American River women’s tennis crushes Folsom Lake, 9-0


American River women’s tennis player, Abby Garcia serves the ball on Feb. 19 at Folsom Lake College. ARC beat FLC, 9-0. (Photo by Hameed Zargry)

Hameed Zargry

American River College women’s tennis team recorded its first spring season win by defeating Folsom Lake College 9-0 at FLC on Feb. 19.

The game opened with six single players, where ARC kept the high scores.

Steven Dunmore, head coach, led the team. He said the players’ performances were very good.

“The players were more relaxed and confident today than last match,” Dunmore said.

ARC easily defeated FLC in the first six matches. After the first match, ARC won 6-1, 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in the second, 7-5, 6-4 in the third, 6-1, 6-2 in the fourth, 6-1, 6-0 in the fifth and the last was 6-0, 6-0.

Rebecca Rasmussen, a pre-nursing major at ARC, was one of the players who scored 7-5, 6-4 by defeating her FLC counterpart.

“The match … provided a great start to the season as it set forth a winning expectation for the lady Beavers,” Rasmussen said.

Rasmussen was happy about the win and said the cooperation between the team with each other was great.

American River women’s tennis player, Eva Spindler is going to hit the ball during the match on Feb. 19 at Folsom Lake College. ARC beat FLC, 9-0. (Photo by Hameed Zargry)

The game moved forward from single playing to double games. ARC players kept their struggle and recorded winning results on the double games too.  

Emily Cowan, undecided major, won the single game by not giving up any points to her opponent and then won the double game by not giving up any points.

“I won 6-0, 6-0 in singles and 8-0 in doubles,” Cowan said. “Happy I got [the] wins for my team and I’m motivated to keep improving throughout the season.”

According to Rasmussen most of the ARC team is made up of new students, whom the coach helps to achieve their goal.

“We’re going to continue to grind and to work and encourage each other for the rest of the season,” Rasmussen said. “The ladies on the women’s tennis team this year are mostly freshmen, but we are a very ambitious group of characters, and under the coaching of Steven Dunmore, we’re on our way to accomplishing great things.”

The team is motivated to keep winning in future games.

“The team is young and we will keep gaining important experience,“ Dunmore said. “The team is made up of one sophomore and five freshmen and will continue to improve with each match.”

According to Dunmore, the team is in the learning process to gain more experience.

The next game was on March 5 against Sierra College at 1 p.m that lost by 4-5 points.