AURORA -- Greenmen boys tennis veteran head coach Dania Banc knew this spring would be a challenge against the elite programs in the league, but the Greenmen have shown flashes this season.
Losing five seniors to graduation, Aurora is young and inexperienced in spots. But the Greenmen are 6-6 in all matches and are 2-3 in the Suburban League's American Conference.
"We've had a rough time competing against the stronger teams in our league, but the boys have been playing tough," said Banc. "We have had matches nearly every day since the season started. I don't think we are deep enough yet," referring to the top clubs in the Suburban League.
Aurora is prepping for the league tournament, which is set for April 28. After a league match April 24 against Tallmadge, Aurora hosts Twinsburg on April 26 and visits Beachwood on April 27.
"We are young in the doubles spots, but I look for the boys to get their confidence up this year and work in the off season to improve their games," said the coach.
The Greenmen returned senior Brad Kennis and juniors Dan French and Andrew Sobodosh from last year. That trio fills in at the singles spots.
Newcomers to Auro-ra's varsity roster include juniors Alec Bessinger and Steven Cravens, sophomore Pranav Jayakumar and freshman Izzy Zuckett. Sophomores Ricky John and Zach Sender are also in the mix.
"The singles guys this year have been impressive, pulling out some big wins and some upsets,"said Banc. "Kennis pulled out a win last week against GlenOak that enabled us to win the match. He won the first set and then was down 0-5 in the second set, but came back to win the second set 7-5."
French has been strong as well, losing only two matches all spring. "Sobodosh has been fighting hard and winning when the team needs him to," added the mentor.
Aurora has had some big wins this year -- over Kent Roosevelt, Barberton, Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary, Nordonia and GlenOak. "We'll likely go into the league tournament being 3-3 in the league and this is exactly where I expected us to be this year," noted the coach.
Copley, Medina Highland and Revere are expected to be the top clubs in the American Conference. "We have had some good wins, but can't quite get the great wins," the coach said.