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    Nazlie Ghazal
    Nazlie Ghazal

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Temecula, Calif.

    High School:
    Chaparral

    Height:
    5-4



    Winner of Northwestern's 2009 Lisa Ishikawa Award presented to a graduating female student-athlete who has exhibited outstanding leadership ability and selfless dedication to team goals.

    2008-09:
    Posted her fourth consecutive season with more than 30 wins, finishing 32-6 while performing well at the No. 5 singles spot throughout the season ... Finished the season ranked 84th nationally in singles ... Recorded the highest winning percentage (.842) among NU's six singles starters ... Posted a 21-1 dual singles record with a 10-0 mark in the Big Ten, finishing her career with a 39-1 conference dual record ... Leaves Northwestern with a 133-29 career singles record ... Only set that she lost in 10 Big Ten matches came in the first set while playing up two spots at No. 3 against Iowa's Lynne Poggensee-Wei ... Ghazal came back to win the next two sets 6-1, 6-1 ... Finished career on a 15-match winning streak ... Undefeated (8-0) at No. 4 singles and 12-1 at traditional No. 5 spot ... Played two of the most memorable matches of the season for NU, the first coming in the quarterfinals of the ITA National Indoor Team Championship against Duke's Melissa Mang; with the team score tied at three and the third set tied at five, Mang led 0-30 before Ghazal lost just one point the rest of the way to win (6-4, 2-6, 7-5) and send NU into the finals on the way to the title ... In the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship against California, Ghazal dropped the first set 6-1 against No. 34 Bojana Bobusic before storming back to win the next two 6-4, 7-6 (4) ... Bobusic was the highest-ranked player Ghazal faced and defeated all season ... Posted a 9-5 singles record ... Won three matches in the prequalifying round at the All-American Championships ... Teamed with Stacey Lee to win first two doubles matches at the Duals in the Desert.

    2007-08: Played consistently well at No. 5 singles throughout the season, posting a 21-3 record at the position ... Went on a 14-match winning streak to close out the year for the second-consecutive season (3/7-5/17) ... Posted a 32-7 overall singles record, including 22-4 in duals and 9-1 in the Big Ten ... Picked up her 100th career victory against Indiana in the NCAA championship second round on 4/25 ... Finished with the team's third highest winning percentage (.821) ... Each of her nine conference victories came in straight sets ... Has enjoyed a national ranking on two occasions throughout the season, reaching as high as No. 69 on 2/20 ... Regularly anchored the No. 3 dual doubles position ... Went 21-3 overall in doubles with partner Maria Mosolova, including 12-3 in duals ... Started the fall season on an 11-match winning streak on the way to a 13-2 record ... Defeated some of the Big Ten's top players throughout the fall ... Teamed up with Mosolova to win Nike-Cal Invitational over Abdala and McKenna of Arizona State... Defeated Alexis Conill and Suzie Matzenauer in the finals of the Wildcat Invitational ... Won first three matches at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... Reached finals of the Duals in the Desert with Matzenauer ... 7-3 fall singles record ... Reached finals, but did not play championship at Wildcat Invitational against Maria Mosolova ... Played to the finals of Duals in the Desert.

    2006-07: Won two matches in NCAA Regionals ... Ended season team-best 14-match winning streak ... Went 3-0 at Big Ten Championship ... Surrendered only seven games in her three Big Ten Championship matches ... 32-8 overall singles record, 21-4 in duals and 10-0 in Big Ten play ... Undefeated in singles in Big Ten regular-season matches with 10 wins ... 12-2 at No. 6 singles ... In the fall, posted 7-1 record in doubles and went 8-2 in singles and won three singles matches at the Wildcat Invitational ... Went 3-0 in doubles at Wildcat Invitational with partner Samantha Murray ... Advanced to the round of 16 in singles at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... Won a doubles match at ITA Midwest Regional Championships with partner Lauren Lui ... Went 3-0 at WMU Super Challenge with partner Suzie Matzenauer.

    2005-06: Posted a 35-8 overall record, with an 18-8 dual mark and perfect 12-0 conference record ... Earned the second most overall wins by any Big Ten freshman, finishing second only behind teammate Georgia Rose ... Ranked No. 110 nationally in singles by the ITA for the January 10 rankings ... Finished second on the team with a .813 singles winning percentage ... Won 17-consecutive singles contests entering the NCAA Championships, a winning streak spanning almost three months ... Compiled a 3-0 record at the No. 5 singles spot ... Compiled a 36-9 overall doubles record ... Saw a majority of doubles action at the No. 3 spot alongside Jamie Peisel ... Won six-straight matches three separate times alongside Peisel (2/2-2/18, 3/4-4/2 and 4/9-4/29) ... Compiled an 8-3 fall singles record ... Went 4-0 at the Wildcat Invitational, winning her flight ... Advanced to the round of 32 at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... Posted a 12-2 fall doubles record ... Posted a 4-0 fall doubles record with partner Alexis Conill ... Compiled a fall 3-1 doubles record with classmate Georgia Rose ... Went 3-0 in doubles at the Wildcat Classic with Alexis Conill.

    Club: Ranked No. 2 in Southern California Tennis Association for 18 and under division ... Ranked as high as 11th in United States Tennis Association 18 and under rankings ... Placed third in doubles at 2003 Winter Super Nationals ... Southern California Junior Federation cup team in 2004 and 2005.

    High School: Four-year letterwinner, played No. 1 singles all four years ... Four-time first-team all-Valley selection ... Finished with a 151-0 dual record ... Two-time national high school All-American ... Four-time singles league champion ... Four-time league Player of the Year ... California Interscholastic Federation runner up ... 33rd-best 2005 recruit according to tennisinformation.com ... Team captain ... School vice president ... National Honor Roll member ... California Scholarship Federation member.

    Personal: Born Nazlie Ghazal ... Daughter of Mehdi and Sima Ghazal ... Father, Medhi, played soccer for the Iranian National Team ... Sister, Sanaz, played tennis for Harvard ... Chose Northwestern over Virginia, Duke, Princeton and Michigan ... Majoring in communication studies with a minor in business institutions.

    Ghazal's Stats

    Year Overall Dual Big Ten
    2005-06 35-8 18-8 10-0
    2006-07 34-8 23-4 10-0
    2007-08 32-7 22-4 9-1
    2008-09 32-6 21-1 10-0
    Career 133-29 84-17 39-1