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    Cristelle Grier and Georgia Rose Advance in NCAA Singles Championship

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM Georgia Rose upset Maryland's Ramona But Wednesday in the NCAA singles championship opening round.
    Georgia Rose upset Maryland's Ramona But Wednesday in the NCAA singles championship opening round.

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    May 24, 2006

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Northwestern's senior All-American Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) and freshman Georgia Rose (Mettawa, Ill./North Shore Country Day) have advanced to the NCAA singles championship round of 32 after each took victories Wednesday in the tournament's opening round.

    Making her first-career appearance in the NCAA singles championship, the 45th-ranked Rose took the court first for the 'Cats and promptly upset Maryland's 33rd-ranked senior Ramona But in straight sets.

    Rose began the match by splitting the first four games with But, breaking her twice in the process. Rose then broke her again in the fifth game, which spurred a three-game win streak for the ITA Midwest Freshman of the Year.

    With the score 5-2, Rose dropped the eighth game, then went to a deuce with But in the ninth. She quickly gained the advantage and smashed home the winner on set point.

    In the second set, the two again split the first four games, this time with each player holding serve. But then rattled off two-straight wins to take a 4-2 lead in the set. Trailing for the first time in the match, Rose settled in and responded by taking four-straight games -- breaking But twice -- to earn the 6-3, 6-4 win.

    Rose now plays Stanford's seventh-seeded Alice Barnes at noon CT Thursday in the second round.

    Grier, a 9-16 seed, was the second 'Cat to take the court on the day as she faced Washington State's 62nd-ranked Ekaterina Burduli. After splitting the first two games with Burduli, Grier broke her by winning a deuce in the third game. After Grier won the next two games to go up 4-1, Burduli responded by taking two-straight of her own, cutting Grier's first set lead to 4-3. Grier then took two of the next three games to win the set. In the final game of the first set, Grier came back from a 0-30 deficit, and put an exclamation point on the set with a smash winner.

    The two split the first eight games of the second set, with each player holding serve. Grier came through with a huge win in the ninth, however, breaking Burduli to take a 5-4 lead. The two went to a deuce in the tenth game, where Grier fought off three Burduli match points. Grier finally took game and the match 6-4, 6-4.

    Grier faces Vanderbilt's 17th-ranked Amanda Fish at 1:30 p.m. CT Thursday in the round of 32.

    Northwestern's 35th-ranked Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) was the only Wildcat to fall on the day. The junior, making her first appearance in the NCAA singles championship, fell in a hard-fought match versus Stanford's 34th-ranked Celia Durkin.

    Prousis opened the match by breaking Durkin and taking the first two games of the first set.

    Durkin responded by taking six of the next seven games to win the first set.

    While Prousis was down, she was by no means out. After dropping the first game of the second set, she then broke Durkin to even the set at one game apiece. She broke Durkin again in the fourth game to even the set at 2-2, then the two traded games to make it 3-3. Prousis then buckled down and won three-straight games to force a third set.

    There, Durkin jumped out to a 3-0 lead. Prousis hung tough by taking the fourth game, but Durkin went on to win the next three games, ending Prousis' run in the singles tournament with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 decision.

    While she is done in singles, Prousis will take the court again tomorrow as she and Grier face Arizona State's Roxanne Clarke and Kady Pooler in the opening round of the NCAA doubles championship. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. CT.

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