May 30, 2006
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- They entered the NCAA doubles championship unseeded and underrated, but walked off with a national title. With the NCAA crown on the line Monday, Northwestern's All-American doubles tandem of senior Cristelle Grier (Epsom, England/Putney) and junior Alexis Prousis (Lake Forest, Ill./Lake Forest) defeated Fresno State's seventh-ranked doubles team of Katharina Winterhalter and Lucia Sainz 6-4, 6-1 to claim the national doubles championship.
"I'm so happy for them (Grier and Prousis)," head coach Claire Pollard said. "You coach for the players and I'm proud of the way they stepped up in a great moment and played great tennis. I'm excited for Northwestern and the program and I want to thank our administration for their support, because I don't think we would be where we are right now if not for their support."
Northwestern entered the match brimming with excitement with an opportunity to wear the national title crown. The 'Cats forced the action on Fresno State all match long, making the Bulldogs play defensively and react to what NU wanted to do.
"We spent an evening watching them in the semis, so we saw what they wanted to do," Pollard said. "But the key was our ability to serve big on huge points and our ability to lob -- that was difference in match."