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    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Cristelle Grier, Alexis Prousis and Georgia Rose begin the 2006 NCAA singles championships Wednesday.
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    Cristelle Grier, Alexis Prousis and Georgia Rose begin the 2006 NCAA singles championships Wednesday.
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    2006 NCAA Women's Tennis Singles Bracket
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    2006 NCAA Women's Tennis Doubles Bracket
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    May 23, 2006

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Northwestern senior Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney), junior Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) and freshman Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) are set to take collegiate tennis' biggest stage once again this season, this time competing as individuals in the NCAA Women's Tennis singles and doubles championships. NU ties a program record with three singles players and a doubles team in the championships this season. Live video and scoring is available at Gostanford.com

    Grier, the nation's 11th-ranked singles player, looks to become Northwestern's first four-time All-American with an impressive showing in the tournament. She is slated to face Washington State's 62nd-ranked Ekaterina Burdull at 5 p.m. CT Wednesday, May 24 at Stanford's Taube Tennis Center.

    Grier is 39-10 overall this season and enters the singles championships a winner in each of her last eight matches (not including abandoned matches). Grier has twice advanced to the tournament's quarterfinal round, doing so in 2002 and 2003. Grier stands at 6-3 all time in the NCAA singles competition.

    No. 35 Prousis enters the singles championship for the first time in her career. Prousis begins singles play by facing Stanford's 34th-ranked Celia Durkin at 7 p.m. CT. Prousis has not faced Durkin this season. She has compiled a 33-13 overall singles record this year and has won four of her last five singles contests (not including abandoned matches), falling only to USC's 37th-ranked Luana Magnani during NU's NCAA quarterfinal match last Friday.

    Rose also received a bid in the NCAA singles championship, doing so in her first year of college tennis. The 45th-ranked Rose has been magnificent in singles play this season, as she put together a perfect 25-0 dual mark (not including abandoned matches) this season before falling to the Trojans' 18th-ranked Lindsey Nelson last Friday. Rose kicks off singles play at 3:30 p.m. CT Wednesday by facing Maryland's 11th-ranked Ramona But.

    Rose, who garnered ITA Midwest Region Freshman of the Year honors this season, set the school record for 29-consecutive singles victories during her impressive rookie campaign.

    In doubles, NU's 13th-ranked team of Prousis and Grier faces Arizona State's team of Roxanne Clarke and Kady Pooler in the opening round Thursday, May 25. The two are 28-6 overall this year and have won 10-straight matches entering the doubles championship.

    Fans can find updated results throughout the singles and doubles championships at the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships webpage.