March 6, 2000
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State University men’s and women’s
tennis programs were on hand Monday morning at the Scott Speicher Tennis
Center to help young, local Special Olympians prepare for future tennis
The clinic took place on the home courts of the Seminoles and
lasted for over an hour. Members of both teams conducted drills and played
games in an effort to teach various elements of the game to more than 75
young tennis players. The Seminoles broke off into pairs and each guided a
group of 10-15 athletes through various exercises and games.
“I think the kids had a good time today,” said FSU sophomore men’s
tennis player Noah Schnell. “I know we did. We might even have had a
better time than they did. It was just a nice day to be out on the courts
and to teach some of the things we know about tennis to such an interested
and willing group.”
Lady Seminole season wins leader Kia Asberg worked with freshman
standout Rodrigo Laub and the duo worked with the Special Olympians on
controlling their racket and hitting forehand shots. The combo of men’s
season wins leader Xavier Luscan and the Lady Seminole’s No. 2 player
junior Nanette Duxin, worked together to teach the youngsters proper
footwork and serving techniques.
The Seminoles concluded the morning training clinic with an
autograph session. At one end of the stadium, freshman Joe Bassett and
Asberg were signing as fast as they could while the kids ran back and forth
from them to the other end of the court, where sophomore Jeff Scarella and
junior Chad Mooney were signing.
“The kids seemed to be really into the autographs,” said Schnell.
“It’s nice to see their excitement over the game of tennis and to see how
much they enjoy learning and playing.”
The FSU men’s tennis team participated in the clinic before
departing for the airport to travel to Texas to face the Longhorns in a
match scheduled for Wednesday, March 8th at 2:00 p.m. The FSU women’s
tennis team will remain in town this week and will host Baylor University
on Wednesday at 11:00 a.m. and Tulane University on Thursday at 11:00 a.m.
Both teams have nine wins on the season and are looking to continue win
streaks. The FSU women’s tennis team is 9-2 and has won seven consecutive
matches, while the men’s team is 9-1 and has won eight matches in a row.