Aurora -- First things first for the Aurora High boys tennis squad. Postseason play is coming, but the Greenmen had some unfinished business in league play first.
Behind a dominating performance, the Greenmen captured the Chagrin Valley
Conference tournament crown at Perry High.
The crown marked Aurora's fifth consecutive title. The Greenmen took first
place in all five positions.
"It was great to get our fifth straight conference championship by taking
first in all five spots," said veteran head coach Dania Banc.
Senior Misha Shatokhin won the first singles title in two sets, 6-2, and 6-3
over Perry. He was named the MVP of the tournament. "Misha played very strong," said Banc.
Rangy senior Scott Adsit also snagged a CVC crown as he won in the finals over Perry by a 6-3, 6-3 score.
The final singles championship came from senior Michael Kuryshev, who
posted a 6-0, 6-1 win in the finals of the third singles field.
In first doubles action, the Greenmen saw the senior duo of Ben Sender and David Allen capture a CVC championship. They won against Painesville Harvey by a score of 6-4, 6-0.
Freshman Bradley Kennis and sophomore Reece DeAnna registered a title at the second doubles slot. The pair won against Wickliffe in a three set battle, 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.
Aurora (13-2), which finished undefeated in the league, now moves onto
postseason play in Division I.
"There were some big wins we have had in the last week or so," said Banc of her team's momentum, going into sectional play. "We beat Orange 3-2, the kids defeated Chagrin Falls 5-0, plus we also won at St. Vincent-St. Mary 5-0."
The Greenmen wwre to open postseason play May 13 at the Solon Community Park courts in the Division I sectional. This is Aurora's debut at Solon as the locals have played at Medina the past two seasons.
"I think the team has been playing extremely well all season," said Banc. "We need to continue to play strong in the sectional tournament at Solon."
Shatokhin got the fourth seed at Solon in singles play. "Misha earned the fourth seed in the tournament and I also look for Adsit to have a strong tournament," noted Banc. "Seniors Kuryshev and Sender are teaming up to play doubles for the sectional, and Allen will play singles as well."
Other teams at Solon are Brush, Chardon, Cleveland Heights, Euclid, Garfield Heights, Painesville Harvey, Warren Howland, Kenston, Ashtabula Lakeside, Madison, Mayfield, Mentor, Eastlake North, Ravenna, Painesville Riverside, Shaker Heights, Solon, Willoughby South, Warren Harding and West Geauga.
All along this season, Banc has believed this may the squad that could produce district qualifiers.