This year's edition of Aurora High boys tennis is gaining experience, and one way to do that is by beating a quality program.
In recent action, the Greenmen defeated Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary 3-2 in a tough non-league battle at Western Reserve Racquet Club.
Senior Brad Kennis won an impressive first singles match 6-1, 6-2 over Mike Chmura. At second singles, junior Dan French also was victorious. French, a returnee along with third singles player Andrew Sobodosh and Kennis, won 6-0, 6-2.
AHS head coach Dania Banc was excited to see Sobodosh win 6-1, 6-1.
Playing for Aurora at first doubles were sophomore Pranav Jayakumar and junior Steven Cravens, who fell 6-4, 6-0. At second doubles, sophomore Ricky John and freshman Izzy Zuckett fought hard in a 7-5, 6-1 loss.
Aurora also lost a couple of Suburban League American Conference games recently -- 4-1 to Medina Highland and 5-0 to Revere.
Against Highland, French was the lone winner for AHS, posting a 6-2, 6-2 verdict. Kennis lost 7-6, 6-2 and Sobodosh fell 6-2, 6-1, while Cravens and Jayakumar lost 7-5, 6-2 and John and Zuckett lost 6-0, 6-0.
Setbacks against Revere included Kennis 6-1, 6-0, French 6-4, 6-2, Sobodosh 6-2, 6-4, Cravens-Jayakumar 6-1, 6-2 and John-Zuckett 6-1, 6-1.
Banc said before the season started that Highland and Revere likely would be the Greenmen's toughest league opponents. In last year's league tournament, those two squads placed second and third, respectively, behind Copley.
Other newcomers to Aurora's varsity include junior Alec Bessinger and sophomore Zach Sender. It is Banc's 10th year coaching the boys, and she has referred to this season "a bit of a rebuilding year."
No other results for last week's competition was available.
In the coming week, AHS is scheduled to host Western Reserve Academy today (April 19), Barberton on April 20, Glen Oak on April 21 and Tallmadge on April 24, all at Western Reserve Racquet and Fitness Club.