From Leeds to leading Division III tennis

Sara Levering, Copy editor

Ella Riddle, ’18, is among the top 25 players in Division III women’s tennis.

Riddle is majoring in nursing, and her minor is undecided.

She is originally from Leeds, England, but moved to West Linn, Ore. during her junior year of high school.

Riddle has an “aggressive style” and is also passionate about tennis because she has loved the game since she was young.

As a member of the Linfield women’s tennis team, she has learned that “it can bring out the best in you because of the people around you.”

She admits she has played her best tennis since coming to Linfield because of the environment around her by her coaches, and teammates because they are supportive.

Coach Lisa Macy-Baker said Riddle have embodied what it means to be a Wildcat.

Macy-Baker also acknowledges that Riddle is one of the most focused players and hardest workers she has ever coached.

“She has embraced the culture of Linfield and is very active on campus,” by serving as an RA in Hewitt, being a student athlete and plans to rush for a sorority this year.

In Riddle’s spare time, she enjoys long distance running, fitness training and reading.

Ella chose Linfield because of the highly rated nursing program as well as the tennis coaches and the close- knit community that Linfield offers.

Last spring, Riddle was undefeated in conference play. In her national debut last season, she made history as the first Wildcat to get a victory at the NCAA Division III National Championships, making it to the second round and earned the All American title.