Oct. 22, 2004
Tallahassee, Fla. – Senior Amberly Tantee (Dana Point, CA/Futures) began her final season in the Garnet and Gold a little over a month ago. The California girl has been on the East Coast for the last three years and is looking forward to the season ahead and a new beginning under new women’s tennis head coach Jennifer Hyde.
Sports Information: When did you start playing tennis?
Amberly Tantee: I started playing tennis when I was six years old
SI: Do you have any pre-match rituals or superstitions?
AT: I have superstitious things that I do the night before. I usually try and eat the same thing and go to bed at the exact same time. When we’re playing a tournament, I have to put things in the exact same place like a rubber band or something like that.
SI: What do you hope to achieve in your final season at FSU?
AT: Building on our success from last year, I really think we can make the sweet 16. I like the new coaching staff and just want to enjoy the time I have left at FSU and have fun.
SI: Do you prefer singles or doubles?
AT: There are good things about both. Singles is what I have always liked the most because you depend on yourself. But since I have gotten to college, I have really enjoyed doubles especially with the college atmosphere – people getting in the match and getting loud – it’s a more exciting.
SI: Which school do you enjoy playing the most?
AT: Miami, Florida, and Auburn are probably the three biggest ones. Our former assistant coach Brian Burdette knows all of the coaches from Auburn, so we got a little thing going on with them. I enjoy playing Miami and Florida, of course, for obvious reasons.
SI: In your 4 years at Florida State, what has been your greatest achievement?
AT: My biggest achievement was probably the 2003 season when we played Duke and North Carolina and I sweep the weekend.
SI: What is the most important thing you have learned from the FSU coaching staff?
AT: I have improved my time management skills and also improved my work ethic. College, in general. Helps to better your time management skills. Things like morning practice, where you have to have stuff done the night before in order to get up early and not be late.
SI: Do you have any thoughts on your new coach?
AT: It has been great so far. She has definitely been putting her foot down, making us work hard right off of the bat. It is a little nerve racking because get used to having the same coach for a couple of years and you get into a routine then you come back from summer vacation and you expect the same thing, but this year has been a little different. We have been out there early in the morning, doing a lot more running and have a new weight program. It is a fresh change for the whole team.
SI: What other sport would you like to play at FSU?
SI: What are you gong to miss most about playing at FSU?
AT: I am going to miss the whole atmosphere and having my teammates around. They are also my eight or nine closest friends and I’m going to miss seeing them everyday.
SI: What are your plans after you graduate?
AT: Probably go to graduate school to study architecture or maybe move back to California.