PALOMA COLLANTES * 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
Paloma Collantes was arguably the best player in the history of the women's tennis program at Ole Miss. She became the first Lady Rebel All-America in singles in 1991, her freshman year. That year, Collantes reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championships before losing to defending national champion Debbie Graham of Stanford 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.
The native of Miami, Fla., won the Riviera All-American Championships twice in her four-year career and was a four-time All-SEC selection. Collantes was also named the 1993 Mississippi Female Amateur Athlete of the Year.
Collantes participated in the NCAAs all four years of her career, advancing to the quarterfinals her junior year and the Final Four her senior year.
Also during her senior year, Collantes defeated the eventual NCAA Singles Champion, Angela Lettiere (6-4, 6-1) to capture the Rolex South Regional Singles title.
In December of 1992, Paloma achieved the distinction of being the first Ole Miss tennis player to ever be ranked No. 1 in the nation in singles by being selected No. 1 in the ITA National Women's Singles Rankings.
In 2000, Collantes became the first Ole Miss women's tennis player to be inducted into The University of Mississippi Athletic Hall of Fame.
Collantes resides in Chicago and is a regional events director for Scratch Music Group.
PASCALE PIQUEMAL * 1994
Pascale Piquemal enjoyed a fine career at Ole Miss both on the court and in the classroom. She participated in the NCAA Championships twice, teaming with Marie-Laure Bougnol to reach the semifinals in 1993 and the nationally-televised doubles finals in 1994. The duo advanced higher than any Lady Rebels in the history of the program. Bougnol and Piquemal completed the year ranked ninth nationally.
A two-time All-SEC honoree, Piquemal posted a 63-39 singles record and 38-20 doubles mark in four years. Throughout her career, Piquemal had several impressive upset wins over nationally-ranked opponents, including defeating the nation's second ranked player in 1993, Kelly Pace of Texas, at the All-American Championships.
Piquemal earned All-SEC Academic honors three years and was a member of the Chancellor's Honor Roll. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering (computer science). For her outstanding accomplishments on the court, in the classroom and her involvement in the community, Piquemal was awarded the "Winning For Life" Scholarship sponsored jointly by Entergy Corporation and the NCAA Foundation. The "Winning For Life" program honors the top male and female scholar-athletes for each state, and from there, the top male and female student-athlete from Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Southeast Texas. Piquemal received a $2,000 post-graduate scholarship and used it to attend graduate school in France where she completed her master's degree in Business Administration.
MARIE-LAURE BOUGNOL * 1993, 1994, 1996
Marie-Laure Bougnol enjoyed success at Ole Miss both on the court and off the court. The native of Marseille, France, earned All-America honors three times in four years. Bougnol advanced to the NCAA Championship in each of her four years, most notably teaming with Pascale Piquemal to reach the doubles semifinals her freshman year and the nationally-televised doubles final in her sophomore season. She was in the national rankings every year in both singles and doubles and steadily climbed into the top 15. As a freshman, Bougnol earned ITA South Region Rookie of the Year honors.
In 1993, Bougnol won her first grand slam title by capturing the SkyTel National Clay Court Championships in Jackson, Miss. She reached the finals again in 1994.
A three-time All-Southeastern Conference selection, Bougnol also reached the semifinals of the Rolex South Regional Championships twice and won the 1992 SEC Fall Coaches' Classic, giving her the title of SEC Individual Champion for the season.
Twice, Bougnol received the ITA Tennis Match Magazine Rolex South Region Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award and was a finalist for the national award in 1995. Her senior year, Bougnol was the recipient of the Eugenia Conner Award for the Most Outstanding Female Student-Athlete at the University of Mississippi. She was the first tennis player to receive this award. Bougnol has also been a star in the classroom, being named to the All-SEC Academic team three times and the Dean's Honor Roll and the Chancellor's Honor Roll. In 1996 she was named to the GTE/CoSIDA District VI Academic All-America Team for her academic accomplishments, and Bougnol received an NCAA $5,000 post-graduate scholarship.
Bougnal completed her doctoral degree at the University of Mississippi. She became the second Lady Rebel tennis player to be inducted into the Ole Miss Athletic Hall of Fame, joining in 2003.
COURTENAY CHAPMAN * 1996, 1997, 1998
Courtenay Chapman became the first Lady Rebel to win 100 singles and doubles matches in a career her senior year in 1999. Chapman finished with 114 singles wins and 102 doubles victories. She earned All-SEC first team honors in doubles and participated in the NCAA Individual Championships for the fourth year in a row. A three-time All-American, Chapman was named the Southeastern Conference Tournament MVP after helping the Lady Rebels capture their first-ever SEC Tournament Championship.
Chapman ended the 1998 year ranked 10th in doubles with Agnes Muzamel and participated in the NCAA Individual Championships.. She helped the Lady Rebels reach the quarterfinals at the NCAA Team Championships.
In 1997, Chapman helped the Lady Rebels win the NCAA Central Region Championships and advance to the NCAA Team Championships. She reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Doubles Championship with Muzamel and captured the Rolex South Regional Doubles title. Chapman earned All-SEC honors.
Chapman burst onto the scene as a freshman in 1996 and made a major contribution to the Lady Rebels' success. She completed the year ranked 89th in singles and seventh in doubles. Chapman, a native of Jackson, Miss., participated in the NCAA Individual Championships in doubles with Marie-Laure Bougnol. Chapman posted a 35-13 overall record, which included an 18-7 mark at the No. 3 position. She was named the ITA South Region Rookie-of-the-Year. She teamed with Bougnol to reach the semifinals of the Clay Courts and the All-American Championships. In addition, Chapman was selected as one of three Clarion-Ledger Female Athletes of the Year in Mississippi and was named Mississippi's top female tennis player in 1995.
Chapman earned her degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Mississippi in 1999. She is currently a tennis professional at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts in Dallas.
AGNES MUZAMEL * 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Agnes Muzamel was one of the best to ever lace up the shoes for Ole Miss, becoming just the second Lady Rebel to earn All-America honors all four years. She led the Lady Rebels to their first-ever SEC Tournament Championship, the NCAA quarterfinals, and a final national ranking of No. 6. Muzamel earned All-SEC honors for the fourth year in a row and ended the year ranked No. 8 in the nation in singles. She finished her career with 122 wins, second all-time at Ole Miss.
Muzamel led the Lady Rebels to the quarterfinals at the NCAA Team Championships in 1998. An NCAA singles and doubles participant, Muzamel ended the year ranked 13th in singles and 10th in doubles. She was selected to the All-SEC team. Muzamel was a finalist at the National Clay Court Championships and a quarterfinalist at the All-American Championships. In addition, she captured the Rolex South Regional singles and doubles titles.
Muzamel enjoyed an outstanding sophomore campaign in 1997, ending the season ranked No. 2 in singles and No. 3 in doubles. She was the only player to be ranked top five in singles and doubles. Muzamel posted a final record of 43-12 and advanced to the NCAA Quarterfinals in singles and doubles. She earned All-SEC honors in singles and doubles and was named to the Rolex Collegiate All-Star Team.
Muzamel was a huge contributor to the Lady Rebels' success in 1996, while playing at the No. 2 spot. She ended the year ranked 26th in singles and defeated seven nationally-ranked players, including three who were ranked in the top 20 at the time of the match. She reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Championships. Additional honors included being named ITA/Penn South Region Player-to-Watch and selected to the All-SEC second team. Muzamel posted a 24-6 record, including a 12-match winning streak during the season.
This past fall, Muzamel became the third women's tennis player to be inducted into Ole Miss Athletics Hall of Fame.
Muzamel is currently a teaching assistant at River Hills Club in Jackson, Miss., and has two children.
MIRA RADU * 2002, 2003
Mira Radu placed her name among the finest in women's tennis history, earning All-America honors her last two years. She became just the fourth Lady Rebel to record 100 wins, finishing with a 108-52 career mark.
In 2003, Radu enjoyed one of the finest seasons in the history of the program. Named the NCAA Woman of the Year for the state of Mississippi, Radu advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Singles Championships and finished ranked No. 18 in the nation. She earned All-America honors for the second time, becoming the fifth Lady Rebel to earn the distinction multiple times. Radu posted a 24-11 overall record and went 8-3 in the SEC on her way to earning All-SEC honors for the second consecutive year.
Radu received the ITA South Region Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award and was a co-recipient of the Eugenia Conner Memorial Award for the most outstanding female athlete on campus.
Radu became the sixth All-American in the history of the program in 2002. She led the Lady Rebels to their seventh consecutive NCAA appearance and led the team with a 33-16 overall record. Radu posted a 14-8 record at No. 1 singles and ended the year ranked No. 20 in the nation. In addition she earned All-SEC honors for the first time in her career. Radu qualified for the NCAA Singles Championships and posted her best overall record since a 35-12 mark her freshman campaign.
Off the court, Radu was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete and selected to the Verizon/CoSIDA District VI Academic All-America second team. She also made the SEC Academic Honor Roll three times and was a member of the Chancellor's, Dean's and UMAA Honor Rolls.
Radu earend her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Ole Miss. She is currently an assistant tennis coach Iowa.
CHLOE CARLOTTI * 2005
Chloe Carlotti stamped her name on the Ole Miss program in two years, becoming an All-American in 2005. By earning All-America honors her senior year, Carlotti joined an elite group of NCAA Division I players to earn All-America honors more than one school.
In 2005, Carlotti posted a 24-13 overall record, 15-8 at No. 1 singles in leading the Lady Rebels to their first ever SEC Western Division Championship and their 11th NCAA appearance. The Lady Rebels ended the year ranked No. 37.
Carlotti reached the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championships and ended the year ranked No. 31 in the nation. She came within one win of reaching 100 for her career, finishing at 99-45. In addition, Carlotti earned All-SEC honors by going 8-3 in the SEC at No. 1 doubles with Virginia Tomatis. The pair qualified for the NCAA Doubles Championships and finished the year ranked No. 28 in the nation.
During her first season (2004) with the Lady Rebels, Carlotti was named to the All-SEC team and participated in the NCAA Championships in singles and doubles. Carlotti ended the year ranked No. 65 in singles and No. 34 in doubles.
Off the court, Carlotti was named an ITA Scholar-Athlete in 2005 and made the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Carlotti was a regular on the Dean's Honor Roll and turned in a perfect 4.0 grade point average in the spring of 2005.
Carlotti recieved her degree in Marketing at Ole Miss.
KRISTI BOXX * 2010
Kristi Boxx became the eighth All-American in the history of the program in 2010. The Grenada, Miss., native was one of only nine players to earn the honor in both singles and doubles.
Boxx ended the year ranked No. 30 in the nation in singles and No. 10 in doubles. She advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA Singles Championship and also participated in the NCAA Doubles Championship with Karen Nijssen. Boxx Earned All-SEC first team honors for the second year in a row and was named to the first ever SEC All-Tournament Team.
In one of their best seasons in several years, Boxx helped the Rebels advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time, capture the SEC Western Division Championship and earn a final national ranking of No. 17. She helped the team post its best overall conference finish (2nd) since 1999 and its best league record (8-3) since 2000 Other individual honors included being named the ITA Southern Player to Watch.
As a freshman, Boxx helped lead the Rebels back to the NCAA Tournament and a season-ending ranking of No. 21. She ended the year ranked No. 37 in the nation in singles and No. 12 in doubles. Boxx earned All-SEC first team honors while playing No. 1 singles and doubles all season and was named to the SEC All-Freshman Team. She qualified for the NCAA Championships in singles and doubles.
KAREN NIJSSEN * 2010
Karen Nijssen became the ninth All-American in the history of the program, earning the honor in doubles with Kristi Boxx.
Nijssen was a huge part of the Rebels’ success during her three-year career.
In one of their best seasons in several years, Nijssen helped the Rebels advance to the NCAA Sweet Sixteen for the eighth time, capture the SEC Western Division Championship and earn a final national ranking of No. 17. She helped the team post its best overall conference finish (2nd) since 1999 and its best league record (8-3) since 2000.
Nijssen was a three-time All-SEC honoree and an NCAA Doubles participant three times with two different partners. She ended every year of her career nationally ranked in doubles including No. 10 in 2010 with Boxx.
Off the court, Nijssen was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and a regular on the University Honor Roll.