The beginning of 2016 is upon us, and the men’s tennis team has started their spring season.

Looking back on last season, the Bucs should not be ashamed. Coming out with an overall 17-8 record and an outstanding 7-0 conference finish, the Bucs are looking to do even better in both conference and non-conference play this season.

Last season, the team was 1-7 against nationally ranked teams; notably — but not limited to — Virginia Tech, Wake Forest and Georgia Tech University.

The season opener this year on Wednesday, Jan. 13 was against No.43 Georgia Tech with a tough loss of 4-3, which is an improvement after losing to Georgia Tech 1-6 last season.

Head coach Yaser Zaatini sees that this team is already proving to be competitive, and it’s encouraging to see. The men have had a nine-year conference championship winning run, and with four seniors graduating, they hope to achieve another conference win as well as an NCAA championship.

“Every season you start from scratch,” Zaatini said, “but seeing that the seniors know the end is soon is making them work even harder. We want them to leave their legacy.”

Junior David Biosca agrees with Zaatini in that the seniors are special.

“They are very important and have the experience that betters this team,” Biosca said.

Last season, Biosca won his singles match at No.15 Virginia Tech, and he knows he is capable of winning against those tough opponents in the 2016 season. Biosca personally wants to continue to practice hard to be better for this “very good, solid team.”