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University of Miami player, Alexa Noel, becomes NCAA Singles Champ

University of Miami player, Alexa Noel, becomes NCAA Singles Champ

Alexa Noel is bringing the NCAA Singles Championship trophy back to the University of Miami after her three-set thriller at the Greenwood Tennis Center last week.

For the third time in program history, a Miami Hurricane has earned the NCAA Singles title (Audra Cohen in 2007 and Estela Perez-Somarriba in 2019). Noel secured the honor after a 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 victory against No. 70 Anastasiia Lopata from Georgia.

Above: Alexa Noel. Photo: University of Miami.

“I’m so proud of the tournament that Alexa played,” said head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews. “She showed uncompromising poise and the toughness of a champion. She’s a special young lady.”

The accolade marks Yaroshuk-Tews’ third career NCAA Singles Champion and second in the past five tournaments.

Lopata was first to notch a game before Noel answered right back to tie it up and secure the break point to go up 2-1. The Bulldog didn’t waiver from it, as she took the next break point against Noel to lead 3-2. In a tight point to give Lopata the possible advantage, Georgia led 4-3, hoping to go up with only one more game to claim the set. Noel persevered to take the game and tied it up at 4-4. Lopata continued to do what she did and kept the game at her pace, leading to a 6-4 set win for Georgia.

Above: Highlights from the match. YouTube: Miami Hurricanes.

Set two started the same way, with Lopata taking the lead and earning the 2-0 advantage. Noel didn’t stray away from fighting to cut the deficit, as she came up big with a break point to make it 3-2 and ultimately tie it at three-all. The remainder of the set mirrored the same way, until Noel took the lead on break point, 6-5, for her first lead since the first set at 2-1. The Hurricane went on and took the set, 7-5, to even the match.

The first five games were back-and-forth on ties and leads. Noel started to pull away after a 3-2 lead, pushing it to 5-2. Lopata went on to take her last game of the set, before Noel claimed the set, 6-3.

Since the victory, Noel received a wildcard into the US Open main draw and was also named a Honda Sport Award finalist for tennis.


Source/Top Photo: University of Miami.

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