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Where Are They Now… Florida State Women’s Tennis

Feb. 16, 2005


Kia Asberg – Kia is currently in her fourth year of graduate school, pursuing a doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Central Florida.


Most Memorable experience:

“My most memorable tennis-moment from FSU was when we defeated (read crushed) Miami my senior year. Getting revenge against Iowa, who we had lost to in the NCAA tournament the year before, by clinching the doubles together with Marina Raic, also ranks highly in my book.”


Buffy Baker
– Buffy is entering her fifth season as head coach at Penn State University, having already guided the Nittany Lions to its best ever Big Ten regular season showing and its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament.


My most memorable tennis-moment from FSU was when we defeated (read crushed) Miami my senior year.



Natalie Carratalla
– Natalie is currently teaching a leadership course at Felix Varela Senior High School in Miami. She has been teaching English and coaching the school’s tennis team for the past 2 years. This is experience has been by far her most rewarding. She will be applying to law school for the fall of 2005.


Most memorable experience:

“Playing for Florida State University was a wonderful experience. It allowed me to grow as person and established friendships that I will cherish throughout my lifetime.”


Nanette Duxin
– Nanette lives in Nice, France and works for the ATP in Monaco as a communications coordinator.

Former head coach Patti Henderson


Patti Henderson
– Henderson is in her 10th year as the head coach of the Wisconsin women’s tennis program. She has guided the Badgers to five NCAA tournament appearances and the school’s only Big Ten Conference championship in 1996. Henderson began her collegiate coaching career at her alma mater, Florida State, where she served as the head coach from 1986-91.During her tenure, the Seminoles captured two Metro Conference championships (1988-89 and 1990-91), two runner-up finishes, and Henderson earned conference Coach of the Year honors in 1989 and 1991. Under Henderson, Florida State tallied a 51-44 (.537) mark.


Helena Karlsson
– Helena received her masters a few years ago and is a successful pharmaceutical representative for Eli Lilly in Stockholm, Sweden, specializing in Oncology.


Ann Olsson
– Ann Olsson is now Ann Fogelgren Pedersen. She is married and lives in Denmark with her husband and son (Oliver), born January 16, 2003. Ann has an MBA and is pursuing her doctorate preparing to defend her dissertation soon.


Ali Pool
– Ali is the branch manager for the Port Charlotte Division of Brown & Brown Insurance. Brown & Brown is an independent insurance agency and they sell and service both commercial and personal insurance. Brown & Brown is currently the largest insurance broker in Florida & 8th largest in the United States. She still plays tennis but unfortunately only has time to hit about once every 2 weeks.

Former student-athletes Nanette Duxin and Natalie Carratala

Most memorable experience:
“I do not have a specific event that stands out as my most memorable experience at FSU. I would have to say that the fondest memories I have come from the road trips and time with my team mates. Tennis is an individual sport however at the college level everyone has to come together as a team in order to be successful. Individual wins were exciting however they became very meaningless unless the team as a whole won at the end of the day.”


Marina Raic
– Marina completed her MBA in Miamiand worked for the NASDAQ-100 Open before heading to Europe to work with Fischer Tennis in Austria. She is responsible for International Sales Promotion and Public Relations.

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