Holy Names Invitational
October 19-20, 2013
The Beavers competed in their final off-season competition of the year at the Holy Names University Invitational. The NCAA Division II program also invited Division III powerhouse UC Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa Junior College. The tournament was divided into three singles flights (A,B,C) and two doubles flights (A, B).
In the A singles Flight #3 seed Lovedeep Singh beat #4 seeded Tracy Beblie in the title match. On the way to the final Singh also beat former Beaver standout, and current Holy Names player, Andrew Amor 7-5, 6-4 and UC Santa Cruz #1 player Elias Scandalis 6-2, 7-6. The tournament #1 seed, ARC’s Matt Alves, was upset in the quarterfinal by Brook Workeneh from Holy Names 7-5, 2-6, 10-6. Kevin Valentine lost in the first round of the A Flight 6-4, 6-4 to UC Santa Cruz player Chris Goetz. The highlight of the other singles flights was Nick Cardoza reaching the semis of the C Flight with an impressive 6-0, 6-0 victory over Long Vu of Santa Rosa.
In the doubles the Beavers once again won the A Flight. Alves/Singh rolled through their section of the draw and won the title by default when the HNU team was unable to compete in the final due to injury. In the B Flight Cardoza and Jimmy Giovannini reached the semifinals, before falling to Hollister/Soper from UCSC.
Alves Falls Just Short of National Singles Title
October 15, 2013
American River tennis standout Matt Alves’ bid to become the national community college ITA pre-season champion ended in the championship match, losing to #1 seed Mate Cutura from Tyler College 7-5, 5-7, 6-2. Alves lost a tight first set and went down a break early in the second set, but fought back and found a way to win it 7-5. In the third set Cutura became extremely steady and Alves made a few costly errors as the momentum, and eventually the match, went Cutura’s direction.
Alves’ run to the national final was very impressive. In his 7 matches leading to the final (through the regional and national events) he did not lose a set. In fact, he did not lose more than three games in any one set. He is the first Beaver in the 27-year history of the event to win the regional and qualify for the national tournament.
Matt Alves Reaches National ITA Junior College Final
October 11, 2013
Matt Alves defeated Vasil Surduk from Seminole State College to reach the final of the National ITA Junior College Championships. He began the match strong, rolling to a 6-1 first set win. In the second set he lost some rhythm on his first serve and found himself in a tight battle before closing out the match with a 6-3 second set victory. On Thursday Alves won his quarterfinal match against Vitor Mendes from Ventura College 6-2, 6-2. He was down 0-2, 15-40 in the first set, before finding his form and winning the next 8 games and cruising to victory.
Alves will play Mate Cutura from Tyler College in the final for the national Juco title on Saturday at 9:45. The winner of the Juco division will gain entry into the Small College Super Bowl, comprised of the Juco, Div II, Div III, and NAIA champions. The winner of the Small College Super Bowl will get a wild card into the ITA Div I Indoor Championships, which will include the top 32 players from Div I in the country.
ITA Pre-season Tournament Results
September 20-22, 2013
Hosted by Fresno City College
For the first time in 14 years an American River College player won the Norcal ITA pre-season singles title. Matt Alves tore through the draw, losing just 11 games in five matches en route to the championship. Other top Beaver performers included Jose Mejia (semifinal), Kevin Valentine (quarterfinal), and Adam Duong (quarterfinal). In the doubles ARC had 3 teams reach the quarterfinals. Nick Cardoza/Jimmy Giovaninni lost to the eventual champions, Alec Bessinger/Adrien Varenne from Fresno City, 6-1, 6-4 in their quarterfinal matchup. The same Fresno City team beat the ARC team of Adam Duong/Kevin Valentine in the semifinals 6-4, 6-3. Matt Alves/Jose Mejia from ARC fought through a tough semifinal against the Fresno pairing of Scott Gray/Luis Ochoa 7-6(4), 3-6, 10-8, before losing in the final to Bessinger/Varenne in another 3-set battle 6-4, 3-6, 10-8. The tournament was a great start to the year for the Beavers as they set their sights on a third straight conference title and a run at the Norcal and State titles.
22-0 MEN'S TENNIS TEAM TO PLAY FRESNO CITY FOR NORCAL TITLE
The undefeated American River Men’s tennis team (22-0), currently ranked 3rd in the state, defeated 9th ranked Chabot (14-5) by a score of 6-3 in the Norcal regional semifinal. #1 player Andrew Amor, #3 Kevin Valentine, and #5 Patrick Johnson each earned two points for the Beavers as they won their respective singles and doubles matches on the day. The semifinal victory sets the Beavers up to play the#1 ranked team in the state, Fresno City College (17-0), this Saturday at 1:00p at FCC for the Norcal team title. The winner of the Norcal team final will face off against the Southern Cal champion for the state title on Wednesday, April 24th.