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Niedermayerova, Wood named Big 12 Scholar-Athletes

By The Mercury

Kansas State senior tennis player Petra Niedermayerova and senior golfer Daniel Wood were named Big 12 Scholar-Athletes of the Year on Wednesday.

It’s the second straight season Niedermayerova has earned the honor in her sport, voted on by the league’s coaches.

Wood is the first Wildcat golfer to win the award.

Niedermayerova, who graduated Phi Beta Kappa in May with a degree in economics and a grade-point-average of 3.97, was named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-America Division Women’s At-Large First-Team recipient last week in an announcement by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Niedermayerova has also been nominated for the 2014 NCAA Woman of the Year award.

In 2013, she was named a Capital One/CoSIDA Academic All-America At-Large First-Team selection. She is the first Wildcat to earn two CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team honors in women’s tennis history.

Niedermayerova is a three-time Academic All-Big 12 selection, as well as a three-time ITA Scholar-Athlete.

Niedermayerova plans to pursue a Ph. D. in economics at Boston University beginning in the fall. Last week, Niedermayerova was also named as one of 20 recipients from the Big 12 to receive the Dr. Prentice Gautt Postgraduate Scholarship.

On the court, Niedermayerova finished her K-State career as the first player in program history to play in four straight NCAA Division-I Singles Championships and was the first player to earn a pair of ITA All-American selections. She was also the 2013 ITA Central Region Player to Watch and the 2011 ITA Central Region Rookie of the Year.

In addition to her All-American honors, the product of Brno, Czech Republic, was the first player in program history to be named a four-time All-Big 12 singles selection. She also was a two-time All-Big 12 doubles honoree and was the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and 2011 Big 12 Freshman of the Year.

Niedermayerova tallied an overall singles record of 105-43 (.709) which is the school record for career singles victories and marks the first time a K-State player surpassed the 100-win threshold for a career.

Last month Wood was one of 14 student-athletes named to the Capital One Academic All-District 7 Men’s At-Large Team, the first Wildcat named to the team since 2005.

Over the last two seasons, Wood was the lone men’s golfer in the Big 12 to earn a 4.0 GPA en route to First-Team Academic All-Big 12 honors.

On the course, Wood finished his career as one of the top golfers in school history. He compiled a 72.43 stroke average his senior year to rank sixth in school history. He also ranks sixth in school history in career tournaments played (42) and seventh in career rounds played (126), while he carded the eighth-best 54-hole score in school history at 206, a mark he accomplished at this season’s Cowboy Classic and Desert Shootout.

Wood tied for seventh at the Big 12 Championship this past season to earn a spot on the All-Big 12 Tournament team and also earned a berth into the NCAA Columbia Regional, the first Wildcat to advance to regional play since 2010.

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