Ellie Crum: the physical and mental demands of tennis

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Name: Ellie Crum
Sport: Tennis
Hometown: Great Falls, Mont.
Major: Exercise science
Year in School: Junior

What is the best part of playing singles? Doubles?
The best part of singles is you are the only one out there and you have to figure out a lot on your own, so it is a challenge, but very fun. College doubles is great because you not only have a teammate on the court with you, but it is intense and everyone goes after each other, which makes it exciting.

When and why did you start playing?
I started playing when I was little, maybe four or five. My parents got me started, because both of them played — my mom in high school and my dad as an adult. I really enjoyed it, so I stuck with it.

What is your favorite thing about tennis and why?
My favorite thing about tennis is that it is not only a very physically demanding sport, but mental attitude plays a huge role. Every person you play is a little different, so you always have to be thinking about how you can best use what you have against them.

What do you do to prepare before a match?
Before a match, I always warm up and listen to music. The team also plays a huge role in helping me focus and get pumped up for the match.

Do you plan to continue competing in tennis in the future?
Tennis will always be a part of my life. While I may not compete at the same level I am competing at now, I will definitely be involved in leagues and other tournaments after college.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Time management. Being able to manage your time is key as a student athlete, because you have a lot of athletic and school commitments, and you have to be able to budget your time so that you can be successful and get the most out of both.

Have you received any awards while playing tennis?
My freshman year I was selected to the Second Team All Big Sky Conference and received the sportsmanship award on our team. My sophomore year I was selected to receive the team MVP award.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I love to cook, read, take part in outdoor activities and ski in the winter.

Why did you come to MSU?
I came to MSU because it was somewhere where I could continue to play tennis at the collegiate level and because it had the major I was interested in pursuing in school.

What is your favorite class at MSU and why?
My favorite class at MSU is nutrition because it has been very informative and interesting and I have been able to apply what I have learned to my everyday life.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU tennis?
MSU tennis is fun. The atmosphere is exciting at matches, with a lot of cheering. The two teams are close and we are like a family. If you have never watched a tennis match you should come check it out, because you don’t know what you are missing.