IUPUI's Hyland, Fort Wayne's McGill Named August/September Athletes of the Month

IUPUI's Kyle Hyland and Fort Wayne's Tessa McGill
IUPUI's Kyle Hyland and Fort Wayne's Tessa McGill

ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected IUPUI men’s soccer player Kyle Hyland (Bay Village, Ohio) as the Male Athlete of the Month and Fort Wayne volleyball player Tessa McGill (Muncie, Ind.) as the Female Athlete of the Month for August/September.

Hyland captures the Male Athlete of the Month award after leading the league in goals scored. His eight goals put him in a tie for sixth place in the country through September. The midfielder recorded a pair of two-goal games in wins over Detroit (8/24) and Eastern Illinois (9/22). The two-time Offensive Player of the Week also registered the match-winner over Valparaiso (9/19). His other goals this season came against Milwaukee (Aug. 31), Xavier (Sept. 5) and UIC (Sept. 14). Hyland leads the league in goals (8), points (18), shots (45), game-winning goals (3) and shots on goal (23). He has already scored four times as many goals halfway through his senior season as he did his first three years combined.

McGill earns Female Athlete of the Month honors after leading Fort Wayne to a 15-3 record during the month and first place in the league standings. The senior set a school record with 28 digs in a three-set match in the season-opening win over Murray State on Aug. 24. Four days later, she led the Mastodons to their first victory over Ball State (3-1) since 2007 with 24 digs and a career-high six assists. She set a season-high 29 digs in a five-set loss at Michigan State (receiving votes in the national poll) and tied that mark twice in wins against IUPUI (Sept. 18) and North Dakota State (Sept. 29). A two-time Defensive Player of the Week this season, McGill is tied for second in league history with seven career defensive awards. She earned all-tournament team honors at the Hyatt Place Fort Wayne/IPFW Invitational and led the league in digs (392) and digs per set (6.03) for the month. Her digs per set rank fourth in the nation and she finished the month ranked second in Fort Wayne history and fifth all-time in Summit League history with 1,961 career digs.

Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Korbin Kuehn, Kansas City, golf; Nathan Anderson, North Dakota State, golf; Kyle Bethel, Oakland, soccer; Michael Krsnak, South Dakota State, cross country; Yves Dietrich, Western Illinois, soccer.

Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Kelsey Hoefer, IUPUI, volleyball; Taylor Bare, Kansas City, soccer; Brittni Hutton, Oakland, cross country; Kelli Fiegen, South Dakota State, volleyball; Laura Atkinson, Western Illinois, soccer.