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    Cristelle Grier and Georgia Rose Earn ITA Midwest Regional Accolades

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Senior All-American Cristelle Grier has been tabbed ITA Midwest Region Player of the Year.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM
    Senior All-American Cristelle Grier has been tabbed ITA Midwest Region Player of the Year.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 15, 2006

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Northwestern's senior All-American Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) has been named ITA Midwest Regional Player of the Year, while freshman Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) has been tabbed the region's Freshman of the Year, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association has announced.

    Grier, who was named Big Ten Player of the Year just three weeks ago, earns her first regional Player of the Year honor. Grier has racked up just about every individual accolade one could hope to in four years of competition, but she is eyeing up her first NCAA singles championship this week as she was awarded the Big Ten's automatic qualifier bid to the NCAA singles championship, May 23-28 in Palo Alto, Calif. Grier also looks to become the first four-time All-American in program history.

    For Rose, the accolade is yet another positive in what may very well be the best season of any freshman in the country. Rose has already been named Big Ten Freshman of the Year and she has earned a bid in the NCAA singles championship in her first year of collegiate tennis.

    Grier, Rose and the rest of the 11th-seeded Wildcats return to action this week as they take on the sixth-seeded Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 18 in Palo Alto, Calif.

    Following the team competition, No. 13 Grier, No. 35 Prousis and No. 45 Rose will compete in the singles championship, while the 13th-ranked doubles team of Grier and Prousis has been selected for the doubles championship. Northwestern ties a program record with four total competitors competing for individual titles.