K-State Ends Season with 11-10 Record

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State finished the 2006 season with an 11-10 record. It is the fifth winning season in the last seven years. The Wildcats spent the entire season in the Fila/ITA national rankings and finished No. 54 in the final poll. K-State was as high as No. 45 in the March 7 poll.

K-State finished 6-5 in Big 12 play, including a 5-0 record against teams from the Big 12 North. This is the sixth time in the 10-year history of the Big 12 that K-State has finished with an above .500 conference record.

Head coach Steve Bietau won his 200th career match on February 25 against Wichita State. Bietau finished the season with 207 career wins.

Academic Highlights
Tereza Prochazkova (management information systems) and Jessica Simosa (operations management and economics) earned Academic All-Big 12 honors in 2006. It is the third Simosa earned the Academic All-Big 12 honor.

Individual Highlights
Jessica Simosa spent the 2005-06 season rising to the top of the career singles and doubles wins K-State leaderboards. Finished her career with 77 singles wins to tie for second-most in school history. In doubles play, she finished with 67 career doubles wins, tying for second-most in school history.

For outstanding achievements in the classroom, Simosa was named to the ESPN the Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District 7 women’s at-large second team. It is her first career district honor and the fourth in the 33-year history of the program.

During her career, Simosa was named to the Big 12 Comissioner’s honor roll eight times, named the Scholastic Achievement Award winner and earned K-State’s

For her efforts on the court and in the classroom, Simosa earned the Female Senior Scholar-Athlete of the Year honor from Powercat Illustrated.

Fernanda Da Valle finished the 2006 season with a career-best and team-leading singles record of 22-12 and a career-high and team-leading 22-12 record in doubles play.

With her 22 doubles victories, Da Valle tied for fifth on the all-time single-season wins list and her 22 singles wins are tied for 9th in a single season.

She tallied a team-high six-match singles winning streak from March 12-April 12.

Kvaratskhelia garnered All-Big 12 singles honors for the second time in her career. She finished the season with a career singles winning percentage of .695 to rank second in K-State history.