Q&A Tennis On Campus Club of the Year
The Lone Star College – CyFair club tennis team isn’t your typical Tennis On Campus program. This small community college may not be as well-known as universities such as Duke, UCLA or Penn State however the LSC-CyFair program does stand out in a very different way, which is why they have been named the 2011 Tennis On Campus Club of the Year.
Q: What separates your team from the rest of the Tennis On Campus clubs?
Jimmy Nguyen (Team Captain): I think one of the most noticeable differences is that we are a community college, and not a private college or a four-year university. At a community college, people have a tendency to just go from the parking lot, to the classroom and back to the parking lot. To ensure we spend a sufficient amount of time together as a team, we practice three days a week on campus. Everything for us is voluntary and yet we still get people to come out and play tennis.
Anna Juaneza: The amount we give back to the community and to the sport of tennis is definitely a unique aspect that separates us from other teams. The passion we have for tennis can be seen through the amount of time we spend promoting the sport and teaching it to local kids attending Lieder Elementary (Title I Elementary School).
Q: What is your favorite thing to do as a team?
Jimmy Nguyen: Obviously other than playing tennis, we also like to hang out, play games and eat. Off the court, our team is very social; we'll have game nights at each other's houses or go to the movies as a team.
Q: Is there one match/tournament that is most memorable or significant to your team?
Jimmy Nguyen: The LSC-CyFair Invitational is a favorite among players on our team since it’s a tournament we host every year. We invite area schools to participate in the tournament and it’s a great opportunity for singles and doubles players to test their skills.
Q: How was your Tennis On Campus club formed?
Tim Sebesta (Sponsor/Coach): During the fall of 2004, I began forming a team that held unofficial hitting sessions during the late afternoon and early evening hours. We began competing in the spring of 2005 against other area club programs and LSC-CyFair formally became involved in Tennis On Campus in the spring of 2006.
Q: What advice would you give to other Tennis On Campus club teams?
Jimmy Nguyen: Friendship builds a strong team. We're far from being the best team skill-wise, but our players share special bonds and have trust in one another. You can have all the talent in the world, but it won't get you anywhere in Tennis On Campus without friendship.
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