Feb. 22, 2005
EVANSTON, Ill. -
After entering the spring schedule as the nation's top-ranked singles player, Northwestern freshman Audra Cohen (Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas) remains atop the latest rankings, released by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Tuesday, Feb. 22.
Cohen is 32-2 overall and 9-1 in duals so far this year, and has dropped a mere four sets in 34 matches. Her only two losses came at the hands of USC's Nicole Leimbach and Georgia's Shadisha Robinson. Leimbach -- currently ranked ninth -- beat Cohen in the round of 16 at the ITA National Indoor Championships in the fall of 2004. Robinson -- currently ranked fourth -- took Cohen down in Georgia's 5-2 win over Northwestern Feb. 3.
Cohen and junior Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) rank second in doubles after entering the spring season as the nation's top duo. The tandem is 20-2 overall and 8-2 in duals. Their two losses came against Georgia's Robinson and Caroline Basu -- currently 12th -- and New Mexico's Maja Kovacek and Iva Gersic -- currently fifth.
Grier pulled in the No. 13 singles ranking in the latest poll after entering the spring schedule at fourth. She is 21-6 overall, with an 8-2 dual mark.
Senior Kristi Roemer (Piedmont, Calif./Piedmont) and sophomore Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) leaped into the No. 18 spot after winning six out of their first seven matches as a duo. In Northwestern's 5-2 over William & Mary, Roemer and Prousis upset then-10th-ranked Megan Muth and Amy Wei.
Northwestern's team ranking held firm at No. 4 for the second week in a row following victories over ninth-ranked North Carolina and fifth-ranked Duke. The No. 4 honor is the highest ranking in school history.
The Wildcats are next in action against 13th-ranked Texas Sunday, Feb. 27 at Combe Tennis Center. The Long Horns boast an unblemished 6-0 record and will be NU's third-straight top-25 opponent.