Noel Named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week

IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa freshman Alexa Noel has been named Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Tuesday.

A native of Summit, New Jersey, Noel improved to 18-0 overall and 12-0 in the Big Ten following a pair of straight-set wins last weekend against Wisconsin and Minnesota. She won 24 of 27 sets at the No. 1 singles position, defeating Wisconsin’s Ava Markham 6-1, 6-0, and Minnesota’s Rachel Hanford 6-1, 6-1.

Noel has won 16 of her 18 matches in straight sets, all at the No. 1 position. She has led Iowa to eight conference wins, its highest total since 2006.

The Big Ten honor is the second of Noel’s career. She was previously recognized Feb. 16. She is just the sixth Hawkeye in program history to win multiple weekly conference honors. Her teammate, senior Elise van Heuvelen, is one of the other six.

The Hawkeyes return to the court Sunday, hosting Nebraska at 11 a.m. (CT). Iowa will recognize four seniors on its senior day.