ATHENS, Ga. — Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova saw her illustrious collegiate career come to a close on Thursday afternoon, as she lost to No. 8 Jennifer Brady of UCLA, 6-2, 6-4, in the second round of the 2014 NCAA Singles Championships at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.
The senior finished her final season with a 25-10 singles record, including an 8-6 mark against ITA-ranked opponents. Her 25 wins this season rank fifth in school history for singles wins in a year.
In the opening set, neither player was able to hold service through the first five games. Brady, a freshman that helped UCLA capture the team title earlier this week, took control of the match by holding serve for the first time to lead 4-2 and closed out Niedermayerova in the opening frame. Niedermayerova trailed at the start of all eight games in the set.
Both players settled into their service games in the second set. Brady broke Niedermayerova’s service in the third game to capture a 2-1 lead and followed by increasing her lead to 3-1 in the next game. Both players held serve for the remainder of the set.
Niedermayerova concluded her K-State career as the most decorated women’s tennis student-athlete in school history.
The product of Brno, Czech Republic, was the first two-time ITA All-American in school history. She was also a four-time All-Big 12 singles selection, a two-time All-Big 12 doubles honoree and earned 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors.
In her school record four appearances in the NCAA Singles Championships, Niedermayerova registered a 5-4 record, including a 4-0 mark in three-set matches. She reached the Round of 16 in two appearances (2012 and 2013).
Niedermayerova finished her K-State career with an overall singles record of 105-43, 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 is 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).
In the classroom, Niedermayerova was a 2013 Capital One Academic All-American At-Large First Team selection, a three-time Capital One Academic All-District VII selection and a three-time Academic All-Big 12 First Team recipient.
As a team entering the 2014-15 season, the Wildcats will welcome back six players from its 2013-14 lineup, headlined by senior Amina St. Hill. The Wildcats will add Tegan Louw into the mix as she missed the 2013-14 season due to injury.