COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio State women’s tennis freshman Isabelle Boulais is the 2019 co-Big Ten Freshman of the Year and joins redshirt sophomore Shiori Fukuda on the All-Big Ten Team, the Big Ten Conference announced Thursday. In addition, sophomore Luna Dormet received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award for Ohio State.
Boulais is the fifth Buckeye to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year, and the fourth in the last six years, joining Fukuda (2018), Francesca Di Lorenzo (2016) and Gabriella DeSantis (2014). Kristy Dascoli was the Buckeyes’ first honoree in 1998. Fukuda is now a two-time All-Big Ten selection and the fifth from Ohio State to be recognized on the first team as both a freshman and sophomore. Both Boulais and Fukuda were unanimous selections to the All-Big Ten team this year.
A native of Mississauga, Ontario, Boulais is ranked 56th in singles by the ITA and was selected for the NCAA Singles Championship. She is 15-7 in dual matches this spring, with a 9-5 record on court one. Overall, she is 16-12 in 2018-19. In doubles, Boulais is 14-7 in dual matches and 17-10 overall this year. The Ohio State Scholar-Athlete is ranked 40th nationally with Fukuda and pairs with Danielle Wolf at No. 89 in the rankings.
Fukuda, from Tokyo, Japan, has a 17-7 singles dual record and is 23-12 overall this year. Currently ranked No. 110, she is 5-4 on court one and 9-2 on court two this spring and posted an 8-3 record in Big Ten matches. An Ohio State Scholar-Athlete, she is 19-14 in doubles overall this season and is ranked 40th with Boulais.
Dormet, who hails from Tours, France, is 16-5 in dual play in her first year as a Buckeye. She leads the team with 27 overall wins this year, with just seven losses. She is second on the team with 24 overall doubles wins, posting 13 in dual matches, and earned Ohio State Scholar-Athlete honors.
No. 25-ranked Buckeyes (19-6) head to Nashville this weekend for their sixth consecutive NCAA appearance. Ohio State will take on Georgia Tech in the first round at 1 p.m. ET Friday. Host Vanderbilt, the No. 8 overall seed, will face Miami (Ohio) in the other first round matchup, with the winners meeting at 2 p.m. Saturday for a spot in the super regional round. Links for live scoring and video from all matches will be available HERE.