SE: Niedermayerova Repeats As Top Wildcat Female

Petra Niedermayerova was not only an All-American on the tennis court, but also a First Team Academic All-American.

June 23, 2013

This appeared in the June 17 edition of the K-State Sports Extra

By Mark Janssen

The women’s Kansas State sports teams served as bridesmaids this past 2012-13 academic year to their male Wildcat counterparts, who posted three Big 12 Conference championships in football, basketball and baseball.

But while there were no team titles to celebrate, there were oodles of individual heroics making the year one to celebrate.
For the second consecutive year, “Sports Extra” recognizes Petra Niedermayerova of the women’s tennis team as our 2013 Female Athlete of the Year.

Niedermayerova, ranked No. 18 in the country, ended her 2012-13 season on the court with a school record mark of 32-10 (.762) in singles play. She ended the season with her second straight appearance in the NCAA Singles Championships Round of 16 and notched wins in six of her final eight matches. She earned Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-America honors for the second consecutive season and is the first in school history to do so. For the season, she possessed a 12-8 record against ITA ranked singles opponents.

For her career, Niedermayerova secured the school record for singles wins with an 80-33 (.708) mark and owns the second-highest winning percentage in school history.
Oh yes, off the court, the junior earned first team Academic All-America honors for the first time in her career after posting a 3.96 GPA while majoring in economics.
In the same top-female conversation with Niedermayerova was Brittany Chambers of the women’s basketball team and a second-round draft choice by the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.
An honorable mention All-American, Chambers capped her career with a record-setting 42-point performance in the WNIT and finished her playing days as only the third Wildcat in history with at least 2,000 points, 850 rebounds and 350 assists.
Also not to be forgotten in the conversation of top Wildcat female of 2012-13 is Kaitlyn Pelger, who earned honorable mention All-American honors and helped the volleyball team to a 21-9 record and yet another NCAA Tournament.
Rounding out the Top 10 Female Athletes of the Year are:
4)  Martina Tresch… The first champion in the Big 12 steeplechase and a top 10 finisher at the NCAA Championships.
5)  Sara Savatovic… The Big 12 Freshman Athlete of the Year after winning the hammer throw at the Big 12 Championships.
6)  Caitlyn Donahue… Named to the All-Big 12 and honorable mention All-Central Region volleyball team
7)  Laura Galvan… Set the 6K school cross country record at the NCAA Championships
8)  Meredith Finch... Most Outstanding Player for National Collegiate Equestrian Association (NCEA) Championships

9)  Merryl Mbang… Finished sixth in the pentathlon at the NCAA Indoor Championships.    

10)  Allison Dorau... A member of the All-Conference USA rowing team

•    Equestrian team… Reserve National Champions
•    Volleyball team… Advanced to NCAA Championships
•    Basketball team… Won three WNIT games with just seven uniformed players