DU’s Dunk, Schmid Named Athletes of the Month

Denver's Reagan Dunk & Sarah Schmid
Denver's Reagan Dunk & Sarah Schmid

August/September Athletes of the Month

ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected Denver men’s soccer player Reagan Dunk (Dallas, Texas) as the Male Athlete of the Month and Denver volleyball player Sarah Schmid (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) as the Female Athlete of the Month for August/September.
 
Dunk collects his first career Athlete of the Month honor after leading Denver to a Top-10 national ranking and an unbeaten record (8-0-1) during the month. The junior defender ended September ranked fourth nationally with six assists. DU also had five clean sheets in the nine games for the 14th-best shutout percentage in the NCAA. The Sept. 28 Defensive Player of the Week, Dunk anchors a Pioneer backline that have allowed just 20 shots on goal (2.22/game) and the 11th-best goals against average in the country (0.54). Denver ended the month ranked eighth in the NSCAA coaches poll and has wins over No. 17 South Florida and at Saint Louis, which was receiving votes, along with a draw against No. 19 UC Santa Barbara. For the month, Dunk has six assists, two coming vs. Western Illinois, for six points with two shots.

Schmid nets her first career Athlete of the Month award after leading Denver to a 14-4 record and 2-1 mark in Summit League play. The senior had a pair of career-high 10 block matches against San Diego State and IUPUI while recording three nine-block contests (UT-Arlington, Air Force, New Mexico State). She added four double-digit kill matches with a high of 14 at UTEP and at IUPUI. The middle blocker is a two-time Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 8 & 28) selection and was named to the Denver Invitational All-Tournament Team. For the month, Schmid averaged 1.34 blocks per set, 1.99 kills per set, 0.57 digs per set, 0.15 assists per set and 0.13 aces per set, along with a .422 hitting percentage.

Also nominated for the Men’s Athlete of the Month: Austin West, Fort Wayne, soccer; Robert Murphy, IUPUI, cross country; Matthew Rogers, Oral Roberts, soccer; Mubarik Musa, South Dakota, cross country; Trent Lusignan, South Dakota State, cross country

Also nominated for the Women’s Athlete of the Month: Kiley Dunning, Fort Wayne, soccer; Kaitlyn Hickey, IUPUI, volleyball; Lauren Miller, North Dakota State, soccer; Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball; Amber Eichkorn, South Dakota, cross country; Madison Lefler, Western Illinois, cross country