Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi

Emma Ridley

An Outstanding Islander

Outline photo of Emma Ridley

Set for Victory
Islander volleyball player Emma Ridley was taught by her father to always give 100 percent. Ridley, who stands tall at 5’ 11,” has taken that advice to the court as an outside hitter. The junior majoring in business management and communications transferred to the Island University this fall after two seasons with the University of Tulsa’s Golden Hurricanes. While there, she helped the team to the Conference USA Tournament Title. In her short time as an Islander, she has developed a relationship built on trust and respect with her volleyball teammates and coaches. Ridley, whose signature move is the ball spike, aspires for a conference title at the Island University next year. In eighth grade, Ridley decided to get serious about volleyball and went on to play for the Sunnyslope High School Vikings in Phoenix, Ariz., where she led her team to a state championship her senior year with 41 consecutive wins. She was named First Team All-State and All-Region her senior season and Region MVP and Phoenix “Player of the Year.” She has always admired her older sister, Ashanti Taylor, who played on the California State University, Long Beach Forty-Niners volleyball team. Ridley loves the beach at the front doorway of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. After graduation, Ridley wants to run her own boutique. She’s already had first-hand experience helping her Aunt Lee Ann run her boutique outside Amarillo, Texas, and going to markets in Dallas, Texas, and Las Vegas, Nev. In her free time, Ridley enjoys spending time outdoors at the beach or pool, shopping and visiting with friends.

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