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Aurora -- In a stretch that will likely decide the Suburban League American Conference volleyball championship, Aurora has shown resilience.
After a 3-0 win Sept. 29 at Medina Highland, the Greenmen moved to 8-1 in the league and 10-5 overall.
Head coach Tyler Price saw his club bounce back after a tough non-league loss to Hathaway Brown, as the locals responded with a 25-16, 25-19, 25-21 win at Highland (3-15, 2-6).
Aurora played a crucial league battle Oct. 4 against first-place Richfield Revere (14-4), which was 9-0 prior to the game. Final results weren't available at press time.
Coming up, AHS hosts Copley (4-11, 3-6) in SL play Oct. 6, competes in the Mayfield tournament Oct. 8, hosts Kenston on Oct. 11 and plays a league match at Tallmadge (10-3, 5-2) on Oct. 13.
The match against Revere also was the team's Volley For the Cure night, a breast cancer awareness event.
"After a poor showing against Hathaway Brown, we came out and played extremely well against Highland," said Price.
"It was a good week of volleyball heading into Homecoming weekend, as well as the big match against Revere."
Sophomore middle hitter Brooke Besinger led Aurora with 11 kills against the Hornets, plus she added 3 blocks.
Senior twin sisters April and Anna Davis added 9 digs and 18 assists, respectively. Junior Sydney McDowell had 5 aces.
"THE GIRLS were able to focus and shut down Highland," said the coach. "The stats don't show it, but our serving and aggressive swinging were able to prevent Highland from getting into a rhythm."
Aurora lost Sept. 28 to Hathaway Brown (13-5), 19-25, 25-15, 23-25, 10-25. The junior varsity team won, though, 25-22, 22-25, 25-23.
"There are some matches during a season when it just isn't your night and this was one of them," said Price. "Errors caught up to us, and we let the match slip through our fingers.
"We can't expect to give a team a lot of free points and be successful on our end. Hathaway Brown was a great defensive team and was able to score."
April Davis battled against HB as the libero put up 30 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Morgan Copley led with 14 kills and added 3 aces, as did junior defensive specialist Jordan Parks. Anna Davis had 32 assists and McDowell added 5 blocks.
On Sept. 27, Aurora won 3-1 at Barberton in a league test. Copley excelled with 14 kills and 8 aces.
"We made some very uncharacteristic errors, which led to some easy points in game one for Barberton," noted the coach. "I give props to Barberton for coming in with a very effective game plan."
Anna Davis had 33 assists, April Davis posted 17 digs and Besinger had 3 blocks.
"Luckily we were able to make some changes between sets, which put us in a better position to win," said Price. "I challenged the girls to bring their all the rest of the match, and they answered my call.
"Things seem to be rolling right now; there is no telling how far this team can go."