Ojeda Inks First Signee As Head Coach
April 18, 2017

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee women’s tennis team inked its second signee of the 2017 class Tuesday in Tenika McGiffin.

A native of Queensland, Australia, McGiffin is the first recruit to be signed by head coach Alison Ojeda and is the first Australian to sign with UT since Katie Lee in 2009.

“I'm so excited to bring Tenika to the University of Tennessee,” Ojeda said. “She's my first official signee as a head coach, and she embodies everything I love about being a Volunteer. The biggest thing that drew me to her was her ability to have a conversation that went beyond talking about tennis. When I met her in person and saw her interact with her friends and coaches, you could see the natural leadership and drive to be successful. I'm 100 percent positive that she will come in a make an immediate impact on our team.”

McGiffin has an interesting sports background, as her father, Peter, is currently the assistant coach of the Queensland Fire, a women’s cricket club in Australia, and used to play professionally. Her brother, Stephen, is following in his father’s footsteps, recently signing with Northchurch Cricket Club.

“She's a multi-sport athlete, incredibly athletic and an absolutely fantastic person,” Ojeda said. “Her parents, family and friends have done an incredible job setting a great example for her because she has one of the most giving and selfless hearts I've ever seen with somebody her age.”

McGiffin used to play cricket before deciding to focus on just tennis, which she has been playing since the age of nine. Now, she’s ready to get to Rocky Top and join the Volunteers.

“It will be great to be a part of the team,” McGiffin said. “It’s a great family here, and everyone supports each other. I’m excited to be a part of it.”

McGiffin will join fellow signee Chelsea Sawyer in the fall. Sawyer is the 71st ranked player in the U.S. and top-ranked player from North Carolina according to TennisRecruiting.net.

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