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Old Jul 6th, 2010, 04:59 PM   #38
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Middle Tennessee St. coach goes to Baylor

Former Middle Tennessee State head coach named BU assistant coach

June 30, 2010

WACO, Texas - Former All-American and all-SEC selection Alison Ojeda has been named an assistant coach of Baylor's women's tennis program head coach Joey Scrivano announced today. Ojeda spent the last five seasons as the head coach at Middle Tennessee State University.

"We are extremely excited to have Alison join our coaching staff, she brings a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to our program," Scrivano said. "Her positive attitude and vibrant personality are contagious and will be an asset to our team. I have a lot of respect for what she has done as a head coach at MTSU, taking that program to the next level. We're thrilled to have her join the Baylor Tennis family."

A former All-American and WTA player, Ojeda inherited an MTSU team with just two returning players in 2005, but brought the program back to the national rankings in 2010. Helping the Blue Raiders to their first winning season in six years, Ojeda led MTSU to an 11-10 record, while earning an ITA ranking of No. 75 after a 5-0 start. After winning 15 matches in her first two seasons, she led her team to nine wins in her third and fourth year at the helm.

"I am excited to become a part of Baylor's Athletic Department and look forward to being back in Texas," Ojeda said. "Joey and his players have done an exceptional job taking the Baylor Bears to the Elite Eight four of the last five years in the NCAA Tournament. Through the team's success, it is obvious the players respect and trust Joey as a leader and tennis coach."

Ojeda was an assistant coach at Alabama in 2005 and served two years at Texas A&M, earning the 2004 Southeast Region Assistant Coach of the Year honor. Alabama fell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and finished the year ranked 38th nationally. TAMU posted a 44-19 record during her two seasons in College Station, winning Big 12 regular season and tournament titles and making a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances, including reaching the Sweet 16 in 2003.

While at Texas A&M, Ojeda helped the Aggies finish the 2004 season ranked 16th in the nation. She also coached four All-Big 12 players and one All-American, Jessica Roland.

Ojeda spent eight months on the WTA tour in 2004 between her stops as an assistant at Texas A&M and Alabama. She also was the tournament founder and director for the College Station Open, a 64-player open level tournament, during her time as an Aggie. The San Antonio, Texas, native enjoyed a stellar playing career at the University of Tennessee, posting 102 singles and 100 doubles victories. She earned All-America honors in singles as a junior, was a four-time Academic All-SEC selection, and was voted the national recipient of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Humanitarian Award and Cissie B. Leary Leadership and Sportsmanship Award in 2002. The Cissie B. Leary Award is presented to someone who displays inspiring commitment and dedication to her team, enhancing the team's performance and exemplifying the spirit of college tennis. Ojeda was the Southeast Region winner of the Cissie B. Leary Award as a junior, as well.

Ojeda was also a three-time SEC Sportsmanship Award honoree. During her senior year, she helped captain UT's first-ever appearance in the NCAA Final Four. Ojeda finished her career ranked 26th in the country in singles and 59th in doubles. She finished ranked No. 23 in singles and No. 16 in doubles as a junior, making the NCAA Individual Championships in both events and leading UT to its first-ever SEC championship match appearance. The Lady Vols finished the year ranked No. 6 nationally, the team's first Top 10 final ranking in 25 years.

As a sophomore, she ended the year ranked 38th in singles and 21st in doubles, making her first NCAA Championships appearance in both singles and doubles. She posted a 47-22 combined mark as a freshman, picking up Tennessee's lone point in the NCAA Team Championship in a loss to Stanford.

Ojeda garnered First Team All-SEC honors in singles as a junior and Second Team accolades in doubles as a sophomore. She is one of only three players in Lady Vols history to post more than 100 victories in both singles and doubles.

Ojeda was a three-time all-state selection at Douglas MacArthur High School and registered a 2008 combined singles and doubles mark. She reached the finals of the state tournament as a senior before falling in the title match and also advanced to the state tourney as a sophomore and junior. She played in the Sugar Bowl Tournament and National Indoor Championships in 1996-97.
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