Niedermayerova Named to Academic All-District First Team

Petra Niedermayerova earned her second honor this season for her work in the classroom.

May 17, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – The awards and honors continue to pile up for Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova, as the sophomore was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII Women’s At-Large First Team on Thursday afternoon. The Academic All-District honorees advance to the Capital
One Academic All-America Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be
selected later this month.

Niedermayerova adds Thursday’s Academic All-District honor to her Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor from earlier this season and her 2011 ITA Scholar-Athlete honor from last summer. With her first team citation, Niedermayerova becomes the fourth K-State women’s tennis student-athlete to earn Academic All-District VII honors and the first since Jessica Simosa in the 2006 season. She was one of only three sophomores on the team and one of three student-athletes on the team to play tennis.

As an economics major, Niedermayerova boasts a 3.94 grade point average. Within the economics department, she has been highly decorated, as she was the recipient of the Dudley Williams Sophomore Book Prize, awarded annually to two outstanding sophomores by the Beta of Kansas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Duane L. and Leslee K. Cantrell Scholarship, based on outstanding academic performance and service to the economics department at K-State.

On the court this season, Niedermayerova earned her second straight All-Big 12 singles honor by registering a 6-3 Big 12 record from the number one position in the lineup and an overall mark of 22-12 (.647) including a 7-11 record against ranked opponents. Her 22 wins this season, she is tied for 10th in school history for wins in a season.

With her All-Big 12 singles honor this season, Niedermayerova is the fifth player in school history to earn multiple All-Big 12 singles honors and was a unanimous selection for the second straight season by the league’s coaches. On May 23-28, she will be the second player in school history to make consecutive appearances in the NCAA national singles championship, joining Alena Jecminkova who was a three-time participant from 2000-02. Niedermayerova will travel to Athens, Ga., to compete at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Ranked No. 29 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings as of April 30, Niedermayerova is 46-22 (.676) in her career and is 14-13 against ITA ranked foes. Niedermayerova’s career singles winning percentage of .676 currently ranks third in school history. The product of Brno, Czech Republic, owns a 35-10 career mark in dual matches including a Big 12 mark of 15-5 from the number one position.

K-State’s number one doubles tandem of Niedermayerova and Bonacic also garnered All-Big 12 honors from the league’s coaches. The duo finished with a 5-8 overall record and a 4-5 mark in Big 12 action. The duo tallied a three-match win streak together and were ranked No. 65 in the Campbell/ITA doubles rankings on April 30.

Name, School, Yr., Hometown, Major/Sport
Michaela Bezdickova, New Mexico, So., Olomovc, Czech Rep., Undecided/Tennis
Karlee Bispo, Texas, Sr., Modesto, Calif., Exercise science & pre-med/Swimming
Amanda Burnett, Boise State, Gr., Glendale, Ariz., Master of business admin./Swimming
Alyssa Conner, Texas A&M, Sr., Granite Bay, Calif., Marketing/Swimming
Gabby Dominguez, Texas Tech, Jr., Chilton, Texas, Political science/Golf
Megan Ferguson, Oklahoma, Sr., Olathe, Kan., Advertising/Gymnastics
Nikki Furmanek, Oklahoma, Sr., Belleville, Ill., Elementary education/Crew
Kim Kaufman, Texas Tech, Jr., Clark, S.D., Political science/Golf
Jackie Leung, Denver, Sr., Gresham, Ore., International business/Swimming
Kayla Mortellaro, Idaho, Sr., Phoenix, Ariz., Public relations/Golf
Maddy Murray, Montana, So., Dallas, Texas, Mathematics/Tennis
Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State, So., Brno, Czech Republic, Economics/Tennis