Niedermayerova Earns ITA Regional Honors

Petra Niedermayerova

May 12, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State freshman Petra Niedermayerova added two more honors to her personal trophy case on Thursday, as she was named the ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and the ITA Central Region Player to Watch in an announcement by the ITA on their website.

This is the second time a Wildcat has earned an honor from the ITA and the first since the 2002 season. The previous honor was earned by Alena Jecminkova, as she was named the ITA Central Region Senior of the Year.

Thursday’s honors add to Niedermayerova’s postseason haul which includes her selection as the Big 12 Player of the Year and the Big 12 Freshman of the Year by the league’s coaches on Wednesday. She is the second student-athlete in Big 12 women’s tennis history to earn both honors in the same season, joining Baylor’s Zuzana Zemenova from Baylor in the 2005 campaign.

Niedermayerova was also K-State’s 15th student-athlete named to the All-Big 12 singles team and the first since the 2008 season. She was the only freshman to earn the distinction this season. The All-Big 12 tennis teams and awards are selected by the league’s head coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own student-athletes.

The native of Brno, Czech Republic, finished as the Big 12 champion at the No. 1 singles position with a 9-2 record, which was a first for K-State. She 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.

Earlier this spring, Niedermayerova was named Big 12 Player of the Week on March 29, after she notched three wins over ranked foes in an eight-day span. Niedermayerova has achieved a ranking in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings six times this season, including four straight weeks from April 12-May 2, which includes her current ranking of No. 50. She also tallied her first citation of any kind during the 35th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic on Sept. 19. Regarded as one of the longest running and top collegiate fall tournaments, she received the Mulcahy Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the fall event.

The next action for Niedermayerova will be the 2011 NCAA Division I Women’s Tennis Singles Championships in Stanford, Calif., on May 25-30 at the Taube Tennis Center. She was one of 49 at-large selections to the field of 64 and will discover who her opponent is at a later date. She is one of just 11 freshmen to be selected for the singles competition.

Niedermayerova is the fourth player in school history to reach the NCAA Championship field in singles action and the first since 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.