Jan. 18, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. -
The Providence College tennis team has signed three incoming freshmen who will join the Friars next fall. Taylor Ahlborn, Allison Carnall and Katherine Ripple are the first three players to commit to PC as part of what Head Coach Kyle LaBranche believes will be a very large and talented freshman class.
Ahlborn, a native of Minneapolis, Minn., has played at the number one slot all four years of high school and is ranked #25 in the Northern Section. Taylor is also a member of the National Honors Society and several other extracurricular activities and clubs. She is the daughter of Tracey and Tracey Ahlborn and has one younger brother, Tanner.
Carnall is from Hatfield, Mass. where she plays number one for Frontier Regional High School. Carnall boasts a record of 35-1 through her junior season. She has reached the Western Massachusetts individual finals and semi-finals. Carnall also won the MIAA Sportsmanship Award for spring 2010 and has achieved high honors every semester of high school. Carnall is the daughter of Pam and Rich Carnall and has one older sister, Samantha, who plays tennis for the University of Delaware.
Ripple, also a Massachusetts native (Hingham, Mass.), was captain of the Hingham High School varsity tennis team during both her junior and senior seasons. As a sophomore, she was named team MVP after compiling a league leading 23-0 record. Ripple has helped her team reach the Massachusetts State Championship match the past two seasons and was the recipient of the Patriot League Outstanding Sportsmanship Award. In addition to tennis, Katherine was also a point guard on her high school basketball team and a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to major in Elementary/Special Education at PC. Ripple is the daughter of John and Joan Ripple and has an older brother enrolled at Villanova.