ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected Denver tennis player Diogo Rocha (Lisbon, Portugal) as the Male Athlete of the Month and North Dakota State softball player Logan Moreland (Woodland, Calif.) as the Female Athlete of the Month for April.
Rocha captured his second career Athlete of the Month award after leading Denver to its third consecutive Summit League Championship title. The junior teamed with Zach Fryer at No. 3 doubles and earned 6-3 wins over Omaha and Oral Roberts in the league championship. He also notched a win over ORU’s Jan Pehnec at No. 2 singles, 6-2, 6-2, in the championship match. His contest against UNO went unfinished in the semifinals. Prior to the championship, he helped Denver to a 5-2 win over No. 62 New Mexico and went 4-0 in singles and 3-0 in doubles league matches during the month. Rocha was named The Summit League’s Player of the Year and earned a spot on the all-league team.
Moreland earned her first career Athlete of the Month award after guiding North Dakota State to a perfect 14-0 league record (14-1 overall) during the month. The senior shortstop, in the midst of a 20-game hit streak, registered a base hit in all 15 games and had 11 multi-hit, 10 multi-RBI and nine multi-run games during the month. On April 13, vs. Fort Wayne, she went 3-for-5 with four RBI, three runs scored and tied the single-game school record with two home runs. She also had four RBI on April 16 against South Dakota State and had four games in April in which she had at least three hits and three RBI. For the month, the California native batted .577 (30-for-52) with a 1.096 slugging percentage and .610 on-base percentage. She totaled 30 RBI, 23 runs, 17 stolen bases, eight homers and three doubles. The Bison have won 24 straight Summit League games, second in league history, dating back to last year.
Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Greg Kaiser, Fort Wayne, baseball; Rylan Porter, IUPUI, golf; Drew Fearing, North Dakota State, baseball; Tyler Fox, Omaha, baseball; Noah Cummings, Oral Roberts, baseball; Teivaskie Lewin, South Dakota, track & field; Matt Johnson, South Dakota State, baseball; Andrew Blackburn, Western Illinois, baseball
Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Julia O’Loughlin, Denver, tennis; Olivia Coleman, Fort Wayne, track & field; Amairany Cruz, IUPUI, track & field; Sydney Hames, Omaha, softball; Tamaira Williams, Oral Roberts, track & field; Yvon Minogue, South Dakota, softball; Jazzelena Black, South Dakota State, track & field; Rachel Beatty, Western Illinois, softball
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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 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.