Coach Matt Rohring is getting ready to start his second season with the Nation Ford High boys tennis team and his goal exceeds the first winning season for the school, which opened in 2007.
The Falcons finished 5-11 overall last year and were 4-10 in the region.
"Our goal for this year," Rohring said, "is to reverse our record and finish at least 11-5."
Rohring also said they've set a goal to finish in the top three in the region and make the playoffs.
The Falcons have seven starters coming back from last year.
"Many of the players have worked hard over the off-season and have improved their game to become more consistent players," Rohring said. "Our footwork is much better and we continue to work on this every day at practice."
Look for eighth-grader Madison Ott to improve his record this year and be one of the top players in the region.
"He will most likely be our number one as he has been playing in USTA tournaments and is climbing the ranks in the 14 and under [category]," Rohring said.
As for the rest of the lineup, things could look a lot different from last year. "It's going to be really close for our remaining starting spots," the coach predicted. "Challenge matches could be nail biters and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out."
Rohring expects competition in the challenge matches to strengthen the players as a team. The Falcons have increased their roster from 11 to 15, losing a few players from last year.
Seven new players join the team this year and include several young members who have played on the USTA circuit.
"They should be developing nicely into contenders for starting spots if not this year, then next year," Rohring said.