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 competitions.
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.