July 11, 2014
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State tennis received a team academic accolade, as well as a number of individual honors on Friday, as the Wildcats were selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) 2014 All-Academic Team and saw five players earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status.
This is the sixth time in the program’s history that K-State has received ITA All-Academic Team status and the first time since the 2006 season. The Wildcats were one of six teams in the Big 12 to earn the honor this season, joining Baylor, Oklahoma, Texas, Texas Tech and West Virginia.
The ITA All-Academic Team award is open to any ITA member program that has a cumulative team grade point average of 3.20 or above (on a 4.00 scale). All eligible student-athletes whose names appear on the NCAA eligibility form and have competed in one or more varsity matches must average into the GPA for the current academic year (including fall 2013 and spring 2014).
K-State’s five student-athletes to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete recognition were: Iva Bago, Livia Cirnu, Palma Juhasz, Petra Niedermayerova and Tegan Louw. This was the fourth straight ITA Scholar-Athlete honor for Niedermayerova, while Bago, Cirnu, Juhasz and Louw earned the distinction for the first time in their careers. The five recipients in one season is a program high, topping the previous best of four from the 1996-97 season.
In order to earn ITA Scholar-Athlete status a player must meet the following criteria: 1.) be a varsity letter winner, 2.) have a grade point average of at least 3.50 (on a 4.00 scale) for the current academic year, and 3.) have been enrolled at their present school for at least 2 semesters (including freshman through senior year).
All members of the 2014 All-Academic Teams and ITA Scholar-Athletes receive a certificate to recognize the achievement.
Academically, the 2013-14 K-State roster received a combined 13 Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll citations between the fall and spring semesters. Senior Petra Niedermayerova closed out her K-State career with a number of academic honors including: Capital One Academic All-America At-Large First Team, Capital One Academic All-District 7 At-Large First Team, All-Big 12 First Team and for the second straight year was named the Big 12 Women’s Tennis Student-Athlete of the Year.
K-State’s young roster also received academic recognition as Bago, Cirnu, Juhasz and Maria Panaite were all named to the Big 12 Academic All-Rookie Team in June.
Entering the 2014-15 season, the Wildcats will welcome back six players from its 2013-14 lineup headlined by rising senior Amina St. Hill and will add Tegan Louw into the mix as she missed the 2013-14 season due to injury.
The Wildcats will also welcome a pair of freshmen, Laura Hopton and Adriana Rajkovic. K-State finished the 2013-14 season with a 10-13 overall record and ranked No. 6 in the ITA Central Region rankings and No. 68 in the ITA National Team rankings.