American River College’s tennis teams split their respective matches against Santa Rosa Junior College.
The men’s team won its match 5-4, while the women’s team lost 6-3.
Freshman Ryan Wilson and TJ Aukland won the number two doubles by a score of 8-4, while Nic Atkinson and John Foote won their number three doubles 8-5.
At the number one doubles, Seppi Capaul and Jimmy Giovannini got down early to SRJC, but they were unable to hold off ARC to win a tiebreaker 7-5.
Despite the loss, ARC was still up 2-1 in the match before singles matches, but needed three singles victories to clinch a dual team match.
Five of the first six singles matches went to ARC, but freshman Dylan King and Wilson fell in their respective matches.
The match came down to a singles match between Giovannini and SRJC’s Landon Browne, with Giovanni winning 5-3 to give ARC the win.
“The guys really came through. On all the courts we played well, even that one we lost, we battled back against a really good team and we gave ourselves a chance,” said ARC men’s tennis head coach Bo Jabery-Madison.
The women’s team started its match by winning two of the three doubles matches, by scores of 9-7 and 8-6.
However, they lost the number three doubles match 8-0.
They would have less luck in the singles matches, as SRJC won five of six singles matches.
ARC’s Kashia Lynhiavue lost her number six singles in two matches by scores of 6-1 and 6-0, while ARC’s Claudia Plascencia Astudillo also lost her number three singles match to SRJC’s Coral Imhoff 6-1 and 6-4 in each of their matches.
“(We) did a great job today, represented the college extremely well. We played at a very high level, this is the number one team in our conference, gave them a really good push … had a great day and represented the Beavers and American River College today,” said ARC women’s tennis head coach Reed Stout.
Both tennis teams will play at Santa Rosa in a rematch on March 17.