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Niedermayerova Named Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year


June 18, 2014

K-State Athletics

MANHATTAN, Kan. – For the second straight season, Petra Niedermayerova collected the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in an announcement by the league office on Tuesday. In the first two years of the award, Niedermayerova is the only recipient of the honor, which is voted on by the league’s coaches.

Niedermayerova, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May with her degree in economics and a grade point average of 3.97, was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division Women’s At-Large First Team recipient last week in an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Niedermayerova has also been nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

In 2013, she was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First Team selection. She is the first Wildcat to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors in women’s tennis history.

Niedermayerova secured her third straight Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII At-Large selection in mid-May and her third Academic All-Big 12 First Team honor at the end of April. She was also a three-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete.

Within the economics department, Niedermayerova was a highly decorated student as she graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May. In her final semester, 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 being 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. She plans to pursue a Ph. D. in economics at Boston University beginning in the fall. Last week, Niedermayerova was also named as one of 20 recipients from the Big 12 Conference of the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship.

On the court, Niedermayerova finished her K-State career as the first player in program history to play in four straight NCAA Division I Singles Championships and was the first player to earn a pair of ITA All-American selections. She was also the 2013 ITA Central Region Player to Watch and the 2011 ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year.

In addition to her All-American honors, the product of Brno, Czech Republic, was the first player in program history to be named a four-time All-Big 12 singles selection. She also was a two-time All-Big 12 doubles honoree and was the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

She tallied an overall singles record of 105-43 (.709) which is the school record for career singles victories and marks the first time a K-State player surpassed the 100-win threshold in their career. Her .709 winning percentage ranks second in school history. She also owns the school records for doubles wins in a career (74), singles wins in a season (32) and doubles wins in a season (27). She completed the 2013-14 season ranked No. 44 in the ITA National Singles rankings and No. 2 in the ITA Central Region singles rankings.