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Big Ten Women’s Tennis All-Conference Team and Individual Awards Announced

Maryland and Ohio State take home individual honors

 

ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Big Ten Conferenced announced the women’s tennis all-conference team and individual award winners on Wednesday. Ohio State’s Shiori Fukuda was named Athlete of the Year, while Maryland’s Ayana Akli was honored as Freshman of the Year.

 

Fukuda is the Buckeye’s third Big Ten Athlete of the Year in the last five seasons, joining Francesca Di Lorenzo who earned the title in 2016 and 2017. Fukuda led Ohio State to a 9-3 record while earning 2020 ITA All-America plaudits. She posted a 24-7 overall singles record and a 9-3 dual mark, climbing to a career-high eighth ITA ranking during the season. The junior finished the season at No. 11, the highest ranked Big Ten athlete.

 

Akli is the first Terrapin in school history to be named Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Akli finished her freshman year with a 21-3 singles record and 16-5 doubles record playing solely at the No. 1 position in singles and doubles. She is currently ranked 90th by the ITA after climbing as high as No. 71 this season. Akli posted a team-leading nine dual match victories at the No. 1 position in her first season as a Terrapin.

 

The complete list of All-Big Ten selections and Sportsmanship honorees can be found below.

 

 

2019-20 All-Big Ten Women’s Tennis Awards

As selected by Big Ten coaches

 

ALL-BIG TEN TEAM

Asuka Kawai, Illinois

Mia Rabinowitz, Illinois

ELISE VAN HEUVELEN TREADWELL, IOWA

AYANA AKLI, MARYLAND

Andrea Cerdan, Michigan

GIULIA PAIRONE, MICHIGAN

Mary Lewis, Michigan State

Dalila Said, Minnesota

CLAIRE REIFEIS, NEBRASKA

JULIE BRYNE, NORTHWESTERN

SHIORI FUKUDA, OHIO STATE

Danielle Wolf, Ohio State

Ena Babic, Purdue

DENISE STOICA, WISCONSIN

 

ATHLETE OF THE YEAR

Shiori Fukuda, Ohio State

 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

Ayana Akli, Maryland

 

Unanimous selections designated in ALL CAPS

 

SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD HONOREES

Josie Frazier, Illinois 

Annabelle Andrinopoulos, Indiana 

Danielle Bauers, Iowa 

Saya Usui, Maryland 

Nicole Hammond, Michigan 

Sammie Memije, Michigan State 

Cammy Frei, Minnesota 

Isabel Adrover Gallego, Nebraska 

Hannah McColgan, Northwestern  

Kolie Allen, Ohio State 

Gracey Hirsch, Penn State 

Zala Dovnik, Purdue 

Sydney Kaplan, Rutgers 

Xinyu Cai, Wisconsin