April 23, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State women’s tennis placed one student-athlete on the Academic All-Big 12 First Team in an announcement by the league office on Tuesday. The lone honoree for the Wildcats was junior Petra Niedermayerova, who earned her second career first team citation and was one of two women’s tennis student-athletes to be named to the team with a perfect grade point average.
In the history of the Big 12, K-State women’s tennis has had 19 student-athletes earn 38 first team selections and seven student-athletes earn nine second team citations.
Nominated by each institution’s director of student-athlete support services, the women’s tennis academic all-league team consisted of 37 first team members and eight on the second team. First team members consist of those who have maintained a 3.20 or better GPA, and the second team are those who have a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or the two previous semesters and must have participated in 60 percent of her team’s scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic is an economics major who boasts a 4.0 grade point average over her last two semesters and a stellar 3.96 cumulative GPA. In addition to earning her second Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor, Niedermayerova is a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete selection.
On the court this season, Niedermayerova, who is ranked No. 16 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association singles rankings, owns a career-best record of 29-9 while playing in the number one position in the K-State lineup. She ranks second in school history for singles victories in a season and needs two singles wins to tie the school record of 31 set by Tamar Kvaratskhelia in the 2004-05 season.
Niedermayerova is also tied for second on the K-State career singles wins list with a record of 77-32 (.706) and is tied with Petra Sedlmajerova (1999-03; 77-47) and Jessica Simosa (2001-06; 77-61). She needs two wins to move into a tie for first with Maria Rosenberg (2000-05; 79-54). She attained her highest career ranking of No. 11 in the ITA singles rankings on March 26 this season.
Within the economics department, Niedermayerova 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 in 2012 and the Duane L. and Leslee K. Cantrell Scholarship, based on outstanding academic performance & service to the economics department at K-State.
Kansas State enters the 2013 Big 12 Women’s Tennis Championships as a number seven seed and will face number ten seed West Virginia in the first round on Thursday in Norman, Okla., at 10 a.m. Live results will be available at www.kstatesports.com and at www.big12sports.com. Also updates will be provided on the K-State Athletics Twitter account, @kstate_gameday.