ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League selected Denver men's soccer player Karsten Hanlin (Centennial, Colo.) as the Male Athlete of the Month and South Dakota volleyball player Audrey Reeg (Dubuque, Iowa) as the Female Athlete of the Month for October.
Hanlin garners his first career Athlete of the Month honor after totaling six points on two goals and a pair of assists while leading Denver to a 6-0-1 record in October. He helped lead the Pioneers to a victory at then-No. 9 Butler and scored the game-winner while assisting on his team's first goal in a victory over New Mexico, which was receiving votes in the national poll. Hanlin scored his other game-winner during the month in a 2-0 victory over Western Illinois. His sixth point of the month came on an assist in a 2-0 win over Oral Roberts. Hanlin averaged 0.86 points per game while helping Denver reach a Summit League men's record with a No. 4 national ranking.
Reeg collects the first Athlete of the Month award of her career after averaging 4.13 kills and 3.67 digs per set while helping South Dakota to seven wins in nine October contests. She recorded six double-doubles during the month, including an 18-kill, 16-dig performance that led the Coyotes to a 3-2 victory over Fort Wayne after starting the match down 2-0. A two-time Offensive Player of the Week selection, Reeg recorded 19 kills in matches against IUPUI and Omaha and 16 digs against both Fort Wayne and Western Illinois. She hit .300 or better in six matches, including a .457 clip at Omaha. Her efforts played a key role in South Dakota achieving its best start (10-2) in Summit League play and reaching the 20-victory plateau for the first time at the Division I level.
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Mike Novotny, Eastern Illinois, soccer; Jacob Murphy, Fort Wayne, soccer; Robert Murphy, IUPUI, cross country; Cody Burrows, Oral Roberts, golf; Fernando Pacheco, Western Illinois, soccer
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Kayla Principato, Denver, volleyball; Nicole Rightnowar, Fort Wayne, volleyball; Gabby Fisher, IUPUI, volleyball; Mikaela Purnell, North Dakota State, volleyball; Lexi Jones, Oral Roberts, soccer
ABOUT THE SUMMIT LEAGUE
In its fourth decade 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 75 Academic All-Americans, 65 All-America selections and numerous former student-athletes competing at the highest professional level. In 2014-15, The Summit League ranked first for NCAA Graduation Success Rate in women's basketball and second in baseball. For more information about the league and to "See The Summit", visit the newly re-designed www.thesummitleague.org website, follow Summit League Basketball on Twitter @summithoops and watch the weekly "Inside The Summit League" show at www.thesummitleague.org/itsl.