Karpos has opportunity to set new standard for MBA tennis

Monday, April 29, 2013 at 10:34pm

Andrew Karpos hopes to add a little more polish to his already impressive résumé at Montgomery Bell Academy.

In its tennis-rich history, MBA has won nine state team championships, including the last three.

Never, though, has any player been a member of four straight team titles. Karpos, a senior, can claim charter membership in that club if MBA again wins the Division II crown.

“It’s something I’m certainly aware of, but I’m trying not to think about it,” Karpos said Friday after winning his semifinal match at at the 39th Carter Invitational. “I just want our team to keep playing well and competing at its best.”

MBA once again has established itself as the best team in Nashville, and Karpos cherishes every minute of his senior season.

“I have really enjoyed all the camraderie and chemistry on this team, we are very close,” he said. “I have really enjoyed my four years of MBA tennis.

“It looks like [Memphis University School] may be our toughest hurdle, but there are several good teams out there.”

Karpos has been accepted to the University of Virginia for honors classes but won’t play tennis. He also was accepted to Southern Cal, where his brother Alex is a junior, and was waitlisted for Harvard.

“I was fortunate in that I was in a tennis group with [standout junior players] Maxx Lipman [of Brentwood High] and Sean Karl [of Ravenwood], and playing with guys like that really helped my game,” Karpos said. “We are all good friends.”

Said his mother Lisa, one of the Carter Invitational hostesses: “Among his tennis playing friends, Andrew is about 80 percent social and 20 percent tennis. He is very gregarious and loves to interact. And he’s an excellent student.”

In his four seasons competing in the Carter tournament, Karpos won at No. 6 singles his freshman year, he was runner-up at No. 4 singles his sophomore year and won at No. 4 last year as a junior.

On Friday, he notched two straight-set victories to reach No. 3 finals. When heavy rains came Saturday, his finals match — and all other remaining singles and doubles matches — were cancelled.

MBA finished third in the tournament with 9½ points, behind winning St. Xavier (Ky.) with 12 and MUS with 10.

In addition to his three team rings, Karpos also collected a state doubles championship in 2011 when, as a sophomore, he and Russell Anderson teamed to capture that title.

“In all my years of coaching, I cannot think of anyone that has more leadership qualities under the age of 18 to 20 than Andrew,” coach Tom Boysen, whose first two MBA teams have won state championships, said. “He is a terrific person and there’s no better representative of our team than he is. He has won our coaches award the past two years.”

The path to this year’s state tournament begins with region singles and doubles matches at Chattanooga Girls Prep School on Friday and Saturday.

Karpos cited long-time Westside Club pro Peter van Lingen as one the leading influences on his tennis.

“He taught me so much about not just tennis but lessons in life. I’m grateful for having the chance to work with him,” Karpos, who wrote a biography paper in a class on Van Lingen this semester, said.

Asked what he grade he got for the paper, he said: “I don’t know, I haven’t gotten the paper back yet.”

A good guess would be an ‘A’ — the same as his tennis game.