It very well could be a case of the rich getting richer.
In addition to returning the defending City League champion, Heights' boys tennis team is getting an international boost.
Falcons junior Saif Khan will be joined by seniors Mateo Cabezas from Ecuador and Dani Corominas from Spain.
The two didn't know each other before they went to Heights as foreign-exchange students.
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"We just became friends here," Cabezas said. "We play soccer and now we're playing tennis. We have the same interests in sports."
Both Cabezas and Corominas said their roles have yet to be defined, but with 12 players out for the team, coach Paul Biays will be trying to find the right combinations before Tuesday's home match against East at Edgemoor Park.
Biays said that Khan and Cabezas should provide a good 1-2 punch at the top of the lineup.
"Khan and Mateo are pretty even head-to-head," Biays said, "and Dani is our third player."
Biays said that Cabezas' strengths are consistency and quickness, and said Corominas is an athletic, hard hitter.
Cabezas said his main strength is an ability to get his opponent to make errors.
If he has one strength, Corominas said, it stems from advice his father has repeated over and over since he was small.
"Be smart," he said. "My dad loves tennis and always plays tennis, you have to know when you have to do the things. When you are losing, never think that you are losing, and think, think, think."
Cabezas said that one difference in U.S. tennis is there are more good players and the importance placed on the sport in high school and college.
Basketball guard Aaron DeGrafenread is a tennis team member, and Biays also is expecting senior Tyler Engle to be an important part of the team, which lost one player to graduation.
"I had to practice and play games outside, and it was so cold at 8 in the morning. You can't even breathe."