Jag Sophomore Wraps up Stunning SeasonJun 12, 2017
Sophomore Jenna Noel of Westmoore High School can add Central Oklahoma Athletic Conference (COAC) Female Single Player of the Year Award in tennis to her long list of accolades. She also placed third at state this year, finishing with a record of 26-3. And all of this while taking all pre-advanced placement courses at school and working on the school magazine and yearbook.
Noel grew up in Moore and followed in the footsteps of her older brother, who also played tennis.
“I wanted to be just like him,” Noel explained. “And my parents told me I could focus on academics and study all the time or pick a sport, and I’d just rather not be inside all the time!”
Noel’s older brother and her parents are her biggest fans, and her parents are doing everything possible to help her narrow down her choices for college.
“I do want to go to college on a tennis scholarship,” said Noel. “We’re looking at Texas Christian University right now.”
Noel said a career in physical therapy might be on the horizon, “Majoring in physical therapy is a possibility. As an athlete, I’ve had numerous injuries I’ve been forced to deal with.”
But Noel is very aware that her future means a lot of hard work.
“My plan is to get physically stronger. I’m one of the smaller girls at only five foot two inches, so I have to work on my technique a lot. And hopefully, I’ll be able to work my way up in state. Last year I got fourth place in state, and this year I finished in third, so maybe I’ll move up next year.”
But getting physically stronger is not the only strategy for Noel, “Right now my coaches are also working on the mental side of tennis, which also helps.”
Noel loves going to school at Westmoore and has found a support system both on the team and in the classroom.
“I love my team, and I love the students. They are both nice and welcoming, and the teachers are really helpful.”
And being only a sophomore, Noel has plenty of time to make decisions about her future while leaving her stamp on her hometown high school.