Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The September installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from Fort Wayne.
Kyle Ackerman, Men’s Soccer
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Toronto, Ontario
Kyle Ackerman appeared in every game during the 2011 season, his sophomore campaign. He registered one goal, three assists and had 11 shots on goal. His game-winning goal against Eastern Illinois clinched Fort Wayne’s first berth to the league tournament. He is a true leader on the field and an inspiration to his teammates for his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game as well as for his academic excellence. He has been named to the Dean’s List both his freshman and sophomore years, he was named to the Academic All-League team both years, and named to the Commissioner’s List for Academic Excellence. Ackerman was the organizer and participant in the Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, as well as a representative on our SAAC group.
Bruno Carvalho, Men’s Golf
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Jr./Pelotas, Brazil
Major: Civil Engineering
Bruno Carvalho has improved every year he has been on the golf team. During the 2011-12 season, he had a 73.6 average over 15 rounds. At The Summit League Championships he recorded a round of 66, a new Fort Wayne record, while finishing tied for 19th place overall. His best finish came at the Tennessee State Intercollegiate tournament where he tied for seventh overall. Carvalho received The Summit League Academic All-League Distinguished Scholar Award his freshman year and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma Society (an IPFW Honor Society) and Phi Alpha Sigma (National Honor Society) in recognition of his outstanding academic achievements. Head coach Billy King states: “Bruno has been an outstanding student-athlete his entire career. He exemplifies what I am looking for in building our team. His leadership and willingness to help our young guys is greatly appreciated"
Megan Steenhuysen, Volleyball
Eligibility Year/Hometown: Sr./Grand Rapids, Mich.
Megan Steenhuysen made an impact on the Fort Wayne volleyball team from the first time she stepped onto the IPFW campus. As a freshman, she played in 25 matches and led the team in assists that year. She had three service aces during her freshman year, the last one winning The Summit League Tournament. As a sophomore, she earned The Summit League’s Setter of the Year honor as well as being named to the Fall All-Academic Team. During her junior year, she started every match, led the team in assists with 1,333, which ranked her 33rd in the NCAA and first in The Summit League for assists per match. Megan’s enthusiasm for the game is obvious in her statement that “….I am a little undersized for my position at this level but that has only motivated me even more to be the best player I can be”. Her head coach Kelley Hartley Hutton states that "Megan is a special student-athlete because she understands what it means to be a good citizen on campus and how to be a good team mate". She is the captain of the team and serves on IPFW’s SAAC team and volunteers for many community service activities.