May 15, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Senior Petra Niedermayerova received another honor for her already loaded trophy case, as she was selected as a member of the Capital One Academic All-District VII At-Large First Team on Thursday. This marks the third straight season Niedermayerova has earned first team all-district honors from Capital One/CoSIDA.
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 and announced in early June. Niedermayerova was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team selection.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic is an economics major who boasts a stellar cumulative GPA of 3.97. She will graduate this weekend and plans to pursue a Ph. D. in economics at Boston University beginning in the fall. Earlier this season, Niedermayerova secured her third Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor. She is also a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete.
Within the economics department, Niedermayerova has been highly decorated student. This spring, she was the co-author of a paper based off her 2013 summer internship with the Heritage Foundation. Her paper was accepted at the Dallas Economics Scholars Program, which is a very competitive process with only a third of the papers submitted for review accepted. She also earned the Duane L. and Leslee K. Cantrell Scholarship in 2013, based on outstanding academic performance & service to the economics department at K-State.
On the court, Niedermayerova will be making her school record fourth appearance in the NCAA Division I Singles Championships on May 21-26 in Athens, Georgia, at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex. Niedermayerova is a two-time ITA All-American in her three previous appearances.
Niedermayerova, one of the 49 at-large selections along with 15 automatic qualifiers to the 2014 field and one of six selected from the Big 12, owns a career record of 4-3 in her previous three NCAA Division I Singles Championship appearances and has reached the Round of 16 in her previous two appearances.
Ranked No. 55 in the ITA national singles rankings as of May 1, Niedermayerova has led the Wildcats from the top of the singles lineup with a 24-9 overall record with a 7-5 mark against ITA ranked opponents and a 15-5 record this spring. Her 24 wins this season are tied for fifth in school history for singles wins in a season.
Niedermayerova, a four-time All-Big 12 singles selection, owns a career record of 104-42 (.712) which is the school record for career singles victories and marks the first time a K-State player has surpassed the 100-win threshold in a career. Her .712 winning percentage ranks second in school history.