Two Wildcats appear in final ITA Rankings

By The Mercury

The final rankings for the 2012 women’s tennis season were announced on Thursday by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) and a pair of K-State student-athletes appeared in the singles and doubles polls.

Representing the Wildcats in the rankings were sophomore Petra Niedermayerova and junior Karla Bonacic.

After earning ITA All-American status by reaching the round of 16 at the NCAA Division I Women’s Singles Championships last week, Niedermayerova checked in at No. 26 in the final ITA national singles rankings and as the top player in the ITA Central Region rankings. This was the second straight season Niedermayerova has finished as the top ranked player in the Central Region. Niedermayerova will be the top ranked player returning for the 2012-13 season within the Big 12.

For the 2011-12 season, Niedermayerova finished with an overall record of 24-13 (.649) including a 9-12 mark against ranked opponents.

Bonacic checked in at No. 102 in the final ITA national singles rankings and is ranked No. 9 in the ITA Central Region rankings. She garnered her first career national ranking prior to the start of the 2012 dual match season, checking in at No. 94 in the nation and No. 7 in the Central Region rankings.

Earning her first career All-Big 12 citation this season in singles player, Bonacic set the pace for the Wildcats’ on the court this season. The native of Split, Croatia, tallied a career-high 22-9 record in the 2011-12 season including a team-leading 7-2 effort in Big 12 action from the number two position in the singles lineup.

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