Northwestern Advances to Final, Beats Purdue 4-0

Cristelle Grier of Northwestern

Cristelle Grier of Northwestern

April 29, 2006

It was all Northwestern in the first semifinal, as the Wildcats proved why they are the best in the conference, beating Purdue by a convincing score of 4-0.

Their dominance began on the doubles courts as Alexis Prousis and Cristelle Grier took down Brooke Beier and Mallory Voelker in an 8-0 victory.  In the No. 3 spot, Jamie Peisel and Nazlie Ghazal beat Purdue's Anna Dzeva and Brittany Minna 8-2 to secure the point, leaving Georgia Rose and 7-1 lead over Stephanie Wooten and Randi Schuler abandoned. 

Northwestern took a 1-0 lead into singles play, where Purdue fought back a bit.  Beier took four games in the first set of her No. 2 match and had a 4-3 lead over Grier before the Big Ten Player of the Year turned up her game to win the first set 6-4 and the second, 6-1.  At No. 1, Rose dominated Schular 6-1, 6-3 to put the Wildcats up 3-0.  Essingher toppled 6-1, 6-0 at No. 5 singles to secure the win for top-seeded Northwestern. 

Northwestern advances to the Big Ten Championship final match to face the winner of the Michigan-Iowa semifinal, currently in progress.  The Wildcats will be looking for their eighth-consecutive conference crown.  First serve is scheduled for noon CT at the University of Illinois' Atkins Tennis Center.