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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Freshman Nazlie Ghazal clinched the match for the Wildcats with a win at No. 6 singles.
    Freshman Nazlie Ghazal clinched the match for the Wildcats with a win at No. 6 singles.

    March 25, 2006

    EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Northwestern's fourth-ranked women's tennis team recorded its second-straight shutout by defeating conference foe Michigan State 7-0 Saturday. The Wildcats dropped only three sets on the day en route to their third-consecutive win.

    The Wildcats' fifth-ranked doubles team of Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) and Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) gave Northwestern the momentum early by topping Michigan State's team of Christine Bader and Sarah Andrews 8-3 at No. 1 doubles.

    Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) and Feriel Esseghir (Sarasota, Fla./Brickhouse Academy) then clinched the doubles point for the 'Cats when they rolled past the Spartans' Stephanie Kebler and Jessica Baron 8-2 at No. 2 doubles.

    Jamie Peisel (Savannah, Ga./Savannah Country Day) and Nazlie Ghazal (Temecula, Calif./Chaparral) completed the doubles sweep - NU's second in as many matches - when they topped Pascale Schnitzer and Marianna Eelens at the No. 3 spot. The duo won their eighth match in nine tries as they took the 8-3 victory.

    Up 1-0, Northwestern rolled in the singles portion of the match, taking three of the six matches in straight sets.

    No. 36 Rose put the 'Cats up 2-0 when she didn't drop a game versus Schnitzer at the No. 2 position and won 6-0, 6-0. The victory is her 17th-consecutive win.

    Esseghir finished next as she also did not surrender a game to MSU's Andrews and took the 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 singles.

    Ghazal clinched the win for Northwestern when she beat Eelens at No. 6 singles 6-1, 6-2.

    Northwestern's ninth-ranked Grier dropped her second set, but rallied in the third-set tiebreaker to beat Bader at No. 1 singles 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (7), to give Northwestern a 5-0 lead.



    Peisel lost her first set to Kebler at the No. 4 position, but took the next two sets to take the 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4) win. No. 26 Prousis completed the sweep for the 'Cats by beating Baron at No. 3 singles. Prousis rallied after dropping her third set and won 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (4).

    With the win, Northwestern improves to 10-3 this season, 2-0 in the Big Ten.

    The Wildcats resume conference play at No. 27 Michigan at 11 a.m. Sunday, March 26.

    Northwestern	7		Michigan State  0

    Doubles No.1 Cristelle Grier/Alexis Prousis (NU) def. Christine Bader/Sarah Andrews (MSU), 8-3 No.2 Gerorgia Rose/Feriel Esseghir (NU) def. Stephanie Kebler/Jessica Baron (MSU), 8-2 No.3 Jamie Peisel/Nazlie Ghazal (NU) def. Pascale Schnitzer/Marianne Eelens (MSU), 8-3

    Singles No.1 Grier (NU) def. Bader (MSU), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-7) No.2 Rose (NU) def. Schnitzer (MSU), 6-0, 6-0 No.3 Prousis (NU) def. Baron (MSU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-5) No.4 Peisel (NU) def. Kebler (MSU), 4-6, 6-4, 1-0 (10-4) No.5 Esseghir (NU) def. Andrewss (MSU), 6-0, 6-0 No.6 Ghazal (NU) def. Eelens (MSU), 6-1, 6-2

    Order of Finish: Doubles: 1,2,3 Singles: 2,5,6,1,4,3