Abby Carpenter is the third girl in her family to play tennis for the Lancers. Her older sister, Trish, and middle sister, Kelly, also played. But when the sisters talk about their accomplishments on the court, the youngest Carpenter has bragging rights.
A senior, she recently became the winningest player in the history of the Lafayette girls program, surpassing the record of 148 held by Haleigh Chobanian, who graduated last spring.
“It is great to have had the opportunity to play varsity tennis at Lafayette,” Carpenter said. “Breaking the record is an accomplishment I am very proud of, and I hope that it sets the tone for players that follow me in the future to continue Lafayette’s legacy in women’s tennis.”
Carpenter said she likes being part of a program that has enjoyed success for many years under coach Donna Stauffer and Stauffer’s husband, Scott, who is an assistant coach.
Quality coaching, as well as competing with talented athletes, has helped Carpenter with her game.
“I have been fortunate to be surrounded by great players at Lafayette my entire career, and it has been great being part of a highly competitive team in the state every year,” Carpenter said.
“They (Chobanian and Carpenter) were together on a team with several other players who went to state as individuals, and went to state as a team in 2011,” Stauffer said. “Having those players together helped them to push each other to great accomplishments and gave the program extremely good depth.”
Coming into this year, Carpenter was 137-21 with a 60-3 record in singles and a 77-18 mark in doubles.
The Lancers are off to a good start this season. The team is strong and looks to remain good in the future.
“This year’s team is very promising with a lot of young talent and experienced players,” Carpenter said. “We also have many great players coming in next year so Lafayette will stay a strong team after I leave.
“Our team goal is to defeat Rock Bridge at sectionals and go to state. We will also have to face Marquette at districts and they will be tough competition for us to face as well. My individual goal is to perform the best that I can at state and return to the podium.”
A trip to state with the team and as an individual are well within her reach.