ITA State Awards - Lovedeep Singh Named Rookie of the Year, Bo Jabery-Madison Named Head Coach of the Year
April 27, 2014
In 2014 American River Men’s Tennis had another highly successful season, as indicated by the award nominees and winners at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association awards banquet. Lovedeep Singh was chosen as the 2014 Rookie of the Year. It is an award that honors the best first-year player in the state. Singh earned it with an overall record of 22-2 in singles and 20-3 in doubles. He reached the State Championship at Ojai singles final, before losing to Player of the Year Nathan Eshmade of Cerritos. For the second time in three years, Bo Jabery-Madison was named State Coach of the Year. ARC has been ranked top 6 in the state rankings in each of the last three seasons. The team has accumulated a 50-8 dual-team match record in those three years and they have won the Big 8 North Conference title in each of those seasons. In addition to the ITA award winners, Kevin Valentine was one of five finalists nominated for the Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship Award, and Andrew Swart was one of five finalists for the Assistant Coach of the Year.
Ojai State Tournament Results
April 24 - 27, 2014
Lovedeep Singh Reaches State Singles Final
The ARC Men’s Tennis Team qualified four singles players and all three doubles teams for the 80-player singles and 80-team doubles draws of the State Individual Championships at Ojai. In the singles Lovedeep Singh went in as the #1 seed from Northern California. Kevin Valentine, Jimmy Giovannini, and Adam Duong also qualified and were seeded #7, #10, and #14 respectively. In the doubles Duong/Singh entered the tournament as the #1 seed from the North. Giovannini/Valentine were the #6 seed and Nick Cardoza/Nic Atkinson received the final North seed at #16.
All four ARC players received byes in the first round of singles. In the second round Giovannini and Duong lost close matches to Southern California players. Valentine won his second round match routinely and in the round of 32 he found himself pitted against San Diego Mesa #1, and Socal #10, James Tenbroeck. Tenbroeck jumped out early, winning the first set easily, 6-2. In the second set Valentine won several key long rallies, one of which was an 82 ball rally, and physically wore down Tenbroeck, winning the second set 6-1. In the third set Tenbroeck found another gear and took a 5-0 lead, only to see Valentine fight back to within a game. Unfortunately for Valentine and the Beavers, Valentine was unable to hold serve at 4-5, and he fell on the short end of 3-hour grind-fest of a match.
Singh had a tough draw from the third round on. In the round of 32 he played COD #2 player Felipe Fuentes. Singh overcame early match jitters, winning the first set 7-5, and found his rhythm in the second set cruising to a 6-2 victory. In the round of 16, Singh drew Irvine Valley #2, and Socal #8, Simon Guillin. Singh again struggled early in the first set, before winning the last nine games of the match for a 6-3, 6-0 win. Singh next faced Mt. San Jacinto #1, and Socal #4, Vitor Galvao. At 2-2 in the first set Galvao tweaked a pre-existing back injury and Singh took control of the match, winning the next five games before Galvao was forced to retire at 6-2, 1-0.
The semifinal match for Singh would be one for the highlight films. Singh met up with Richard Catabona from L.A. Pierce in a rematch of a straight-set victory for Singh earlier in the year. However, Catabona was a different player this time around, playing great counter-punching tennis, forcing Singh out of his comfort zone and into a physical battle. Singh went up an early break in the first set before Catabona came roaring back to tie the score at 3-3. They traded holds until Singh, serving at 5-6, played a loose game and was broken, giving Catabona the first set. In the second set it was more of the same physically demanding tennis. Singh played his best tennis in the big moments and won the set 6-3. In the third set both players were physically struggling, Catabona dealing with cramps and Singh suffering from the beginning stages of heat stroke. Singh broke early and was able to hold out for the rest of the set, despite facing several break points, to win the match 6-4 in the third. The energy from the crowd and the players was a truly remarkable sight to see and in many spectators opinions, it was the match of the tournament.
In the final Singh faced off in another rematch from earlier in the season, this time against Nathan Eshmade from Cerritos, his only previous loss on the season. Singh, still physically drained from his previous matches did not have enough in the tank to fend off the all-court attack from Eshmade. The Cerritos sophomore played a calculated and aggressive match, while Singh found himself too often behind the baseline retrieving, rather than attacking. Singh found glimpses of his top level, but was unable to sustain it long enough to get the better of Eshmade. In the end, it was a close, but convincing 7-5, 6-3 victory for Eshmade, the deserving champion of the state singles title.
In the doubles all three Beavers teams advanced to at least the third round. Nic Atkinson/Nick Cardoza beat the Bakersfield #2 team to advance to the round of 32 before being beaten by the Riverside #1, and Socal #2, team of Garcia/Stephenson. Giovannini/Valentine received the #6 seed from the North and reached the round of 16 before losing to the #3 team from the South, Campos/Galvao from Mt. San Jacinto in a match where they had several set points in the first, but were unable to convert. The second set was not as close as they fell 6-1. The North #1 seeded team of Duong/Singh rolled through the draw to the quarterfinals, but with Singh ailing after a hard day on the singles court, and their opponents playing their top tennis, Duong/Singh lost 6-4, 6-2 to Gray/Tshkirkin from Fresno City. Duong became the first player in American River College history to reach the state quarterfinals on two separate occasions.
It was an incredible year for the Beavers, filled with tremendous individual and team efforts. The Beavers will return up to three starters, setting the foundation for what could be another strong year for ARC Men’s Tennis.
Team Playoff-Norcal Final
April 19, 2014
ARC: 3 Fresno City: 5
Conference: 8-0 Overall: 15-3
ARC came out firing in the doubles, going up an early break in each of the three matches. Unfortunately, #3 team Nic Atkinson/Nick Cardoza were unable to hold on, but #2 Jimmy Giovannini/Kevin Valentine and #1 Adam Duong/Lovedeep Singh both posted solid victories against their tough Ram opponents. In the singles, the Beavers lost at #3, #5, and #6 quickly to fall behind 4-2, but Duong kept the Beavers alive with a 6-3, 6-4 win at #4. The last two matches on were #1 Singh and #2 Valentine. As Singh won his second set to push his match to a third set, Valentine lost his second set tie-breaker after fighting off five match points to relinquish the team match, and thus the Beavers team season. It was an extremely successful year for the Beavers and it matches their best regional playoff run since they won the state title in 1966. The team still has the individual state championships at Ojai to play. The top four singles players and all three doubles teams qualified for the event. It will start on Thursday, April 24th. Among the seeded Beaver singles players are Singh (#1 Norcal), Valentine (#7 Norcal), Giovannini (#10 Norcal), and Duong (#14 Norcal). In the doubles Duong/Singh will enter the tournament as the #1 team from the north and Giovannini/Valentine will be the #6 seed from Norcal.
Team Playoff Round 2-Norcal Semifinal
April 15, 2014
ARC: 5 Foothill: 3
Conference: 8-0 Overall: 15-2
In a rematch of the Beavers only Northern California loss on the year, ARC came out strong and finished even stronger on the way to qualifying for their second straight Norcal championship match. In the doubles, #2 team Jimmy Giovannini/Kevin Valentine were dominant in their 8-2 win. At #3 Nic Atkinson/Nick Cardoza got off to a good start before losing their lead, but eventually finished the match in an exciting tiebreak. At match-point Cardoza ripped a backhand crosscourt and Atkinson finished it off with a crossing backhand volley. Heading into the singles ahead 2-1, the Beavers earned quick victories at #1 (Lovedeep Singh) and at #4 (Adam Duong), and Cardoza clinched the match with his 6-3, 6-2 win at #5. #3 player Giovannini was ahead 6-4, 5-2 (40-0) when the match was stopped due to Cardoza winning the 5th match for the Beavers. ARC will head to Fresno to play the Rams in the Norcal team final on Saturday, April 19th.
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
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.
Men's tennis vs Folsom Lake
March 4, 2014
Season: 4-0 Conference:3-0
The Beavers remained undefeated on the season with a 9-0 victory over the Folsom Lake Falcons. In the doubles Jimmy Giovannini and Kevin Valentine stepped up to the #1 spot and earned an 8-2 win. Nic Atkinson and Nick Cardoza also won 8-2 at the #2 spot and Hien Bui and Tate Yurica teamed together for the first time on the year, beating the Folsom Lake #3 team 8-1. The singles highlights included Adam Duong moving up to the #1 spot for the first time in his career and winning his match without dropping a game before his opponent retired early in the second set. Yurica and Forrest Bacchi played in their first official singles competitions of the year, each gaining hard fought straight-set wins at #5 and #6 respectively. The Beavers will face off against Foothill college on Saturday, March 8th in a match-up that will feature two of the top three teams in Northern California.
Men's temis match vs Diablo Valley
February 25, 2014
Overall: 3-0 Conference: 2-0
The Beavers traveled to Peasant Hill to take on the Vikings of Diablo Valley College. A last second lineup change had ARC playing without #1 player Lovedeep Singh. The rest of the lineup moved up one spot and competed well, winning all three doubles matches 8-3 and winning all but one of the singles matches in straight sets. Highlights included Tate Yurica competing in his first competition of the year, teaming with Adam Duong at #3 doubles and gaining the 8-3 victory. Duong had the most convincing singles victory of the day, losing just two games en route to his win at #3.
Men's Tennis Dual Match vs. Sierra
February 21, 2014
ARC: 9 Sierra: 0
The Beavers came out strong in the doubles, jumping to early leads in each of the doubles matches and never looking back. ARC lost just one game combined in the three doubles matches. In the singles the Wolverines from Sierra competed well, but ARC held them off at every spot. Highlights included a 6-0, 6-0 victory for Adam Duong at #3 and Jack Chien made his first appearance of the season with a 7-6, 6-2 win at #6.
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.