Aurora -- Dania Banc isn't beating around the bush or playing any games.
She isn't just expecting her Aurora High girls tennis team to win its fifth straight Chagrin Valley Conference championship; she is hoping to win at all five spots when the league invades Perry for its tournament Sept. 19.
Despite the departure of three seniors, Banc expected her Greenmen squad (12-2 overall) to remain undefeated in the CVC this fall.
"The girls are playing well now and our goal for the league tournament is to take first place in all five positions," said the 2012 CVC coach of the year.
Aurora had league tests against Perry and West Geauga earlier this week, for which results weren't available as of this writing, but the Greenmen were unbeaten in league play going into those. Action at Perry kicks off at 9 a.m.
According to the mentor, Aurora's biggest wins have come against Mentor 4-1 and Hathaway Brown 4-1, plus a big 3-2 league win over Hawken and two over Wickliffe and West Geauga.
In the win over Hathaway Brown, singles victories were key as Taylor Miotke (6-1, 6-1) and Christina Nelson (6-4, 6-2) won.
The doubles teams also both won. Gianna Caito and Chrissy Gill were 6-0, 6-4 victors and Alix Kokincheck and Nadia Abbass won 6-1, 6-0.
Crucial wins against Wickliffe were turned in by Miotke (6-0, 6-0), Nelson (6-0, 6-0), and Pravali Kothakota (6-1, 6-0). Abbass and Gill teamed to win in doubles play 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 and Kokincheck and Nicole Lucas 6-0, 6-2.
Against West Geauga, Miotke won 6-4, 6-1, Nelson won 6-1, 6-3 and Kothakota and Abbass won in doubles by a score of 6-7, 6-4, 6-1. Hannah Piazza and Lucas also won in doubles play by a score of 6-1, 7-5.
Playing eight-game pro sets against Hawken in the extreme heat saw huge performances from Miotke (8-0), Nelson (8-6), and Abbass and Kokincheck (8-0).
"The team has been getting stronger with each match," pointed out Banc. "I think the girls are making smart choices with their shot selection and the doubles teams are really starting to gel as partners."
Aurora will play at Gilmour Academy on Sept. 24 and host Massillon Jackson on Sept. 26.