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Five Former JTCC Players Have Strong Showings In NCAA Division I Championships

Jun 10, 2024

Three former JTCC players and two alumni had strong showings at the NCAA Division I Championships in Stillwater, OK recently, with Alexa Noel capturing the Women’s Singles Championship.

Noel rallied from a set and 3-1 down to capture the title with an impressive 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 come-back victory over Georgia’s Anastasiia Lopata.

“Alexa has had great success from her junior days winning the National Clay Court Championships in the Girls’ 14s to now having won an NCAA Singles Championship,” JTCC President Vesa Ponkka said, who worked with Alexa during her developmental years at JTCC. “There’s no question in my mind that she will be a successful WTA player because she’s one of the most competitive players I have ever had a chance to work with.”

Two former JTCC players, Elizabeth Scotty (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), and Elise Wagle (University of California, Los Angeles), and two JTCC alumni, Ayana Akli (University of South Carolina) and Ryan Colby (University of Georgia) also competed at the NCAA Division I Championships and were integral members of their teams’ success this season.

Wagle helped lead the Bruins to the NCAA Division I Team Championships Quarterfinals, while Scotty reached the Sweet 16 with the Tar Heels.

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