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Jenks' Andie Williams downed Westmoore's Jenna Noel again for 6A No. 1 singles title

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Westmoore's Jenna Noel reacts after a set during her Class 6A No. 1 singles state championship match on Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. Noel lost the match to Andie Williams of Jenks.  [Alonzo J. Adams/FOR The Oklahoman]
Westmoore's Jenna Noel reacts after a set during her Class 6A No. 1 singles state championship match on Tuesday at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center. Noel lost the match to Andie Williams of Jenks. [Alonzo J. Adams/FOR The Oklahoman]

Things began well for Westmoore’s Jenna Noel, capturing the first three games in the first set Tuesday against two-time defending state champ Andie Williams of Jenks.

Williams, however, righted the ship and would not lose another game in winning the Class 6A No. 1 singles title match at the Oklahoma City Tennis Center for the third straight year.

Williams became the 24th girls’ tennis player in state history to earn three high school state championships in singles.

"It’s just the end of a journey,” said Williams, who will play in college next season at Quinnipiac University in Hampton, Connecticut.

The 6-3, 6-0 victory avenged Williams’ only loss of her high school career. She was beaten by Noel in a close match at a Ponca City tournament in March.

“I think I grew from it and learned from it,” Williams said. “It showed today.”

Noel said she couldn’t recover from the momentum shift after the first three games.

“I just think the momentum changed,” Noel said. “She really got into it, and my momentum just kind of fell through in the middle of the match.”

Noel said her victory in Ponca City over Williams had given her a lot of confidence entering Tuesday’s championship match.

“Confidence only goes so far,” Noel said. “I probably should have stepped it up a little bit and worked a little bit harder on things I knew I should have worked on. Tennis goes both ways.”

As a freshman, Noel finished fourth in the state high school tennis tournament. She placed third as a sophomore and now is the state runner-up as a junior and senior.

“It’s pretty disappointing,” Noel said. “It would be nice to leave high school and say, ‘yeah, I won state’ after three years of placing but next step is college. Not winning is disappointing, but I did the best that I could and that is what I came here to do.”

Noel will play tennis in college at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay.

“Their coaches were originally at Seminole State,” she said. “They thought I would be really good fit for the school.”

Randy Painton, tennis coach at Westmoore, said Noel had nothing to hang her head about after Tuesday's loss.

“Andie Williams is a phenomenal competitor, and Jenna gave it everything she had,” he said. “Jenna’s had a great career. Unfortunately, she wasn’t able to win that last match, but she will have a great college career.”

Ed Godfrey

Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more... Read more ›

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