Padgett also comes from a military family with her father an Air Force vet, while her grandfather was in the Army. She chose active duty in the Navy so she could travel and see the world, but also plans to take college classes while she is enlisted. Both Indians also hope to go into nursing one day, and both will be reporting together to Chicago on August 19.
“Our recruiters knew that we were really good friends,” said Padgett. “Stephanie actually signed on before me and we had two different dates. But they changed it so we could go in together.”
On the court, Abraham has been playing first singles for Amesbury since she was a sophomore, while Padgett played second singles last year. Both are the only current players who were on the squad when coach Brett Manoloff took over the rebuilding program four years ago.
“Madison and Stephanie exemplify the fun, hard-working ethics of Amesbury girls tennis,” Manoloff said. “They have been an integral part of the rebuilding of the program and I am honored to be their coach. I am proud of their individual and team accomplishments and am indebted to them for their upcoming service to our country. I will miss them both and hope that my four nieces will grow up to be as honorable and humorous as they.”
But before they leave, these future sailors say they will be bringing their all to the their final season, but perhaps with a more militant style.
“Stephanie and I are going to definitely make up some intense warm-ups for the girls,” said Padgett. “We’re going to get creative.”
“This year we’re hoping to be the best that we can be,” said Abraham. “But we are also trying to set up a foundation for next year. We want to leave knowing that we set them up to succeed. We didn’t just do things in the moment.”