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K-State Tennis: Worldwide Wildcats

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 Going International

Kansas State women's tennis coach Steve Bietau enters his 28th season as coach of the Wildcats. Bietau eclipsed the 200-win plateau in 2006 and his teams have won 247 dual matches in his prior 27 seasons as the leader of the Kansas State program. The continued success of his teams both on and off the court show Bietau's knowledge and commitment to Kansas State University and the Wildcat tennis program.

K-State's success is due in large part to Bietau's outstanding recruiting, especially on the international level. Bietau recruited Kansas State's only two All-Americans, Yana Dorodnova (1998) and Karina Kuregian (1994) from Russia and Armenia, respectively.

In 2011, he helped guide Petra Niedermayerova to a number of honors including: ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year, ITA Central Region Player to Watch, Big 12 Player of the Year, Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a Big 12 No. 1 singles championship, Kansas State's seventh conference champion. In addition, Petra Sedlmajerova was honored as the region's Rookie of the Year and the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Besides Niedermayerova, Kansas State has produced six other conference singles champions under Bietau's tutelage, Kuregian, Kathy Chuda, Michele Riniker and Helen Schildknecht, and with Kuregian and Martina Shrubsole and Paulina Castillejos and Hayley McIver, a pair of conference championship doubles teams.

Bietau is also committed to his athletes' success in the classroom and over the years he has coached eight ITA Scholar-Athletes, three CoSIDA Academic All-America and All-District selections, including Sedlmajerova in 2002 and 2003, and 22 members to the All-Big 12 Academic team, including a school-record four members in 2003. In addition, his 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002 and 2003 squads each were named ITA All-Academic teams with a combined GPA of over 3.4.
Notable International Players
  • Chuda, Kathy (Ostrava, Czech Republic) 1999-2002
    --- 2000 Big 12 No. 5 singles championship
  • Dorodnova, Yana (Moscow, Russia) 1996-98
    --- 1998 All-American
  • Jecminkova, Alena (Olomovc, Czech Republic) 1999-2002
    --- 2002 Big 12 Player of the Year
  • Kuregian, Karina (Yerevan, Armenia) 1994-96
    --- 1994 All-American
  • Niedermayerova, Petra (Brno, Czech Republic) 2010-present
    --- 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year; 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year; 2011 Big 12 No. 1 singles championship
  • Sedlmajerova, Petra (Usti Nad Labem, Czech Republic) 2000-03
    --- 2001 Big 12 Freshman of the Year