May 8, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State women's tennis was rewarded on Wednesday with a pair of student-athletes on the All-Big 12 singles and doubles teams in an announcement by the league office. The two players to garner the honors for the second straight season were junior Petra Niedermayerova and senior Karla Bonacic. Niedermayerova also collected the inaugural Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award for women's tennis.
"Consistency is always important and it doesn't matter the sport," said head coach Steve Bietau on his pair of Big 12 honorees. "When you have somebody that performs at a high level on a consistent basis like Petra and Karla, to me, that is one of the most impressive things that you can do. It has been valuable for our team and it has been a lot fun to work with them and it has been a pleasure to be around them."
This is the fifth season Bietau has placed two of his players on the All-Big 12 singles team and the first time he has done so in consecutive seasons since the 2000 and 2001 campaigns. The All-Big 12 doubles honor for the tandem of Bonacic and Niedermayerova marks the second straight season the duo has earned the recognition and becomes the second doubles team in school history to earn the award in consecutive seasons (Yana Dorodnova and Lena Piliptchak, 1997 & 1998).
With her award on Wednesday, Niedermayerova is the second player in school history to earn three straight All-Big 12 singles honors, joining former Wildcat Alena Jecminkova from 2000-02.
Niedermayerova, a two-time Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-American and the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, is currently ranked No. 15 in the ITA national singles rankings. Niedermayerova owns an overall record of 30-9 (.769) this season, including a 6-3 record in Big 12 play from the number position in the lineup. Her career-high 30 wins this season rank second in school history for wins in a season.
Niedermayerova earned a seeded position into the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles Championships, and by doing so, is automatically rewarded with ITA All-American status for the second straight season. She is the first two-time ITA All-American in school history.
For her career, Niedermayerova is 78-32 (.709) to rank second in school history for career victories. Niedermayerova's career singles winning percentage of .709 ranks second in school history. She owns a 51-14 career mark in dual matches, including a Big 12 mark of 21-8 from the number one position.
With her 2013 Big 12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year citation, the product of Brno, Czech Republic added the honor to her pair of Academic All-Big 12 First Team honors and her 2012 Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-District VII First Team award. Niedermayerova, an economics major who boasts a 4.0 grade point average over her last two semesters and a stellar 3.96 cumulative GPA, is a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete selection.
"I have told many people who have commented on what a great tennis player she is, and I have said this many times, she is a better student," said Bietau about Niedermayerova. "You read about her tennis accomplishments all of the time, but she is equally if not more impressive academically. And to do those two things together at the level that she does is pretty much off the charts."
Within the economics department, Niedermayerova has been highly decorated, as she was the recipient of the 2012 Dudley Williams Sophomore Book Prize, awarded annually to two outstanding sophomores by the Beta of Kansas Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and the Duane L. and Leslee K. Cantrell Scholarship, based on outstanding academic performance & service to the economics department at K-State in 2012.
Bonacic, a two-time All-Big 12 selection in singles, completed her singles career with an overall record of 75-41 (.647) to rank fifth in school history for career singles victories and fifth for career singles winning percentage. In Big 12 action this season, the product of Split, Croatia, registered a team-leading record of 7-2 from the number two position in the lineup. Over the last two seasons, Bonacic is 14-4 in Big 12 action.
K-State's number one doubles tandem and 2013 Big 12 number one doubles champions, Niedermayerova and Bonacic garnered their second straight All-Big 12 doubles citation. The duo is currently ranked No. 26 in the ITA doubles rankings and own an overall record of 21-10 this season. The tandem ended the season by winning 10 of their final 12 matches and finished Big 12 action with a 7-2 record. Over the last three seasons when paired together, Bonacic and Niedermayerova are 34-26 and have been ranked together in the ITA doubles rankings for 12 straight rankings dating back to April 17, 2012.
Niedermayerova and Bonacic were one of five doubles pairs from the Big 12 to be selected into this year's 32-team NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Doubles Championship field. The duo earned one of the 21 at-large bids into the field. Kansas State will be represented among the 32-team doubles portion of the championship for the first time since the 1995 season and for just the second time in school history.
"I'm really happy with the progression they have gone through," said Bietau of his top doubles team. "Clearly two very good tennis players, but most coaches will tell you that two very good tennis players does not make a good doubles team. They've added so many skills and developed themselves individually as doubles players and they have developed themselves together as a team and that has been an ongoing process over the last two years. It's very rewarding to see how well they have played this season."
In combination with her results with both Bonacic and freshman Ivana Kubickova (5-1), Niedermayerova set the school record for doubles victories in a season with her mark of 26-11. In her career, Niedermayerova owns a doubles mark of 59-40 (.596) to rank ninth in school history for career doubles wins.
Bonacic has only played doubles this season with Niedermayerova, carding a record of 21-10 this season. In her career, Bonacic is 60-58 (.508) in doubles action and ranks tied for seventh in school history for career doubles victories.
Kansas State will begin competition at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Tennis Singles and Doubles Championships on May 22 in Urbana, Ill.
2013 Big 12 Women's Tennis Awards
Coach of the Year: Joey Scrivano, Baylor
Player of the Year: Ema Burgic, Baylor
Scholar-Athlete of the Year: Petra Niedermayerova
Freshman of the Year: Breaunna Addison, Texas
Newcomer of the Year: Hermon Brhane, Oklahoma
All-Big 12 Singles
Ema Burgic, Baylor; Jordaan Sanford, Baylor; Karla Bonacic, Kansas State; Petra Niedermayerova, Kansas State; Hermon Brhane, Oklahoma; Whitney Ritchie, Oklahoma; Malika Rose, Oklahoma State; Stefanie Tan, TCU; Breaunna Addison, Texas; Elizabeth Begley, Texas; Aeriel Ellis, Texas; Samantha Adams, Texas Tech
All-Big 12 Doubles
Burgic/Kisialeva, Baylor; Niedermayerova/Bonacic, Kansas State; Ritchie/Brhane, Oklahoma; Rose/Narattana, Oklahoma State; Addison/Scott, Texas; Kilgo/Adams, Texas Tech