Niedermayerova named Academic All-District First Team

By The Mercury

The awards and honors continue to pile up for Kansas State’s Petra Niedermayerova, as the sophomore was named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII Women s At-Large First Team on Thursday.

The Academic All District honorees advance to the Capital One Academic All America Team ballot, where first , second- and third team All America honorees will be selected later this month.

Niedermayerova adds Thursday’s Academic All-District honor to her Academic All-Big 12 First-Team honor from earlier this season and her 2011 ITA Scholar-Athlete honor from last summer.

With her first team citation, Niedermayerova becomes the fourth K-State women’s tennis student-athlete to earn Academic All-District VII honors and the first since Jessica Simosa in the 2006 season.

As an economics major, Niedermayerova boasts a 3.94 grade point average.

Within the economics department, she has been highly decorated, as she was the recipient of the 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 and service to the economics department at K-State.

On the court this season, Niedermayerova earned her second straight All-Big 12 singles honor by registering a 6-3 Big 12 record from the number one position in the lineup and an overall mark of 22-12 (.647)  including a 7-11 record against ranked opponents.

Niedermayerova’s 22 wins this season she is tied for 10th in school history for wins in a season.

With her All-Big 12 singles honor this season, Niedermayerova is the fifth player in school history to earn multiple All-Big 12 singles honors and was a unanimous selection for the second straight season by the league s coaches.

On May 23-28, she will be the second player in school history to make consecutive appearances in the NCAA national singles championship, as she will travel to Athens, Ga., to compete at the Dan Magill Tennis Complex.

Ranked No. 29 in the Campbell/ITA national singles rankings as of April 30, Niedermayerova is 46-22 (.676) in her career and is 14-13 against ITA ranked foes.

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