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    Cristelle Grier Falls in NCAA Singles Championship Round of 16

    NUSPORTSDOTCOM No. 11 Cristelle Grier fell to No. 1 Kristi Miller in the NCAA singles championship round of 16.
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    No. 11 Cristelle Grier fell to No. 1 Kristi Miller in the NCAA singles championship round of 16.
    NUSPORTSDOTCOM

    May 26, 2006

    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The storied singles career of Northwestern women's tennis' most prolific player Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) came to an end Friday as the 11th-ranked Grier fell to Georgia Tech's top-ranked and second-seeded Kristi Miller in the round of 16 at the NCAA singles championship. Grier took the first game of the match, but Miller took the win in straight sets.

    Grier opened the match on the right note, breaking Miller in the match's first game to take an early 1-0 lead. Miller stormed back, however, and took six-straight games to claim the first set.

    Miller began the second set by winning another game, then Grier fell in a deuce in the next game to give Miller a 2-0 lead.

    Grier stayed tough and won the third game to cut Miller's lead in half, but that's as close as the four-time All-American would come as Miller took decisions in the next four games. Miller took the match 6-1, 6-1.

    Grier ends her collegiate singles career as Northwestern's, and the Big Ten's, most successful women's singles player. Over four years she compiled a 181-38 overall record, including a remarkable 46-1 record in the Big Ten, which is the best conference record in Big Ten women's tennis history. She is the only player in conference history to be named the Big Ten Player of the Year three times and is the first player in NU history to earn four-straight All-America honors.

    Grier's run in the NCAA Women's Tennis Championships isn't done yet, as she and Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) face California's eighth-ranked doubles team of Suzi Babos and Zsuzsanna Fodor at 8 p.m. CT in the round of 16. Live video and scoring is available at Gostanford.com.