Alexa Noel, Will Davies, and Oliver Okonkwo all fell of their respective NCAA Tournaments on Monday.
On Monday, Iowa ladies’s tennis freshman Alex Noel fell to Louisiana State senior Paris Corely within the NCAA Division I Girls’s Tennis Championships’ spherical of 32.
Noel earned a three-set victory over North Carolina State’s Alana Smith within the spherical of 64 Sunday earlier than she was bounced by Corley, 6-1, 3-6, and 5-7.
Earlier than she confronted Corley, Noel hadn’t misplaced a single match in 2020-21. Noel completed her first collegiate season 24-1.
Per a College of Iowa Athletics launch, Noel rolled her ankle to start with of the second set in her match in opposition to Corley.
“Actually powerful flip of occasions,” Hawkeye ladies’s tennis coach Sasha Schmid stated Monday. “Alexa rolled her ankle originally of the second and needed to tape it up twice.”
Noel gained her first set in opposition to Corley, however couldn’t overpower the ankle harm she suffered within the second set.
“I actually assume that harm modified the dynamics of the match,” Schmid stated. “It was slightly an excessive amount of to beat motion.”
After her harm, Noel rapidly misplaced her subsequent two units and the match.
“Typically that occurs in sports activities and it’s heartbreaking,” Schmid stated. “However I’m so pleased with her and the season she had.”
Previous to her NCAA Event look, Noel — the 2021 Large Ten Convention Participant and Freshman of the 12 months — hadn’t performed a collegiate match since Might 1.
“I fought laborious, and my opponent actually caught round and had nice serves,” Noel stated. “I didn’t play to my potential however shook by way of the nerves.”
Noel wasn’t the one Iowa tennis participant to be eradicated from an NCAA Event Monday.
Iowa males’s tennis junior Will Davies and sophomore Oliver Okonkwo misplaced to North Carolina’s William Blumberg and Brian Cernoch within the NCAA Division I Males’s Tennis Championships’ doubles competitors.
Davies and Okonkwo had been defeated, 7-6 and 6-2, within the event’s spherical of 32.
Okonkwo and Davies completed the 2020-21 season 10-3, and garnered a program-best No. 2 nationwide rating in April.
Okonkwo and Davies’ postseason look is the final in Iowa males’s tennis historical past, as this system was formally discontinued on the finish of the 2020-21 tutorial yr.
With the Iowa males’s tennis group’s season now over, the UI’s discontinuation of three of its NCAA Division I athletics applications is full.
Along with males’s tennis, the UI minimize its males’s gymnastics and males’s swimming and diving applications on the finish of the 2020-21 tutorial yr. On Aug. 21, present UI Athletics Director Gary Barta and former UI President Bruce Harreld introduced that Iowa can be slicing 4 varsity sports activities applications on the finish of the 2020-21 tutorial yr to fight monetary losses UI Athletics incurred due to COVID-19.
Iowa ladies’s swim and dive was additionally slated to be discontinued on the finish of the 2020-21 tutorial yr. This system was, nevertheless, absolutely reinstated by Barta and Iowa Athletics Feb. 15.
A Title IX battle between 4 Iowa ladies’s swimmers — Sage Ohlensehlen, Kelsey Drake, Christina Kaufman, and Alex Puccini — and the UI continues to be ongoing.
The authorized battle is unlikely to consequence within the reinstatement of Iowa males’s swimming and diving, males’s tennis, or males’s gymnastics.