Athlete Profile: Ellie Crum

Sport:  Tennis
Name:  Ellie Crum
Hometown:  Great Falls, Mont.
Major:  Exercise science
Year in School: Sophomore
How long involved in tennis:  15 years

Do you play singles or doubles and which do you prefer?
I play both and prefer singles.

Why did you start playing?
My parents both played and started us as kids and we kept with it.

What is your favorite thing about tennis?
I like the challenge of being out there by myself; I get to figure things out on my own.  I am my own coach and I hold things in my own hands.

What is your motivation before a match?
The team.  We are pumped up to music while we warm up.  It gets us ready to go.

Are you planning to continue competing in tennis after graduation?
Tennis will definitely be a part of my life for the rest of it. I don’t know about competing at a higher level, but I will stay involved. Tennis will always be there.

Why did you come to Montana State?
It had what I wanted for school and tennis.  I wanted to continue playing and it had the major I was interested in, which was a big part because it is what I will be doing for the rest of my life.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Organization and managing my time. School and sports are both time consuming and you have to find the balance between them to be successful at both.

Do you have any awards or achievements you have received while involved in tennis?
Last year I made the second Big Sky All-Conference team.

Do you have an inspirational person or quote?
“Extraordinary people do ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

Do you have any other hobbies/activities/interests?
I like to cook and ski.

What is your favorite class at MSU?

Is there anything else you would like to tell students/readers about MSU tennis?
Tennis can be exciting to watch at the college level.  The matches are very competitive and there is a lot of cheering.