COLUMBUS, Ohio Julie Blackmore, a junior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, was named the Big Ten Women’s Tennis Athlete of the Week Tuesday by the Big Ten Conference. The award is the first for the Buckeyes this season and first since Christina Keesey earned the honor March 21, 2007.
Last week, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., native Blackmore led the Buckeyes to a perfect 4-0 team record with wins over No. 50 Louisville, Cleveland State, Cornell and Eastern Michigan. On Wednesday, she defeated Natalia Baez of Louisville, 5-7, 6-3, 1-0 (5), and also knocked off Sanda Bjelan of Cleveland State in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0. In doubles, she and partner Cami Hubbs won both No. 2 doubles matches on the day, including an 8-0 sweep of the Vikings.
Blackmore continued her excellence Sunday, with wins over Tamara John of Cornell, 6-0, 6-4, and Sandra Wikstrom of Eastern Michigan, 6-2, 6-1, from the No. 3 singles spot. Hubbs and Blackmore again teamed up to win both doubles matches, winning 8-4 over the Big Red and sweeping the Eagles, 8-0.
Blackmore and the Buckeyes, who moved up to No. 31 in the ITA Rankings released Tuesday, will be back in action Sunday at the OSU Varsity Tennis Center for the Big Ten home opener against Indiana at 10 a.m.