NUsports.com celebrates the Big Ten Medal of Honor's 100th anniversary by catching up with past recipients
2005-06: Along with doubles partner Alexis Prousis, Grier took home the NCAA doubles National Championship, becoming only the second team in program and Big Ten history to claim a national title ... Improved career record to 181-38, ending her storied career as NU's and the Big Ten's most successful singles player ... compiled a 46-1 career conference mark, believed to be the best singles record ever in Big Ten history ... Earned fourth straight singles All-America honor, the first player in NU history to receive four-consecutive singles All-America accolades ... earned doubles All-America honors along side Prousis, the third such laurel of her career ... Named ITA Midwest Player of the Year ... Earned All-Big Ten honors, becoming only the second player in conference history to earn the award in four-consecutive seasons ... Earned third Big Ten Player of the Year award, becoming the first player in conference history to earn the honor three times ... won the doubles title along side Prousis at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships ... Two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week honoree (4/26, 2/8) ... named Hilton Garden Inn Athlete of the Week (1/16) ... was named a Big Ten Sportsmanship nominee ... was ranked as high as No. 8 in singles play (3/7 & 4/4) ... Finished the season ranked No. 1 in ITA doubles ranking with partner Prousis ... Defeated 10 nationally ranked opponent throughout the season, including one stretch that included four straight wins over ranked opponents ... defeated the University of Southern California's 7th ranked Amanda Fink during the NCAA Championship quarterfinals ... ended the season on 15-match doubles streak with Prousis ... Went 9-1 in the fall with doubles partner Prousis ... Finished the year on a 18-2 singles run, including eight and ten-game win streaks and victories over seven ranked opponents.
Fall 2005: Compiled a 10-4 singles record ... Entered the fall season ranked No. 11 by the ITA ... Advanced to the singles quarterfinals at the ITA National Indoor Championships, where she fell to No. 3 Kristi Miller of Georgia Tech ... Placed second in singles at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships, falling to teammate Alexis Prousis in the final round ... Went 3-0 in singles at the Gator Invitational to start the season ... Compiled an 11-1 doubles record ... Posted a 9-1 doubles record with partner Alexis Prousis ... Won the doubles title at the ITA Midwest Regional Championships alongside Prousis ... Topped Pepperdine's 47th-ranked doubles team of Eva Dickes and Bianca Dulgheru alongside Prousis at the ITA National Indoor Championships.
2004-05: 38-7 overall, 24-2 dual, 10-0 Big Ten in singles ... Entered spring season as No. 4 singles player and No. 1 doubles team alongside Audra Cohen ... Went 2-1 at ITA National Team Indoor Championship, winning her matches against No. 24 New Mexico and No. 10 Tulane ... Second-best team dual record at 24-2 ... Won 17 straight-singles matches, nearly a three-month streak from Feb. 20 to May 23 ... Earned fourth-career Big Ten Athlete of the Week honors (4/13) ... Alongside Cohen, defeated nation's fifth-ranked doubles team of Catrina and Christian Thompson from Notre Dame, 8-4 (4/14) ... 36 of 38 wins came in straight sets ... One of five 'Cats to go undefeated in regular-season conference singles action ... Notched one singles victory at the Big Ten Tournament, helping NU to its seventh-straight title ... Earned third-straight All-Big Ten honors ... Earned ITA Cissie Leary Sportsmanship Award ... Earned bid to third-straight NCAA Championships where she dropped her first-round singles match, but went 3-1 in doubles alongside Cohen, advancing to the semifinals.
Fall 2004: Began fall competition ranked No. 1 in the nation ... Went 14-4 in singles play ... Runner-up at ITA All-American Championships ... Runner-up at ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships ... Went perfect 12-0 in doubles action alongside Audra Cohen, winning second-consecutive ITA National Indoor Championships.
2003-04: Compiled a 40-5 singles record, setting a school record for wins in a season ... Her ledger included a 27-2 mark in duals and 13-0 in the Big Ten ... Named to 2004 ITA Collegiate All-Star Team in doubles with partner Jessica Rush (one of three duos to earn the honor) ... Earned All-America for the second-straight year by advancing to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Championship ... Unanimous choice for Big Ten Player of the Year, making her the sixth player in conference to be twice honored ... Won all three singles and doubles matches at the Big Ten Championship ... Went 1-0 in singles and 2-0 in doubles at NCAA Regional Championship ... During the regular season, defeated nation's No. 1 player, Georgia's Agata Cioroch, 6-3, 6-4 ... Defeated 20 ranked opponents this season in dual play ... Had an 8-2 record against players in the top 25 ... Accumulated a 19-match winning streak from February to May ... Won singles title at the ITA Midwest Championships for the second-straight year, and advanced to the semifinal round of the ITA National Indoor Championships ... Had a 41-6 record in doubles with Rush, including 26-4 in duals and 12-1 in the Big Ten ... Advanced to quarterfinal round of NCAA Doubles Championship ... Defeated 12 ranked opponents in doubles ... The duo claimed titles at the ITA Midwest and National Indoor Championships ... Two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week (2/12 and 4/28).
2002-03: Completed the season with a 38-7 record at No. 1, tying a school record for wins ... Went 25-0 in dual matches, including 12-0 in the Big Ten ... Named ITA All-America and All Big-Ten ... Nominated for Suzy Favor Award for outstanding female athlete in the conference ... Big Ten Player of the Week (3/31) ... Put together a school-record 28-match winning streak from Jan. 15 to May 21 ... Defeated 10 ranked opponents, including USC's No. 3 Jewel Peterson ... Competed as a wildcard in Wimbledon, where she fell in the second round of qualifying ... Advanced to the quarterfinal round of the NCAA Singles Championship, the furthest an NU player has ever gone in that tournament ... Posted a 23-5 record, including 10-0 in the Big Ten, at No. 1 doubles with partner Jessica Rush ... Ranked 90th in Omni Hotels/Intercollegiate Tennis Preseason rankings ... Defeated teammate Marine Piriou to win the ITA Midwest Regional Championship for first collegiate tournament win ... Named ITA National Player to Watch, Midwest Region Rookie of the Year and Midwest Region Player to Watch ... Finished the fall season with a 10-6 record ... Won all three matches of the All-America Qualifying Draw to compete in the Main Draw ... Fell in the Round of 32 ... Defeated top-seeded Vilmarie Castellvi (Tennessee) in the first round of the ITA National Indoor Championships ... Fell in the Round of 16 at National Indoors to conclude the fall season ... Top player in the Midwest, according to the ITA Regional fall rankings.
High School: Helped lead Putney to a national title ... Played No. 1 in high school ... Also played netball and ran track ... London champion in the javelin ... Netball team competed in the national event.
Personal: Born Cristelle Patricia Grier on 1/30/83 ... Daughter of Richard and Sal Grier ... Chose Northwestern over Penn State, Richmond, Fresno State, William & Mary and Illinois ... Majoring in English.