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    Cristelle Grier
    Cristelle Grier

    Contemporary Era:
    2011 Inductee

    Cristelle Grier, who played number-one singles for Northwestern's nationally ranked women's tennis team for four consecutive years, is arguably the Wildcats' most successful player, having compiled a school-best 181-38 record. Her 46-1 record in Big Ten Conference play remains the best career singles record in league history.

    Along with doubles partner Alexis Prousis, Grier took home the NCAA doubles national championship in 2006, becoming only the second doubles team in program and Big Ten history to claim a national title. She earned doubles All-America honors in three seasons.

    As a singles player, Grier was the first student-athlete in NU history to receive All-America accolades four consecutive years. She also became the first player in conference history to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year three times (2004-06). In 2004, Grier finished the year with a 40-5 singles record, setting a then-school record for wins in a season. Grier was named the ITA Midwest Player of the Year in 2006 and was the ITA's 2005 recipient of the Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award. She also was Northwestern's Big Ten sportsmanship award recipient in 2006.

    During her tenure, Northwestern captured Big Ten Conference titles every year and in 2006, the Wildcats advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA National Championships.