ELMHURST, Ill. - The Summit League has selected Oral Roberts volleyball player Laura Milos (Porec, Croatia) as the Female Athlete of the Month and South Dakota State basketball player Mike Daum (Kimball, Neb.) as the Male Athlete of the Month for November.
Milos collects her third-career Athlete of the Month award after securing the August/September Athlete of the Month designation earlier this year. The senior closed her historic career with a 5.3 kills per set average, while hitting at a .290 clip and adding 10 service aces. She willed the Golden Eagles to the league Championship match by posting a season-high 32 kills in the semi-final against South Dakota. The Summit League Volleyball Player of the Year hit .338 and added 18 digs to pull Oral Roberts from an 0-2 semi-final deficit and advance to the final. Milos helped her team to its first postseason appearance since 2006, reaching the opening round of the NIVC. She finished the 2017 season nationally-ranked in five statistical categories: third in total kills (560) third in kills per set (5.28), third in points per set (6.01), fourth in total points (637) and fifth in aces per set (0.52).
Also nominated for the Women's Athlete of the Month: Mikaela Purnell, volleyball, North Dakota State; Brittany Jessen, volleyball, South Dakota; Macy Miller, basketball, South Dakota State
Daum earns his first-career Athlete of the Month honor after averaging 20.1 points per game and 8.2 rebounds per game during November. His efforts guided South Dakota State to a 7-2 record, with its only losses coming to Kansas and Wyoming. The Jackrabbits secured two wins over Power-5 conference members, Iowa and Mississippi, over this time span. The junior posted nine double figure scoring games, including five 20-plus games and two 30-plus scoring efforts. His work on both sides of the ball earned him the November 20 Player of the Week honor. The league's reigning Player of the Year averaged a league-high 30.2 minutes per game and shot 43.4 percent from the field.
Also nominated for the Men's Athlete of the Month: Bryson Scott, basketball, Fort Wayne; Paul Miller, basketball, North Dakota State; Albert Owens, basketball, Oral Roberts; Isaac Morris, diving, South Dakota
2017-18 Athletes of the Month
Month Male, School, Sport Female, School, Sport
August/September Elvir Ibisevic, Omaha, soccer Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball
October Andre Shinyashiki, Denver, soccer Maggie Smither, South Dakota State, soccer
November Mike Daum, South Dakota State, basketball Laura Milos, Oral Roberts, volleyball
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