Aurora -- For the Aurora High girls tennis program, the departure of three graduating seniors is not a matter of rebuilding. The Lady Greenmen simply is reloading under seven-year head coach Dania Banc.
Banc, the 2012 Chagrin Valley Conference coach of the year, is looking for her girls to gain their fifth straight CVC title.
"We are still expecting this year's team to be top contenders for the CVC title," said Banc, whose club was a stunning 17-3 last year.
"We have won the past four years, taking first place in the league tournament and going undefeated in all our head to head matches as well. The girls have posted a winning record for the past five years."
Aurora's first singles player is junior returnee Taylor Miotke.
"Taylor had a strong year last year, where she played second singles,"said the coach.. Senior Christina Nelson will fill the second singles spot this year, moving up a spot from last year as well.
The remainder of the team is filled with seniors Gianna Caito, Chrissy Gill, Alix Kokincheck, Hannah Piazza, Nicole Lucas, Pravali Kothakota and Alley Hayes, plus freshman Nadia Abbass.
Aurora will miss league MVP Maddie Gilley, but Miotke, Caito and Nelson made first-team all-CVC in 2012. Gill was a second-teamers.
"The girls are focused and have been working very hard in practice so we can accomplish the goal of another CVC title," explained Banc.
"We also have some tough non conference matches which include Solon, Chardon Notre Dame Cathedral Latin, Rocky River Magnificat and Gates Mills Gilmour Academy."
Last week, Aurora beat Chagrin Falls 4-1 on the road on Aug. 15. Winning were Miotke by a 6-1, 6-0 tally, plus Nelson, 6-0, 6-1, the first doubles team of Caito and Gill, 4-6, 7-5 and 6-2. and the second doubles team of Kothakota and Abbass, 6-2, 6-4.
"Everyone played great, but I was especially impressed with efforts of the first doubles team," said Banc. "They fought hard and made smart decisions out there to fight back from a first-set deficit."
The Lady Greenmen host NDCL on Aug. 22 at the Barrington tennis courts and have visits to Perry on Aug. 26 and Mentor on Aug. 27 before three straight home tests against West Geauga (Aug. 28), Hathaway Brown (Aug. 29) and Massillon Jackson (Sept. 3).
Final results weren't available as of press time for the Aug. 19 visit to Wickliffe and the home battle against Solon on Aug. 20.