American River College Men’s Tennis Finishes Second at the MJC Tournament
February 14 - 15, 2014
The 40th annual Modesto Junior College Tournament hosted fourteen schools, most of them from Northern California. The flighted tournament features a format that allows competitors to play opponents in a draw that play the same spot for their teams. Team awards are given based on the number of individual matches players win for their team in their respective draws. Of the fourteen teams competing, ARC finished second to Fresno City College by a score of 33-28. The next highest win total was Foothill College with 24.
Individual Beaver standouts included Lovedeep Singh and Adam Duong. Singh won the #1 singles draw, losing just four games en route to the final where he beat Fresno City #1 player Alex Babanine 6-1, 6-2. Duong reached the #4 singles final, where he fell to Fresno City #4 Scott Gray in a hard fought 6-2, 6-3 match. Singh and Duong also teamed up to win the #1 doubles draw, where they beat Babanine and Matt Alves 6-4, 6-3 for the title. At #3 doubles the team of Nic Atkinson and Nick Cardoza reached the final, but where beaten by Alec Bessinger and Tate Nelson of Fresno City 6-3, 7-6.
It was another good showing for the Beavers and the second straight year they have finished second in the tournament. ARC will next play conference rival Sierra College on Friday, February 22nd at Sierra.
American River Men’s Tennis Starts Season with a Shutout vs. Reedley
February 11, 2014
ARC traveled to Reedley College for their season opener and came back with a 9-0 win. The Beavers started strongly with a sweep of the doubles, highlighted by Kevin Valentine and Jimmy Giovannini’s 8-2 victory at #1. The singles went smoothly also. Giovannini surrendered just one game at #1 and Valentine bettered him by not giving up a single game at #2. At #5 singles Nic Atkinson also won convincingly, rolling to a 6-1, 6-0 victory. The Beavers next competition will be the Modesto Junior College Tournament on February 14-15.
American River Men’s Tennis Splits Scrimmages With NCAA Div. II Competition
February 1-4, 2014
On Saturday, February 1st the men’s tennis opened the season with a scrimmage versus Holy Names University. The Beavers came up just short in a hard fought battle against the Hawks. In the doubles, Nick Cardoza and Nic Atkinson played an energetic and dynamic match en route to an 8-3 victory at #3. Holy Names won #1 and #2 doubles 8-3 and 8-2 respectively. ARC could not overcome the 2-1 deficit as they split the singles and eventually fell 5-4. Highlights of the singles including Lovedeep Singh winning a straight-set match at #1 against Tracy Beblie from HNU (6-3, 6-4) and both Adam Duong (#4) and Nick Cardoza (#5) pulled out three-set matches.
On Tuesday, February 4th the Beavers traveled to Sonoma State University to take on the Sea Wolves. ARC again fell behind 2-1 after doubles. The #1 tandem of Lovedeep Singh and Adam Duong defeated the SSU #1 team 8-5, but the Beavers lost at #2 and #3, 8-4 and 8-2 respectively. However, in contrast to the Holy Names match, this time ARC would battle back for the win as they took four of the six singles matches to win the scrimmage 5-4. Highlights of the singles included a straight set victory for Lovedeep Singh at #1 against SSU player Matt Roberts, Jimmy Giovannini and Kevin Valentine battling back from a set down to grind out victories at #2 and #3, and Adam Duong fighting off a match point at 5-3 down in the second set to win his second straight three-set match.
Great start against strong competition for the Beavers. Next they will face Reedley College in their first official match of the season.