“I think the 2010-11 season will continue to be a rebuilding year,” Hansen said. “We will have a new coach for this coming year. While the coach has not been announced, they are working hard to get new recruits that can make an immediate impact.”
Off the court, Hansen has faced the challenge of completing her nursing degree while balancing a full load of practices that comes with being a Division I athlete. She must attend clinical, classes, and still find time to make it to practice and travel with the team to matches.
“It is tough,” she said. “Most college coaches at the D1 do not like to recruit nursing students due to the intense course load and demanding clinical. College tennis does not have much of an offseason as we play tournaments and have an increased focused on cardio and strength training. During the main (spring) season we often play one night during the week and travel Friday through Sunday.
“Because most of the conference is in Georgia, the Carolinas, and Florida, we travel a lot. Having said that, the adjustment hasn’t been too difficult. Playing in the USTA Jr. program growing up required me to travel most weekends to tournaments and practice five days a week so I had already developed pretty good time-management skills.”