A redshirt sophomore from Summit, N.J., Noel went 34-8 in singles in her first year at Miami, including 24-4 in spring play, 12-1 in ACC action and 23-6 versus ranked foes.
“Proud of the season Alexa had,” Miami head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews said. “Not the ending we were hoping for, but with time I’m hoping that will change.”
Two minutes after Noel’s match ended, play went into a lightning delay. That led to a near-five-hour delay of her doubles contest alongside junior Isabella Pfennig.
The pair, initially scheduled to play at 4 p.m., finally opened competition indoors at 8:50 p.m. against the nation’s top-ranked and top-seeded dup, Savannah Broadus and Janice Tjen of Pepperdine. After just over an hour of play—and nearly 10 hours after Noel first took the court for her first match—the duo fell by a 1-6, 2-6 score.
After the Waves held to open the evening, Noel and Pfennig, together ranked No. 32, answered with a hold of their own to make it 1-1. However, Pepperdine won each of the next five games to claim the opening set.
Broadus and Tjen opened the second set with a break, but Noel and Pfennig broke back to again level the score at 1-1. They forced a deuce point in the third game, but Waves took it on the way to building a 4-1 edge. After another break by the Hurricanes closed them to within two, Pepperdine took the final two games to seal the 6-1, 6-2 decision.
“Bella and Alexa met an opponent tonight who was simply better,” Yaroshuk-Tews said. “I’m proud of them for making the tournament.”
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