Three Wildcats Earn Academic All-Big 12 Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Three Kansas State women's tennis student-athletes earned Academic All-Big 12 first team honors in an announcement from the league office on Wednesday. The Wildcats earning the distinction were senior Natasha Vieira and sophomores Petra Chuda and Nina Sertic.

Vieira garnered her third Academic All-Big 12 first team honor, as she is a management and marketing major. The product of Carabobo, Venezuela tallied a 7-9 record this season in both singles and doubles action.

Chuda earned her first career citation and is a management major. The native of Sokolnice, Czech Republic is second on the team in singles wins with a 13-17 record and is 8-11 this spring, including a 5-6 mark in the Big 12.

Sertic also received her first career citation and is a business administration major. The second-year player from Zagrab, Croatia has won three of her last seven outings and is second on the team with 13 doubles wins this season.

In the history of the Big 12, K-State has had 17 student-athletes earn 34 first team selections.

Kansas State will begin action on Thursday in the 2010 Big 12 Women's Tennis Championships in Austin, Texas. The Wildcats enter the tournament with its highest seed in the tournament since the 2006 season, as K-State is the eighth seed and will face the ninth seed Colorado at 10 a.m.