Standing well over six feet tall in the eighth grade, expectations as an athlete were high for Abby Studer Garrison ’99. Garrison naturally ended up on the Baylor basketball team, where she was a four-year contributor, but her five-year varsity career in volleyball lands her in the Baylor Sports Hall of Fame.
Called by long-time coach Kurt Emmanuele “one of the most dominating players in the history of Baylor volleyball,” Garrison made the starting lineup as an eighth grader and every year after that. During her career, Baylor compiled a 183-42 record, won two state championships (the first two for Baylor), was runner-up one year, and finished third once. Garrison was the Most Valuable Player at the state tournament in 1998 and won numerous district and regional awards.
As formidable in the classroom as she was at the net, Garrison graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a member of the National Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, and Baylor’s prestigious Round Table. Selected for the Jim Pearce Trip (now the Joe Key Award), Garrison was a Peer Tutor and a member of Habitat for Humanity.
During a three-year volleyball career at Princeton University, Garrison drew national attention for her net play when the Ivy League champion Tigers made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament in 2000. While at Princeton, Garrison was a two-time winner of the Bayley S. Dixon award for outstanding achievement and sportsmanship. In 2001, she was first team All-Ivy League and an Academic All-American. As a team co-captain in 2002, she had a game-high 19 kills in her final Princeton game and left the Tigers ranked second for career blocks with 286, 106 coming during her sophomore year.