Karen Kennington Athlete Profile | BYU Cougar Club

Karen Kennington Athlete Profile

Karen Kennington

Karen Kennington
Hall of Fame: 1988

  • 1988 Women's Tennis


  • USTA 1978

1988 Hall of Fame Inductee

The Cougar Hall of Fame Award caps a long list of honors for Karen Kennington Jeppson, BYU's first female All-American tennis player.

In 1972-73 she won the Intermountain Junior Championship and served as captain of the Intermountain Section team. She was undefeated during her high school years at Hillcrest H.S. in Midvale.

After entering BYU in the autumn of 1975, Karen played at the top of the Cougar ladder in both singles and doubles for four years. She was named All-conference each year.

She won the Western Regionals, the Intermountain Tennis Conference Championships, and the WAC Invitational.

She was champion of the LDS All-Church Tennis Tournament five consecutive years in her age group, and was Utah's representative to Seventeen magazine's national tournament three times.

In 1977 Karen was nationally ranked fifth in doubles and was chosen to play on the U.S. Junior Federation Cup Team. She was named All-America by the United States Tennis Association for 1977 and 1978.

Karen has been honored a much for her exceptional sportsmanship as for her outstanding playing skills.

While in high school she was twice the recipient of the McIntosh Sportsmanship Award. In 1977 she was given the David L. Freed Award for being the female tennis player in the state of Utah who best exemplified good sportsmanship and superior performance on the court. That same year she was honored by the Utah Retardation Society.

The highlight of her collegiate career came in 1979 when she received the first Leona B. Holbrook Spirit of Sport Award, the highest honor BYU confers on a female athlete. She graduated in 1982 with a degree in physical education.