Aurora -- Challenging work and practice has the Aurora High girls tennis team off to a fast start.
Heading into this week, the Greenmen were 4-0 overall and 1-0 in the Suburban League American Conference.
"I think the girls have worked extremely hard over the summer to fine-tune their games," said veteran head coach Dania Banc. "It has really shown in our first four matches."
In all, Aurora has six returning varsity starters this fall.
The returnees are seniors Nadia Abbass at first singles, Karen Steinbauer at second singles and Nicole Eastman at third singles.
There also are doubles players Claire Rosengarden (senior) and Sarah George (junior) at first doubles and Lindsey Jochum (senior) and Dottie Horvat (freshman) at the second spot.
"We have a solid varsity team this year in the 1-7 spots," said the coach.
"So far, we've played Nordonia, Twinsburg, Hawken and Kent Roosevelt, and have not dropped a single match."
Aurora hosts Medina Highland in league play Aug. 31 before hosting Chagrin Falls on Sept. 1 in non-league play, and then making a Sept. 7 league visit to Revere.
"Our toughest league opponents this year will be Highland, Revere and Copley," said Banc. "I feel we can beat all of them, but the girls will have to be on top of their game for each of those matches."
Home matches are played at the Barrington courts on North Aurora Road.
"Our goal with so many seniors is to go out on top and win the Suburban League," noted Banc. "I know it can be done. It will mean hard work and putting the right lineups on the court, but we can definitely do it."