April 30, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. -- Top-ranked Northwestern had four singles players and one doubles duo selected to compete in the individual portion of the tournament Wednesday. The singles and doubles competitions are scheduled to take place May 21-26 in Tulsa, Okla.
The NCAA has chosen 64 singles players and 32 doubles teams to compete for a national title. Northwestern achieved NCAA national championships in 1987, when Katrina Adams and Diane Donnelly won the doubles title, followed by Alexis Prousis and Cristelle Grier in 2006.
The selections come just one day after Northwestern clinched the No. 1 national team seed in the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats will host the NCAA Regional first and second rounds with the hopes of advancing to Tulsa, Okla., in search of their first national title.
Freshman Maria Mosolova (Moscow, Russia/No. 204) was awarded an automatic qualification into the singles tournament for her season performance, and will be the No. 4 national seed. She was recently recognized as both the Big Ten Freshman and Player of the Year, as well as being selected to the All-Big Ten team. Mosolova is currently 20-2 in dual singles and boasts an impressive 35-4 overall record.
Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) returns to the singles championships after another strong season. She will be seeded in the No. 9-16 bracket as one of the 46 at-large selections. The 11th-ranked player, Rose competed strongly at both No. 1 and No. 2 this season. She is currently 18-6 in duals this season and 34-10 overall. Rose advanced to the round of 16 in last year's singles championship before falling in a marathon three-set match to Stanford's Lindsay Burdette.
(Altrincham, England/Altrincham Grammar), ranked No. 32 nationally, will also compete for the singles title for the second-consecutive year. An at-large selection, Murray enters the singles bracket with more wins than any other member of the Wildcats' squad. Her two match clinching victories in the Big Ten Championship advances her overall record to 37-9, with an impressive 20-5 dual performance as well. Murray fell in the first-round of last year's singles championship in three sets to California's 12th-ranked Zsuzsanna Fodor.
The fourth 'Cat to receive a bid to the singles tournament was 53rd-ranked Lauren Lui (Houston, Texas/Kinkaid). Lui has been unbelieveable this season with her 17-match winning streak and a 20-0 dual mark from No. 4. The sophomore has been recognized for her efforts this season with her first All-Big Ten selection and entry into both the singles and doubles national championships.
Rose and Lui will compete as an automatic bid into the doubles championship. The duo, currently ranked No. 19 nationally, have recorded a 13-0 unbeaten mark in dual competition. The tandem is 19-1 overall this season.
Northwestern plays host to the NCAA Regional May 9 and 10 at the Vandy Christie Tennis Center. The Wildcats face the University of Illinois-Chicago in the first round, and need just six more wins to claim their first national title.