NORTHWESTERN WILDCATS

Official Store

    Cristelle Grier Earns Big Ten Athlete of the Week Honors

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Cristelle Grier has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Cristelle Grier has been named Big Ten Athlete of the Week.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    Feb. 8, 2006

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern senior All-American Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) has been tabbed Big Ten Athlete of the Week, the conference office announced Wednesday. Grier earned the honor, the fifth of her career, after posting a perfect 3-0 singles mark last week at the USTA-ITA National Women's Team Indoor Championships. Grier helped the 'Cats go 2-1 at the tournament by taking three singles matches at the No. 1 and No. 2 spots -- including two over ranked opponents -- all in straight sets.

    The 23rd-ranked Grier started the tournament out by topping California's 14th-ranked Susie Babos 6-1, 6-1 at No. 2 singles, evening the team score at 1-1.

    While the 'Cats ultimately fell to Cal on the first day, Grier made sure Northwestern would prevail on day two.

    With Northwestern leading No. 12 Kentucky 3-1, Grier clinched the match for the Wildcats by beating Joelle Schwenk at the No. 2 spot 6-4, 6-4. Earlier in the match, Grier, alongside teammate Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) topped Kentucky's 18th-ranked doubles team of Schwenk and Kim Coventry at No. 1 doubles, clinching the doubles point for the 'Cats.

    Grier again clinched a match for Northwestern with her win at No. 1 singles versus sixth-ranked Georgia. Grier topped No. 37 Natalie Frazier 6-4, 6-4, leading NU to a 6-0 win over the Bulldogs.

    Grier and the Wildcats return to action at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11 as they host Alabama.