Ishibashi named SLC All-Academic Second Team

Following a successful sophomore season with Northwestern State, Ayu Ishibashi was named Academic All-Southland Conference Second Team, the conference announced Thursday. 

Ishibashi, a native of Chiba, Japan, continued her strong showing on and off the court in her second year with the Lady Demons.  

A second-team All-Conference selection, Ishibashi compiled a 12-7 record in singles. She finished 10-7 in doubles with partner Tjasa Klevisar at the top spot in the rotation. 

She was tied for the most conference wins on the team. 

Ishibashi did all that while posting a 4.0 GPA in health and exercise science. 

In league play, the sophomore posted an impressive 5-2 mark en route to a second team All-Conference selection. 

Ishibashi had a four-match winning streak down the stretch of the regular season in singles to help push the team to the No. 4 seed and a berth in the semis. 

Overall, Ishibashi went 10-4 as the No. 2 singles position overall. 

NSU finished fourth in the conference in 2023 and earned a trip to the semifinals in the conference tournament after defeating UIW in the first round.