Aug. 17, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State sophomore Petra Niedermayerova added another honor to her already impressive resume with the Wildcats as she was named an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete. This is the 14th time a Wildcat has earned the honor and the first since the 2005 season, with Niedermayerova becoming the ninth student-athlete to earn the honor.
“This is a big and well-deserved honor,” said K-State head coach Steve Bietau. “As in so many cases, outstanding performances on the court go hand in hand with outstanding performances academically. This is evidence of what an outstanding individual Petra is. Her performances and efforts are not an accident and she is a tremendous ambassador for K-State.”
Niedermayerova is an outstanding student, holding a cumulative 4.0 GPA in economics. In addition to her honor from the ITA, she is also a two-time honoree on the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll. Due to her freshman status last season, she was not eligible for the Academic All-Big 12 honor and Capital One Academic All-District VII at-large team.
In her first season on the court, Niedermayerova became the fourth player in school history to reach the NCAA Championship singles field and the first since Alena Jecminkova in the 2002 season. She concluded the season with a 24-10 overall record, which included a 9-2 mark at number one singles in the Big 12 to finish as the league’s champion.
The native of Brno, Czech Republic, garnered a number of honors in her first season including: 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year, 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, the 2011 ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year and the 2011 ITA Central Region Player to Watch.
She was the second student-athlete in Big 12 women’s tennis history to earn both Big 12 Player of the Year and Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors in the same season, joining Baylor’s Zuzana Zemenova from Baylor in the 2005 campaign. Niedermayerova was also K-State’s 15th student-athlete named to the All-Big 12 singles team and the first since the 2008 season. She was the only freshman to earn the distinction this season.
Also included among her honors, Niedermayerova was named Big 12 Player of the Week on March 29, after she notched three wins over ranked foes in an eight-day span. Niedermayerova achieved a ranking in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings seven times during the 2011 spring season, including five straight weeks from April 12-June 2, which included her final ranking of No. 52. She also tallied her first citation of any kind during the 35th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic on Sept. 19. Regarded as one of the longest running and top collegiate fall tournaments, she received the Mulcahy Sportsmanship Award at the conclusion of the fall event.
Kansas State will open its fall 2011 season on Friday, Sept. 16, at the 36th Annual Milwaukee Tennis Classic.