May 19, 2005
Northwestern (26-2) is set to represent the Big Ten Conference in the Round of 16 in NCAA Women's Tennis play this weekend, May 19-22.
Northwestern's women's tennis team will attempt to do something its has never have done in head coach Claire Pollard's seven-year tenure - notch a win in the NCAA Championship Round of 16. This weekend marks Northwestern's fifth trip to the NCAA round of 16 in Claire Pollard's seven years as head coach.
Riding a 15-match win streak and hot off two 4-0 sweeps in the NCAA Regional, the Wildcats seem primed to do just that. Nevertheless, the 12th-seeded Clemson Tigers pose a high hurdle the Wildcats will need to clear in order to continue their postseason run. Currently, Northwestern is ranked sixth in the nation.
In addition to five Conference teams earning bids to the NCAA Championship, a total of five Big Ten student-athletes were selected as singles and doubles participants, while two were tabbed as alternates. Northwestern's Audra Cohen, the third seed overall, and Cristelle Grier, as well as Illinois' Cynthya Goulet, were automatic qualifiers from the Midwest Region. Selected as alternates for singles competition were Michigan's Michelle DaCosta (6th) and Northwestern's Alexis Prousis (9th). In doubles, the NU tandem of Cohen and Grier earned the No. 2 seed and an automatic qualifying bid from the Midwest Region. Also selected from the region was Michigan's DaCosta and Kara Delicata, who earned the at-large bid.
The singles and doubles competition will be conducted May 23-28 at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex in Athens, Ga., following the conclusion of the team championship (May 19-22). The University of Georgia will serve as host.