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Beavers at Shasta College

March 6, 2015

ARC-9                                    Shasta-0

Conference: 5-0               Overall: 9-0

ARC made the long trip to Redding and earned their 2nd shutout in a row over the Knights from Shasta College. Highlights included a 6-0, 6-1 win for Nick Cardoza at #1 and AJ De Castro stepping into the singles lineup for the first time of his career and won at #4 singles 6-2, 6-1. The Beavers will host #1 Norcal ranked Foothill College on Feb 7th.

Beavers vs Falcoms

March 3, 2015

ARC-9                                    FLC-0

Conference: 4-0               Overall: 8-0

The Beavers swept the Falcons for their 8th straight victory on the season. Highlights included Ryan Wilson winning 6-0, 6-0 at #2 singles and TJ Aukland stepping in to the #1 spot for the 2nd time this season and earning a 6-2, 6-0 victory. Nick Shirk competed in his 2nd singles match of the season and pulled out a 6-4, 6-2 win at #6. The Beavers will next play at Shasta on March 6th.

Beavers remain undefeated

 February 27, 2015

ARC-5                                    SRJC-4

Conference: 5-0               Overall: 7-0

The top two teams in the Big 8 North did battle on the courts at ARC, as the Bear Cubs from Santa Rosa Junior College visited the Beavers. It was a beautiful day on the courts and there was a palpable energy running through the players and fans. The doubles matches started off very competitive, close, and with both teams exuding great amounts of emotion. At #2 (TJ Aukland/Ryan Wilson) and #3 (Nic Atkinson/John Foote) the Beavers pulled away to secure comfortable victories, 8-4 and 8-5 respectively. At #1 doubles Seppi Capaul/Jimmy Giovannini went down an early break to the tough team of Landon Browne/Jonathon Pike. In an incredibly exciting comeback, the Beavers broke Browne as he served for the match at 7-6, and eventually the match went to a tiebreak. In the tiebreak the Bear Cubs were too tough, coming up with some incredible reflex volleys and clutch serving. The beavers went down in the tiebreak 7-5, but not before providing some energy and motivation to the Beavers heading in to singles. ARC needed 3 singles victories to clinch the dual team match and it looked promising, with 5 of the 6 first sets going to ARC players. The tide turned in 2 of the matches, as Dylan King (#4) and Wilson (#6) were unable to close out their matches. Fortunately for the Beavers Capaul (#1) and Foote (#5) won handily and it came down to the #2 singles match between Giovannini (ARC) and Browne (SRJC). Both sets were close and the momentum shifted frequently, but Giovannini was able to close out the match, serving 5-3 in the 2nd set to earn the dual team match for the ARC. It was a very competitive match between the 2 rivals and it sets up what should be a great sequel when the Beavers travel to Santa Rosa on Tue, Mar 17th.  

Beavers vs DVC

 February 24, 2015

ARC-7                                    DVC-2

Conference: 4-0               Overall: 6-0

In a battle between 2 of the top 4 teams in Northern California, the Beavers traveled to Pleasant Hill to take on the Vikings from Diablo Valley College. ARC came out strong, taking all three of the doubles in convincing fashion. At #1 Seppi Capaul/Jimmy Giovannini defeated Vaughn Asuncion/Roy Eldred 8-3. At #2 Nic Atkinson/John Foote earned a late break to seal the win by a score of 8-5. At #3 TJ Aukland/Ryan Wilson posted the most lopsided victory of the doubles matches by a score of 8-2. The singles matches proved to be very competitive, with the Beavers winning 4 of the 6 contests. Highlights included Capaul at #1, rolling in the second versus Eldred after a close, hard fought first set, 7-5, 6-0. Dylan King won by the biggest margin of all of the Beaver players at #4 by a score of 6-1, 6-2. Things don’t get any easier for the Beavers as they host conference perennial conference rival Santa Rosa Junior College, the #2 ranked team in Northern California, on Friday, Feb 27th.

Beavers dominate

February 20-21, 2015

ARC-9                    Cabrillo-0

ARC-9                    De Anza-0

Overall: 5-0         Conference: 1-0

The Beavers took a trip to the bay area to face up against two Coast Conference teams, the Cabrillo Seahawks and the De Anza Dons. ARC was able to shutout both opponents, although they were pushed to 3 sets at #2 singles (Jimmy Giovannini) and #3 singles (Dylan King) against De Anza. Other highlights included dominating performances at #1 singles in both matches. Against Cabrillo, Giovannini played a nearly flawless match in a 6-1, 6-0 victory over Nick Batchelder. Against De Anza, Seppi Capaul routed his opponent 6-1, 6-0 in the most convincing victory on the day for the Beavers against the Dons. At the end of the trip the Beavers had pushed their undefeated record to 5-0. They will next face off against their two toughest conference competitors when they play at Diablo Valley College on Tuesday, February 24 and at home against Santa Rosa on Friday, February 27.


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.


Modesto Invitational

February 18, 2015

Conference standings:


American River-25

Santa Rosa-25

Diablo Valley-16


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.


 Dual-team match

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.