2 seeded Beavers hosted the #7 seeded Pirates from Modesto. ARC jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the doubles, highlighted by 8-1 victories at #2 (Nic Atkinson/John Foote) and at #3 (Nick Cardoza/Dylan King). The strong performance continued into the singles as #1 Seppi Capaul fought off the strong Modesto #1, Jose Gonzalez, 6-3, 7-5. Ryan Wilson had the most convincing victory on the day at #5, earning the win without dropping a game. In the Norcal semifinals the Beavers will host #5 seeded Chabot College, who upset #4 seed Diablo Valley College in the quarterfinals.


Big 8 North Individual Conference Tournament

 April 2-4, 2015

ARC singles seeds:                           ARC doubles seeds:

1. Seppi Capaul                                 2. Capaul/Giovannini

5. Jimmy Giovannini                        4. Aukland/Foote

9. John Foote                                     6. Nic Atkinson/Ryan Wilson

10. TJ Aukland

11. Dylan King


The 2015 Big 8 North Individual Conference Tournament was hosted by ARC. The tournament serves as the qualifier for the year ending Individual State Championships at Ojai. ARC was well represented in the tournament, holding 5 of the top 11 seeds in singles and 3 of the top 6 seeds in doubles. In the singles the Beavers more than lived up to the seedings, as Seppi Capaul won the tournament and Jimmy Giovannini revenged an earlier loss to DVC #1 Sean Austin Miller in the quarterfinals to reach the semifinals. Other highlights of the singles included both John Foote and Dylan King upsetting higher seeds in close three-set matches to reach the quarterfinals, thus allowing them to qualify for Ojai.

The doubles performances were equally impressive for the Beavers. #6 seeded Nic Atkinson/Ryan Wilson upset #3 seeded Arthur Lai/Kevin To from Santa Rosa to reach the semifinals, meaning that all 3 ARC teams had qualified for Ojai and that 3 of the final 4 teams remaining in the draw were from ARC. In the final, #2 seeded Capaul/Giovannini attempted to gain retribution for two earlier losses to the #1 seeded team of Landon Browne/Jonathon Pike from Santa Rosa. The two teams split sets and the match would be settled in a 10-point match tiebreak. The Beavers went up early, building the lead to 9-5. The Bear Cubs from Santa Rosa fought back to 9-7, but Giovannini came up with a big second serve and great first volley to set up Capaul for the finishing crossing volley. It was an incredible atmosphere and a great performance by the #1 team from ARC. It was the third straight doubles conference championship for the Beavers and the second time in ten years that an ARC player (Seppi Capaul) had won both the singles and the doubles conference titles.


Beavers earn 4th straight conference title

 March 20, 2015

ARC-9                                    Folsom Lake-0

Overall: 13-1                       Conference: 8-0

The Beavers were able to put all 12 players in the lineup in their final regular season conference match of the season. At #3 doubles AJ De Castro and Nick Shirk stepped in to the lineup and played solidly, winning their match 8-4. In the singles, Elias Burbick beat Forrest Bacchi at #5 singles, holding off a late charge by Bacchi at the end of the second set 6-2, 6-4. Alex Bgatov competed in his 5th singles match in dual team play this season and remained undefeated, beating Moyo Gbadamosi 6-2, 6-3. The Beavers finished the regular season with a 13-1 overall record and their 4th straight conference title. They will next compete in the individual Big 8 North Conference Tournament, hosted by ARC on April 2nd-4th. After the Big 8 North Conference Tournament the Beavers will begin dual team postseason play as the #2 seed in the Northern California team playoffs.


Beavers defeat Gladiators

March 19, 2015

ARC-8                                    Chabot-1

 Overall: 12-1                       Conference: 7-0

In their final non-conference match before playoffs, the Beavers defeated the Gladiators from Chabot College by a convincing 8-1 score. The Beavers swept the doubles, highlighted by an 8-2 win at #2 by TJ Aukland and John Foote. In the singles Nic Atkinson and Nick Cardoza stepped in and performed solidly at #5 and #6, each earning 6-2, 6-4 victories. Other highlights included Seppi Capaul cruising to a 6-2, 6-1 win at #1 and Dylan King grinding his way to dominating 6-0, 6-1 victory at #3. The Beavers will play Folsom Lake College tomorrow afternoon in their final dual team match of the season.


Beavers vs Bear Cubs

March 17, 2015

ARC-6                                    Santa Rosa- 3

 Overall: 11-1                       Conference: 7-0

The Beavers traveled to Santa Rosa and clinched the Big 8 North conference title with a strong performance against the Bear Cubs from Santa Rosa. The match began with all three doubles matches being closely contested. The Beavers were able to pull out victories at #2 (TJ Aukland/John Foote) and at #3 (Dylan King/Ryan Wilson) by the score of 8-5. At #1 doubles Seppi Capaul and Jimmy Giovannini fell just short, losing 9-7 after being up a break for most of the set. Heading into the singles up 2-1, the Beavers still had much work to do to secure the team victory. Seppi Capaul came back from a break down in each set to beat Santa Rosa #1 Jonathon Pike 7-5, 6-4. In another gutsy performance, John Foote battled back from a set and a break down to win the second set in a tiebreaker, and finally prevailed 6-4 in third set against a tough opponent, Kevin to, at the #4 spot. At #5 and #6 the Beavers were too strong as Dylan King and Ryan Wilson won routine straight-set matches, 6-4, 6-1 and 6-4, 6-2 respectively. This is the 4th straight Big 8 North conference title for the Beavers.


Beavers vs Vikings

March 13, 2015

ARC-6                                    DVC-3

Conference: 6-0               Overall: 10-1

The Vikings from Diablo Valley College came to Sacramento looking for the upset, but the American River College Beavers held off the tough squad from Diablo Valley for a very competitive 6-3 victory. The Beavers swept the doubles. The highlight for ARC was a dominant 8-2 win at #2 doubles for Nic Atkinson and John Foote. In the singles Seppi Capaul dominated Roy Eldred at #2, 6-0, 6-0, and TJ Aukland (#4) and John Foote (#5) nearly matched his result, each losing only 2 games. In the closest match of the day, Jimmy Giovannini (ARC) and Austin Miller (DVC) played one of the closest and most competitive matches of the year at #1 singles. Miller won the match 7-6(5), 6-7(4), 11-9. It was a great day on the ARC courts and the Beavers look forward to playing the Santa Rosa Junior College Bear Cubs on Tuesday, March 17th.


Top two Nor Cal matchup

March 7, 2015

ARC-4                                    Foothill-5

Conference: 5-0               Overall: 9-1

In a matchup of the top 2 teams in Northern California, the Beavers lost a hard fought battle to the Owls from Foothill College. The tone of the match was set early in the doubles, as each match was closely contested. The Beavers were able to pull out victories at #1 (Seppi Capaul/Jimmy Giovannini) and at #3 (John Foote/Ryan Wilson), but were unable to complete the sweep when #2 doubles (Nic Atkinson/TJ Aukland) were broken at 7-7 and then the Owls held for a 9-7 victory. In the singles Capaul (#1) and Dylan King (#5) won their matches in straight sets, but no other Beaver player was able to win a set, as the Beavers lost their first dual-team match of the season 5-4 to the mid-season #1 team in the North. The Beavers will next play conference rival Diablo Valley College on March 13th.

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