They had a stellar season in 2017.
Now the Lady Greenmen are looking for an encore.
The Aurora girls tennis team finished 14-5 overall and 4-2 in the Suburban League American Conference last fall. The Lady Greenmen also placed second in the American Conference at the Suburban League Tournament.
Aurora will need some players to fill some voids in singles and doubles.
One of those spots is first singles, which was occupied by Brianna Rawlings last year. Rawlings, who finished 16-6 and was the conference runner-up at first singles, recently moved to Bradenton, Florida, to train for track and field at IMG Academy. Rawlings finished seventh in the long jump at the 2018 state meet during the spring.
The Lady Greenmen also suffered a key loss at third singles. Amanda Hsieh, a 2018 graduate, was the runner-up at third singles at the Suburban League tournament.
Also graduating was Caroline Scarazzo, who was part of Aurora’s first doubles’ team that finished third at the Suburban League Tournament.
However, the well is certainly not dry for the Lady Greenmen, according to 13th-year head coach Dania Rinicella.
"We have a lot of talent this year," she said. "I’m excited for all of the young players we added to the roster."
Aurora has four returning players back in the mix. They are seniors Bella Burdick and Mia Bizjak and juniors Dottie Horvat and Olivia French.
Burdick was a member of the Lady Greenmen’s first doubles team that finished third at the 2017 Suburban League Tournament.
Bizjak and French played second doubles and took second at the Suburban League competition. Horvat was a steady force at second singles last year. She won two matches in 2017 Division I sectional play and took third at the Suburban League tournament.
Aurora also features three first-year varsity players. They are junior Skylar Joslyn and sophomores Quincy Bizjak and Norah O’Callaghan.
Also expected to see some varsity action are juniors Krista Guerini and Diana Abbass and freshmen Hayley Joslyn and Juliana Malinowski.
Rinicella’s assistant is Angie Lewis, who enters her second year with the team.
The Lady Greenmen may not have a dominant player in the lineup. However, Aurora appears to be solid as a rock in every spot.
"I am seven strong on varsity and will be mixing all players between singles and doubles depending on the teams we play," Rinicella said.
Highland captured the American Conference championship last fall.
"We have a very tough schedule this year, but look to be pretty competitive in league play," Rinicella said.
The Lady Greenmen are set to make their 2018 debut against Rocky River next Tuesday at Barrington Golf Club. Play is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.
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