COLUMBUS, Ohio – Shiori Fukuda, a redshirt junior on the Ohio State women’s tennis team, has earned ITA All-America accolades, the Intercollegiate Tennis Association announced Tuesday. The All-America singles awards were based on an unpublished, double run of ITA singles rankings, with 20 standouts recognized.
Fukuda is the fifth women’s tennis Buckeye to earn All-America status, and the third to be a singles All-American, joining Francesca Di Lorenzo (singles 2016 &17, doubles 2017), Miho Kowase (doubles 2017), Kristy Dascoli (singles & doubles 2001) and Monica Rincon (doubles 2001),
“It means a lot to be named an All-American,” Fukuda said. “It is a big deal. I have put in so much work to get this award, but could not have done just by myself. I just want to say thank you to all the people who have been supporting me. Go Bucks!”
Fukuda, from Tokyo, Japan, has been ranked for much of her Buckeye career, and rose from No. 79 in the preseason rankings to a then-career best No. 11 at the end of the fall. She then reached a high of No. 8 in February. Fukuda was No. 11 in the final rankings, released March 3. She was the first Buckeye to be ranked in the Top 10 since Di Lorenzo in 2017.
“I am so happy for Shiori and so proud of her,” Melissa Schaub, head coach of the Buckeyes, said. “She has worked so hard for the past three and a half years and I can’t think of anyone more deserving. She handles herself like a professional on the tennis court and this is just a result of that effort.”
A two-time Big Ten Athlete of the Week this season, Fukuda was 9-3 in dual matches (all on court one) and 24-7 overall, leading the Buckeyes in wins in both categories. She clinched the Buckeyes’ 4-3 road victory over Oklahoma State to seal a spot at ITA National Team Indoors
In the fall, Fukuda was the singles runner-up at the USTA Fall Ranked Spotlight and a finalist in both singles and doubles at the ITA Midwest Regionals. She reached the doubles final and advanced to the singles quarterfinals at an ITF $15K in Lubbock, Texas, as well.
Fukuda, who joined the Buckeyes in January 2017, is a two-time unanimous First Team All-Big Ten selection and was the 2018 Big Ten Freshman and ITA Midwest Region Rookie of the Year. She is 71-29 overall in singles, with a 42-13 dual match mark, and has a 53-35 doubles record, posting a 29-19 dual ledger. She is an Ohio State Scholar-Athlete and an Academic All-Big Ten choice.
As a team, the Buckeyes were 9-3 in the shortened season, ending the year ranked fifth nationally.