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Niedermayerova is All-Big 12 for 4th time

By The Mercury

Senior Petra Niedermayerova added another honor to her already packed trophy case, as the Kansas State senior tennis player was named All-Big 12 in singles on Tuesday for the fourth time in her career.

Niedermayerova is the first player in the program’s history to earn four All-Big 12 honors in a career.

Ranked No. 55 in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, Niedermayerova has led the Wildcats from the top of the singles lineup with a 24-9 overall record with a 7-5 mark against ITA-ranked opponents and a 15-5 record this spring. Her 24 wins this season ranked tied for fifth in school history for wins in a season.

Niedermayerova completed her Big 12 career with a 26-12 record, with every match played from the No. 1 position.

A two-time ITA All-American, Niedermayerova owns a career record of 104-42 (.712) which is the school record for career singles victories and marks the first time a K-State player has surpassed the 100-win threshold in a career. Her .712 winning percentage is second in school history. In dual-match action, Niedermayerova is 66-19 in her career with all matches coming from the No. 1 position in the K-State lineup.

For the first time in school history, K-State will have a singles player represent the school in four straight NCAA Division-I Women’s Tennis Singles Championships.

The singles championships will be May 21-26 in Athens, Ga., at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Niedermayerova, one of the 49 at-large selections along with 15 automatic qualifiers to the field and one of six selected from the Big 12, owns a career record of 4-3 in her previous three singles championships and has reached the round of 16 in her previous two appearances.

Manhattan’s Center named Coach of the Year

Manhattan native Michael Center was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year on Tuesday honor after leading the ninth-ranked Longhorns (20-5, 4-1 Big 12) to a share of the league’s regular-season title into the national Top 10 for the first time since 2012. It was Center’s fourth time earning the award.

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