Sept. 30, 2011
With a preseason ranking of No.40, junior Noemie Scharle is expecting great things from herself this season. Before she can step out on the court and begin her quest, let’s get to know her first.
Q: Do you get mad when people pronounce your name wrong?
A: It should be pronounced like “no-amy”, but nobody ever knows how to say it. Even if I’m just sitting in class and the professor calls on me, they stumble a little bit trying to figure it out, but I just say Naomi. Most people don’t know how to say it so I don’t really mind it.
Q: Are there any pre-match rituals that you go through?
A: I think I’m the one on the team that has the least routines before a match. We are usually very team-oriented before a match, but sometimes I listen to music. It pumps me up. If I do, it’s definitely Michael Jackson. It’s good to listen to some `beat it’ before a match.
Q: If you were Batman, who on the team would be Robin?
A: Probably, Francesca Segarelli. I consider her to be like my sister. We’ve been here since the beginning of our collegiate careers, we live together and we do everything together.
Q: What is one thing that’s unique about the team?
A: We all come from different cultures, so there is always something to laugh about- we all have different accents and we pretty much make fun of each other a lot. We’re all pretty interesting. But it’s pretty cool to have friends from all over the world.
Q: How many racquets do you go through in a year?
A: Because we play on hard court, we’re constantly scratching them from hitting shots. I got six new racquets last year and I had to change them all for this year. But that’s normal.
Q: What is something that Coach Hyde tells you all the time?
A: When we have a team meeting before a match, Coach Hyde will always say “Okay guys, we’re here. Pack your lunch, pitch your tent!” It’s funny because she’s so pumped up and excited that she always says the same things. It’s great.
Q: When did you first start to play tennis and was there anyone that inspired you to do it?
A: I started playing when I was four because my mom used to be a tennis coach. So, instead of getting a nanny, I went with my mom to the courts all the time. I picked up a racquet one day and started hitting against the wall and I got really into it.
Q: What is the greatest thing about Tallahassee?
A: I’m from France and food is really big for me, so it’s tough finding a comparable restaurants, but I love eating at Clusters and Hops. It’s unbelievable. That’s my place to go.
Q: What is something that is with you at all times?
A: I have a chain that is my lucky charm. I don’t always wear it, but I always have it with me.
Q: Twitter or Facebook?
A: Well, I don’t even know how Twitter works, but I’m not really a social media type of person.
Q: Name your proudest FSU moment?
A: I would have to say last year when I helped team advance to the ACC Championship Finals. It was a lot of pressure, but at the same time I was really confident. I can’t even explain how I felt after something like that. We were all so emotional after and all I could think was “wow, I did this for my team.” There were so many more feelings there than if it was just an individual tournament. It’s more about the team and those are the best moments.
Q: What is the best thing about being a student athlete at Florida State?
A: There are a lot of good things, but I consider myself lucky to get my schooling paid for. We don’t have that in Europe and it’s awesome that so much is put into sports over here. I love it.
Q: If you could trade places with anyone for a week, who would it be?
A: I would have to say a tennis player, like Roger Federer. Just to live with that feeling of playing in front of so many people playing tennis, that feeling would be unbelievable.