Wildcats Fall in Quarterfinal Round of NCAA Championships

Cristelle Grier and the 'Cats couldn't upset the Trojans in the round of eight.

Cristelle Grier and the 'Cats couldn't upset the Trojans in the round of eight.

May 20, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO -- In what can be described only as a classic showdown between two of the nation's top teams, Northwestern's 11th-seeded women's tennis team fell to third-seeded USC, 4-3, Friday at the San Francisco Tennis Club. After a rain delay postponed the match more than two hours, the 'Cats and Trojans battled back and forth with the emotion and intensity that more closely resembled a heavyweight title bout than a tennis match. In the end, USC edged the 'Cats in singles, ending NU's NCAA run.

The match, which included two lead changes and three ties, was one of the closest and hotly contested contests of the season for the 'Cats.

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