ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected IUPUI cross country runner Robert Murphy (Warsaw, Ind.) as the Male Athlete of the Month and Oral Roberts volleyball player Laura Milos (Porec, Croatia) as the Female Athlete of the Month for August/September.
Murphy garners his first career Athlete of the Month honor after securing a pair of individual wins and one runner-up finish in September. The senior won the Butler Open on Sept. 2 with a season-best 6K time of 18:22.3 and helped the Jaguars place first in the event. On Sept. 30, he took medalist honors at the Notre Dame Joe Piane Invitational, clocking a season-best five-mile time of 24:19.4. His 8K time of 25:36.04 placed him second at the Indiana Intercollegiates on Sept. 16. A three-time Summit League Athlete of the Week, Murphy has beaten 263 of the 264 competitors he has run against this season. He became the first runner in IUPUI history to win multiple individual meets in a season and has helped the Jags to a No. 7 ranking in the Great Lakes Region.
Milos collects the first Athlete of the Month award in her career after leading the nation in kills per set (5.80), aces per set (0.93) and points per set (6.91). She also ranks second nationally in total aces, total points and is third in total kills. A two-time Offensive Player of the Week this season, she recorded a triple-double (22 kills, 13 digs, 10 service aces) in the four-set win over Central Arkansas on Sept. 2. She added a 35-kill, 25-dig performance against Stephen F. Austin (Sept. 9) and had a 28-kill, 10-dig outing in the win over UTEP (Aug. 27). In addition to her triple-double, the junior had five double-doubles during the month. A member of the Tulsa Invitational All-Tournament Team, Milos averaged 5.80 kills per set, 2.41 digs per set, 0.93 service aces per set and 0.34 blocks per set during the months of August and September.
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Kortne Ford, Denver, soccer; Devin Jenkins, Fort Wayne, golf; Derek Warner, North Dakota State, cross country; Fazlo Alihodzic, Omaha, soccer; Santiago Riveros, Oral Roberts, soccer; Eldon Warner, South Dakota, cross country; Joel Reichow, South Dakota State, cross country; Jacob Bevan, Western Illinois, soccer
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Ruth Okoye, Denver, volleyball; Olivia Hahn, Fort Wayne, volleyball; Catherine Raster, IUPUI, soccer; Holly Enderle, North Dakota State, soccer; Brittany Jessen, South Dakota, volleyball; Hallie Getz, South Dakota State, golf; Kaili Simmons, Western Illinois, volleyball
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Celebrating its 35th season of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 120,000 at nine institutions, including four located in top 60 U.S. metro populations and two land-grant universities. Member institutions include: Denver (University of Denver), Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), North Dakota State University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), Oral Roberts University, the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced eight NCAA Champions along with over 80 Academic All-Americans, 75 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. For more information about the league, visit www.thesummitleague.org website, follow The Summit League on Twitter @thesummitleague and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.