JUNIOR YEAR | 2013: One of just four Falcons to play in all 120 sets...started 18 matches, including 13 at the libero position...debuted in eighth on the program's Division I single-season list with 295 total digs...recorded a career-best 31 digs against Army, becoming just the second Air Force Division I player to surpass the 30-dig mark in a single match...added 27 digs in the Falcons' victory over Navy...surpassed the 10-dig mark in eight additional matches, including back-to-back 19-dig performances against UC Irvine and Texas A&M Corpus Christi...posted the team's top dig total in four matches...led the team with 21 service aces...recorded a season-best three aces against UC Irvine...accounted for multi-ace contests four more times...tallied 39 assists on the season, highlighted by a career-best five helpers at UNLV...recorded kills against Texas A&M Corpus Christi and at Wyoming.
SOPHOMORE YEAR | 2012: Played in 96 sets...was in the starting lineup against BYU, Navy and all four matches of the Air Force/Colorado Invitational...ranked second on the team in service aces (18)...collected 121 digs, which was ranked fourth on the team...tallied a career-high four aces against North Dakota State, highlighted by a span of three straight...added a season-best 10 digs in that match...tallied a second multi-ace match (three) against Colorado...recorded at least one ace during every match of the Air Force/Colorado Invitational...recorded 19 assists on the year, highlighted by a career-best four against Nevada.
FRESHMAN YEAR | 2011: Saw action in 87 sets...was in the starting rotation for seven matches...ranked third on the team with 148 digs and a 1.70 digs-per-set average...posted a career-best 14 digs at Denver...also recorded double-digit dig totals against South Carolina Upstate (12), Northern Colorado (12) and TCU (10)...ranked third on the team with 17 service aces...tallied a career-best three against Navy...added multi-ace matches against UNLV and Bryant...recorded 13 assists...posted a season-best two against Utah Valley and Seattle...collected her first collegiate kill against Seattle.
HIGH SCHOOL | CLUB TEAM: Allen High School...coached by Kelly Gregoriew...earned three varsity letters in volleyball...member of the 2009 Texas 8-5A district championship team...played on two Texas 8-5A bi-district championship teams...two-time Texas 8-5A all-district first-team selection (2009, 2010)...also earned all-district second-team honors as a sophomore...earned High School Academic All-America honorable mention status from PrepVolleyball.com as a senior...also named to the 2010 Texas Girls Coaches Association All-Academic Volleyball Team...two-time lonestarvolleyball.com All-Texas Team selection...also named Outstanding Libero/Defensive Specialist (honorable mention) by lonestarvolleyball.com as a junior...two-time defensive MVP for high school team...named to the Texas Open all-tournament team in 2008 and 2009...member of the National Honor Society...received the Top 10% Award...earned the AP Scholar Award...two-time Allen High School Eagle Scholar award winner...nominee for the Kiwanis National Sophomore of the Year award...competed at the club level for Dallas Premier...coached by Mike Minnis...member of the team that won the 2011 USAVV Lone Star Classic JNQ 18 Open...the 18 Open squad also won the USAV Northern Lights JNQ and the USAV Tour of Texas in 2011...played on the 17 Open team that won the bronze medal at the 2010 USAV Junior National Championships...also won the USAV Lone Star Classic JNQ in 2010 as a member of the 17 Open squad.
PERSONAL: Full name is Emma Elizabeth Dridge...nickname is "Erma"...daughter of William and Katie Dridge...has three younger sisters - Claire, Erin and Annie...majoring in biology...future plans include working in the acquisition or contracting field and then attending medical school...served as Element Leader, Squadron Superintendent, Ring Dance Cadet-in-Charge and Squadron Executive Officer...Academy representative for the Mountain West Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC)...became one of the first two SAAC members to attend the conference's Board of Directors' Meeting in June 2014...hobbies include being outdoors, reading and spending time with family...plays the viola...served as cadre for Expeditionary Survival and Evasion Training (ESET) over the summer...also assisted with Falcon Sports Camps and traveled to Florida and Texas during leave...greatest personal moment in sports comes from winning the Lone Star Qualifier two years in a row...has three relatives that graduated from service academies and are currently serving in the military - Lt Kristin Dridge (U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Class of 2003 / U.S. Navy Reserve), Lt Eric Dridge (U.S. Naval Academy, Class of 2006 / U.S. Navy) and Lt JG Rachel Dridge (U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Class of 2008 / U.S. Coast Guard)...member of Cadet Squadron 18.