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Missouri Western State University director of athletics Josh Looney announced Olaya Garrido-Rivas as the new head women’s tennis coach Wednesday.

“Olaya is going to infuse our women’s tennis program with energy, enthusiasm and competitiveness,” Looney said.

Originally from Spain, Garrido-Rivas competed in women’s tennis first at the University of South Florida in 2014. In two seasons at USF, she posted 36 wins across singles and doubles and was named to the American Athletic All-Conference team as a freshman.

Garrido-Rivas transferred to Texas Christian University in 2016, where she was named the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Newcomer of the Year. The following year, Garrido-Rivas was named the Big 12 Newcomer of the Year, posting more than 20 wins across doubles and singles action in her junior season.

“She was a high-level collegiate player and has been influenced by impressive mentors that will benefit her, as well as current and future women’s tennis student-athletes at Missouri Western,” Looney said. “We are fired up for Olaya to take the reins of Griffon Tennis and join our family of coaches.”

After graduating from TCU, Garrido-Rivas was an assistant women’s tennis coach at NCAA Division I member Middle Tennessee State for two seasons.

“I am so excited to start working with the girls and the community to accomplish great things,” Garrido-Rivas said. “During my college tennis days I experienced some of the best moments in my life and grew a lot as a person and as a tennis player. I’m excited to help others to do the same.”

—From staff reports

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