Kyle Koch still has work to do.
Chapin's No. 1 singles tennis player has dozens of solo victories and championships to his credit and is one of the top players on the state's USTA junior circuit. But he will not be satisfied until the Eagles (17-0) reach their goal of winning a Class 3A championship.
"Coach (John) Rodgers has been coaching for over 30 years. He's one of the best coaches in the state, and we want to win one for him," said Koch, a junior.
The Eagles been near the top of Class 3Ain recent seasons in part because they have benefited from consistent leadership, Rodgers said.
Koch, who joined the team as a seventh-grader and started out at No. 2 singles, has been in the No. 1 slot the past three seasons. Before him, William Horton held the top spot for four seasons.
Talent has not been an issue, yet the Eagles have not made it past the third round of the playoffs in Koch's four years on the team.
The Eagles were eliminated by Riverside in the second round last year.
"We got a little cocky going into the playoffs, and we lost some matches that we should have won," Koch said. "No win is automatic. You have to go out there and play the match your best because anything could happen."
Koch is undefeated this season, recording victories in tough matches against opponents from Spring Valley, Blythewood and Irmo.
"He has really matured as a player," said Rodgers, praising Koch's work ethic. "He just really enjoys tennis and has a tremendous will to win."
While Koch is aiming to become one of the top 50 USTA juniors in the nation, that goal can wait.
The Class 3A playoffs begin today, with the Eagles playing host to Greenville.
"The record in the regular season has nothing to do with the playoffs," Koch said. He'll play his match tonight like any other, "go out there and try to get off the court as soon as possible and go watch my teammates play."
He hopes they will be playing for the next 10 days, which would put them in the state final May 15 at the Palmetto Tennis Center in Sumter.
The team's motto is "not done yet." Koch - and Chapin - have work left to do.