Abby Nordgren, “The Silent Killer,” as she was sometimes called by former teammates, heads the Stansbury girls tennis team as the No. 1 singles player, playing in her fourth and final year as a Stallion.
Nordgren got the nickname silent killer because even though she is quiet, she always seems to get the job done.
“She would come up with shots out of nowhere,” said Jacob Jones, Stansbury High School girls tennis coach. “That’s kind of her personality. Out of nowhere she’s going to pull out whatever she needs to do to win the match, and she’s going to face everything with determination.”
Nordgren has been a member of the SHS tennis team since she was a freshman, but tennis doesn’t end there for her. She loves the sport and puts in the work outside of practice.
“I realized if I wanted to [be No. 1 singles], I had to put in the outside work,” Nordgren said. “I played a lot of matches, I exercise and I take a lot of shots.”
Nordgren also loves watching the sport. Any chance she gets, she watches the professionals to see how they play and tries to mimic what they do on the court. She’s even had a chance to meet several players and attend tournaments. She lives and breathes tennis outside of the tennis courts at SHS.
“Year in, year out she plays as long as she can,” Jones said. “It’s huge to have that kind of example on the team, and to have it pay off with the success that she’s had is nice because we can say to the girls, ‘If you want to get better, this is what you’ve got to put in.’”
Jones said Nordgren’s determination will propel her into life with plenty of success.
“She’ll be determined to succeed on her own terms,” he said. “She’s not going to let anybody get in her way. She’ll do things the way she wants to do them, and she’s coachable. She’ll listen to what people ask her to do, and she’ll work at it.”
But SHS tennis isn’t the only place where Nordgren is No. 1. She’s also first soprano on the SHS show choir. Most of the performances for the show choir take place during Christmastime and later. She’s had the opportunity to perform at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, and then competition performances start in the spring.
Nordgren said her time at SHS on the tennis team and at the school have meant a lot to her. She said it’s been the perfect stepping stone into life.
“I’ve been able to grow and learn a lot about myself,” she said. “My hobbies and experiences have helped me as I go into college and in life.”
She said she’s not quite sure yet where she wants to go to school next year, but she does want to go to college, get her degree, find a career and start a family.
The next chance to see Nordgren in action on the tennis court will be on Tuesday when the Stallions visit Tooele.