by STEVE BATKO | CORRESPONDENT
Aurora -- This year's edition of Aurora High School's varsity boys tennis reached some impressive goals as senior leadership played a large role.
"Our season was very successful," said sixth-year mentor Dania Banc. "We accomplished our goal of winning the league and taking first place at every position in the league tournament."
Aurora was 14-2 overall and 10-0 record in Chagrin Valley Conference Chagrin Division play. And AHS had four athletes reach the quarterfinals at the Solon Division I sectional tournament.
"We had a good run at sectionals with four guys making it to the quarter finals, but all losing in their matches," said Banc.
Senior Misha Satokhin, who was awarded most valuable player honors in the CVC, was seeded fourth in singles action.
"He was our best chance of getting out since he was seeded fourth, but lost to a very good freshman from Solon [Vlad Rotnov by a score of 6-2, 6-2]," said Banc.
Scott Adsit, a senior, lost his quarterfinal match 6-0, 6-1 to Austin Barr, the No. 3 seed from Kenston. Barr ended up winning the entire tournament.
The senior doubles team of Ben Sender and Michael Kuryshev came close and battled at Solon. They lost 6-4, 6-4 to the fourth-seeded team from Solon. "Our doubles team came so close, but lost to a tough Solon team," said the mentor.
Aurora finished the season 14-2 overall. The Greenmen's other senior -- David Allen -- lost in his second round match to the top seed.
"Misha was the MVP of the conference while Michael went undefeated the entire season until he lost in the sectional quarterfinals," said Banc.
"Next year, I'll lose five valuable seniors and the team will take a huge hit. My younger boys need to work hard in the off season to fill those spots.
"I think next year, we'll be a more inexperienced team, but the young guys I have love the game and I look for them to step up and be competitive."