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2006-2007 Women's Tennis Roster

Alison Ojeda

Head Coach

Middle Tennessee Director of Athletics Chris Massaro announced the hiring of Alison Ojeda as the new women's tennis coach on June 22, 2005, after the approval of the Tennessee Board of Regents, giving the program stability after more than a year in flux.

Ojeda inherited a roster with just two returning players but quickly set out to groom the 2005-06 club for success that earned her All-America honors as a collegian just four years ago.

Ojeda was an assistant coach at Alabama last season 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.

"We're excited to have Alison join our team at Middle Tennessee," Massaro said. "I was extremely impressed with her Division I recruiting experiences at Alabama and Texas A&M. Alison knows what winning at a high level is all about, and she shares our goal in reaching national prominence like our men's program."

While at Texas A&M, the Aggies finished the 2004 season ranked 16th in the nation. She helped coach 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 an individual who displays inspiring commitment and dedication to her team, which has enhanced her team's performance and exemplified the spirit of college tennis. She was the Southeast Region winner of the Cissie B. Leary Award as a junior, as well.

She 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.

"It's great to be back in Tennessee. It's a second home for me," Ojeda said. "My college coach [Mike Patrick] speaks very highly of Middle Tennessee and I felt like I was ready to become a head coach. There is a lot of potential here and I'm really excited about the job and the possibilities within the program."

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 Championships in a loss to Stanford.

The Douglas MacArthur High School product 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 in high school and registered a 200-8 combined singles and doubles mark at DMHS. 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.

Ojeda is single and resides in Murfreesboro. She has two sisters, Kellie, 28, and Lauren, 24.