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Currie went on to say, "Shifting the contest away from Thanksgiving weekend will allow more fans and students the opportunity to attend the ballgame, while being able to finalize gameday details in advance is beneficial as our fans begin to make plans to be in Manhattan." K-State will play seven home games in 2011, including a record five Big 12 match-ups at Bill Snyder Family Stadium. The Wildcats open the season on September 3 against Eastern Kentucky for the third annual K-State Family Reunion. NIEDERMAYEROVA RECEIVES INVITATION Kansas State freshman Petra Niedermayerova will continue her stellar rookie season, as she has been selected as one of the 64 singles players that will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Championships in Stanford, Calif., May 25-30 at the Taube Tennis Center. "This is an incredible achievement and a great way to finish a strong freshman campaign," said head coach Steve Bietau. "We are really looking forward to the next two weeks of preparation to cap this all off."
Niedermayerova, one of 49 at-large selections to the field, finished as the Big 12 champion at the number one singles position with a 9-2 record. The native of Brno, Czech Republic, has the second-most wins by a freshman in school history and is tied for fourth in school history for overall wins in a season with her 24-9 record in her rookie campaign. Her winning percentage for the season of .727 ranks third in school history. Niedermayerova is the fourth player in school history to reach the NCAA Championship field in singles action and the first since Alena Jecminkova in the 2002 season. K-State has advanced two student-athletes to at least the round of 32, as Yana Dorodnova reached the quarterfinals during the 1998 season. KANSAS SALUTES PATTERSONGovernment officials at the state capitol in Topeka on Thursday honored Kansas State women's basketball head coach Deb Patterson for her accomplishments during the 2010-11 season, including guiding the Wildcats to the program's 800th win and notching the 300th victory of her K-State career. State Reps. Sydney Carlin (Manhattan), Susan Mosier (Manhattan) and Sharon Schwartz (Washington) introduced House Resolution No. 6029 to honor the accomplishments of Patterson during the previous season. Patterson was recognized before the start of business in the Kansas House of Representatives. "I am humbled and appreciative of this recognition," stated Patterson about the resolution. "I sincerely appreciate the support of Reps. Schwartz, Mosier and Carlin and all those who represent the state of Kansas in our Legislature. This recognition is a reflection of the achievements over time of an exceptional assistant coaching staff, tremendous student-athletes and a university that we are proud to represent." During the 2010-11 season, Kansas State achieved a record of 21-11 and a 10-6 mark to tie for third in Big 12 play. K-State notched the 22nd 20-win season in school history and was selected for the 12th NCAA Tournament appearance in the program's history. During the campaign, the Wildcats became the 13th program in NCAA Division I women's basketball history to reach the 800-win mark with a 69-64 victory at Nebraska on Feb. 19. Patterson secured a piece of personal history during the 2010-11 season, as she tallied the 300th win of her coaching career at K-State. The victory came on March 9 during the quarterfinals of the 2011 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City with a 56-53 decision over Iowa State. She completed her 15th season on the sidelines in Manhattan and is the program's career wins leader with a record of 300-175 (.632).
HONORS FOR ADAMS, ROHLEDERK-State's Corey Adams and Kevin Rohleder have been named to the 2011 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society, the organization has announced. The NFF Hampshire Honor Society is comprised of college football players from all divisions of play who each maintained a 3.2 GPA or better during their collegiate careers. A total of 671 players from 241 schools qualified for membership in the society's fifth year, while K-State placed multiple players on the list for the second straight season. K-State recorded a total of 14 student-athletes on the 2011 Academic All-Big 12 football team, while the Wildcats have held the No. 1 football and all-sports graduation rates in the Big 12 in each of the last four seasons. Adams was flawless from his long-snapper position this past season and ended his Wildcat career with a streak of 482 perfect snaps. The Monument, Colo., native was a First Team All-American by Phil Steele and was K-State's Special Teams MVP in both 2009 and 2010. In the classroom, Adams was a First Team Academic All-Big 12 pick and also a semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy and a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award. A native of Wichita, Rohleder was a two-time Academic All-Big 12 pick and was a four-year letterman at linebacker who played a significant role on special teams in addition to his play on defense.
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