KPU Eagles women's basketball welcomes five new recruits

Wed, Aug 6, 2014

Metro Vancouver…..The KPU Eagles department of athletics and recreation and women’s basketball Head Coach Dan Nayebzadeh are pleased to announce five new recruits to the program for the 2014/15 PACWEST/CCAA season.

Coach Nayebzadeh is pleased with this year’s recruiting class, with particular notes to the offense. “We have a great group of talented women coming into our program, particularly adding to the depth of our offense with our new point guards,” he states, “Our recruits are hard-working and will positively add to our program’s work ethic and culture.”

Samantha Kelleigh, 5’8”, Skagit Valley Community College
Samantha comes to KPU as a 3rd year transfer from Skagit Valley Community College, who brings a wealth of experience and maturity to the program. As a sophomore, she received a 2nd team all-star award, led her team to a 10-4 finish in league standing and a birth to the NWACC Championships.  Coach Nayebzadeh notes that Samantha is an ultra-competitive player who will make an immediate impact with the program.

Navneet Mann, 5’4”, Guard, South Okanagan Secondary
Navneet is a left-handed shooter who has very high basketball IQ.  She has great passion for the game and brings energy and intensity to our team.  Coach Nayebzadeh looks forward to helping Navneet develop her game at the university level.

Ana Moroziuk, 5’4”, Point Guard, Penticton Secondary
Ana comes to KPU as an extremely hard working athlete who will add depth to the point guard position.  Ana is very quick and agile and a strong defender.  Coach Nayebzadeh will be a great addition to the program and looks forward to the contributions she will make.

Zahyna Lewis, 5’11”, Forward, Salmon Arm SecondaryZahyna comes from a Salmon Arm program with great basketball tradition. She is very athletic and shows great poise and competitive sprit on the basketball court. Coach Nayebzadeh notes Zahyna has a high basketball IQ and her ability to rebound will be an asset to the program.

Amelia Worrell, 5’6”, Point Guard, K12 International Academy
Amelia comes to KPU as an energetic, aggressive guard.  She is an exceptional defender and a hard worker.  Coach Nayebzadeh notes Amelia is going to be a great addition to the program and her work ethic will be contagious.

Coach Nayebzadeh is very excited about this upcoming season. “I think we will see some exciting things this season with our core of experienced returners and the addition of our newcomers,” he states, “The league will be very competitive so we will have to work extremely hard to have the kind of success that we plan to have”.

The Eagles basketball programs begin their regular season on the road on Friday, October 31st in Abbotsford versus the CBC Bearcats. Their home opener will be on Friday, November 7th in the Eagles Nest versus the Capilano Blues; the women will tip off at 6:00pm and the men will tip off at 8:00pm.

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The KPU Eagles Department of Athletics & Recreation enters its 14th season of interuniversity competition. The Eagles are members of the PACWEST conference and play in the Canadian College Athletic Association (CCAA) with 100 student-athletes participating on eight varsity teams in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, badminton and golf. KPU athletics plays its home games at the Eagles’ Nest (Surrey Campus), Northview Golf & Country Club, Newton Athletic Park, all located in Surrey, BC and the Ace Badminton Centre in Richmond, BC.  The Eagles are active in the conference with staff members on various advisory committees and competing to host both provincial and national championships. The student-athletes are mainly from the lower mainland but KPU’s rosters have included student-athletes from North America, South America, Asia and Europe.

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