Each month, The Summit League will feature outstanding student-athlete performances from a selected institution as recognized by its Faculty Athletic Representative. The November installment of The Summit League Scholar-Athlete Spotlight features three student-athletes from IUPUI.
Information written and compiled by IUPUI.
Kaitlyn Hickey, Volleyball
IUPUI senior Kaitlyn Hickey has made an impressive mark nationally, while ranking among the university's top students on campus. On the court, Hickey is the only active Division I player with at least 1,500 career kills and 1,500 career digs, becoming the first in Summit League history to hit both milestones. A three-time All-Summit Leaguer, Hickey became IUPUI's first-ever AVCA honorable mention All-American last season after posting a career-high 3.68 kills/set. With Hickey leading the way, IUPUI has claimed three straight Summit League regular season titles and gained the program's first-ever NCAA Tournament berth in 2013. Off the court, Hickey has maintained a 3.66 grade point average while double majoring in accounting and finance from the prestigious Kelley School of Business. She earned IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Scholarship based on her continued excellence on the court, in the classroom and in the community.
Matt O’Leary, Men’s Basketball
Terre Haute, Ind.
IUPUI junior men's basketball player Matt O'Leary has waited more than a year to make his impact felt on the court, but has been beyond inspiring in the classroom during that same span. O'Leary has maintained a 3.76 grade point average while majoring in management in the Kelley School of Business. The 6-foot-8 forward followed his former assistant coach, Jason Gardner, to join the IUPUI basketball program prior to the start of the 2014-15 season. While sitting out due to NCAA Division I transfer rules, O'Leary was twice named to IUPUI's Academic Advisor's List and a proven leader on the practice floor. On the court, O'Leary played 61 games at Loyola University over two seasons, averaging 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He's expected to play an even larger role for the Jaguars, earning high praise from Gardner. "Matt's a winner and a proven leader. He might be our best player and it always helps when your best players are your hardest workers," Gardner said. "He's ready to get back on the court and make an impact on our program. The guys already look up to him and he hasn't played a second yet."
Tori Minnich, Women’s Soccer
Fort Wayne, Ind.
Major: Health Sciences
IUPUI women's soccer junior Tori Minnich is always chasing perfection. So far in the classroom, she's achieved that mark with a perfect 4.0 grade point average four semesters deep into her collegiate career, while majoring in health sciences. Minnich has been one of The Summit League's top offensive weapons this season, racking up six goals and three game-winners. The feisty forward is winding down her junior season with 17 career goals and five assists. She was named to the Capital One Academic All-District 5 second team and Academic All-Summit League as a sophomore and is a two-time All-League performer according to CollegeSportsMadness.com. She was IUPUI's Offensive MVP as a rookie, ranking tenth in The Summit in goals scored. As a sophomore, she upped the output, climbing to sixth in the league in goals and points, including registering the sixth hat trick in IUPUI history during the season.