Sandra Noetzel turned in a tremendous senior season to cap one of the greatest careers in Husker tennis history. In singles play, Noetzel was masterful at No. 1 singles, posting an impressive 18-3 record during the spring season. She continued her great play into the postseason but fell just short of a conference championship, ending the season as the Big 12 runner-up at No. 1 singles for the second consecutive year. Noetzel earned first-team All-Big 12 Singles honors for the third time in her career, while also being honored for the first time with first-team All-Big 12 Doubles accolades. Noetzel paired with fellow senior Gina Pelazini to post an 11-6 record at No. 1 doubles during the spring.
Noetzel graduated as the winningest tennis player in school history. Her 24 total wins during the 1999-2000 season added to the career singles wins record she already owned, setting the bar at 101 victories over her four years. Noetzel is also the career leader for doubles and combined wins, with 71 and 172, respectively.
During the 1998-99 campaign, Noetzel had the best singles season of any Nebraska tennis player during the programs' 24 years. She posted an overall record of 30-8 in singles play, the most recorded in a season in school history. Her 28th win of the season also moved her to the top of the NU singles career win chart with 76. The Hannover, Germany, native didn't stop there, earning All-Big 12 honors for the second time and was runner-up for the Big 12 singles title at the No. 1 position. Along with her success in conference play, Noetzel earned a bid in the 1999 NCAA Individual Championships, as the top four players from each region qualify. In Gainesville, Fla., the site of the championships, Noetzel was matched up against Vanderbilt's Julie Ditty. Noetzel won her first set, but Ditty proved to be too much in the end as she moved on with a 6-7, 6-2, 6-4 victory. Noetzel's biggest victory over a ranked opponent was during her 15-match win streak when she defeated No. 22 Kris Sell of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan. the win avenged a loss during the fall season to Sell.
Noetzel compiled a 10-3 record during the fall season and won the Wichita State Shocker Classic, the first tournament of the fall. Noetzel went 1-1 at the National Clay Courts qualifier, picking up a win over Washington State's Andrea Reisz. At the Rolex Regional, Noetzel advanced to the semifinals, picking up four wins.
Noetzel avoided the sophomore jinx in 1997-98. She compiled a 19-11 record on the year, including a pair of wins over players ranked in the top 50 nationally. the first big win for Noetzel came when she beat Eastern Michigan's Jean Kansuthi 5-7, 6-4, 6-2. The second of Noetzel's wins over top 50 opponents came when she defeated Kansas State's Yana Doradnova in straight sets, 7-5, 6-3. Noetzel came close to beating three more ranked opponents, taking the No. 1 singles players from Texas Tech, Kansas and Colorado to three sets in each of the matches. At No. 1 doubles, Noetzel paired with Jennifer Thoste to put up a 12-9 mark for the year.
Noetzel went 4-3 during the fall season at No. 1 singles. At the ITA National Clay Court Championships, she went 2-1 before losing in the final match before the main draw. At the Travelers Invitational at Kansas, she went 1-1, advancing to the semifinals. She experienced the most success in doubles as she teamed with Lisa Hart to reach the finals of the Travelers Invitational. two weeks later at the ITA National Clay Courts, the duo went 2-2 and finished among the top 20 doubles teams in the nation.
It would be difficult to imagine a better first campaign than Noetzel's 1997 season. As a freshman, she finished with an 18-10 at No. 1 singles to become the only Husker to win All-Big 12 honors. In only her sixth collegiate match, she defeated her first nationally ranked opponent whe she downed Wendy Fix of Duke in three sets at the National Clay Court Championships. She finished with a 10-4 record during the fall. Throughout the season, she was a consistent force, never losing more than two singles matches in a row, while stringing together three winning streaks of four matches each.
It was in doubles, though, where the freshman from Germany made her greatest impact. Teaming up with Lisa Hart, the pair went 4-1, advancing through the qualifying round and reaching the round of 32 at the National Clay Court Championships, their first tournament as a doubles tandem. The duo recorded a mark of 6-2. During the spring campaign, Noetzel paired with Jennifer Thoste to finish 15-6 at No. 1 doubles. The 15 wins tied for the team best, while the duo went 8-5 in Big 12 matches.
Noetzel was ranked among the top 60 players in Germany. Noetzel came to Nebraska on the recommendations of former teammates Jennifer Thoste and Frauke Hachtmann.
The daughter of Gudrun and Klaus Dieter, Noetzel was born on Nov. 8, 1976, in Hannover Germany. Noetzel is an advertising major and has one older brother, Norman.