McPhail & Maichin KPU Eagles/Sheraton Guildford Vancouver Athletes of the Week', week ending Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wed, Mar 4, 2015

Metro Vancouver.....The KPU Eagles are proud to announce their Sheraton Vancouver Guildford 'Athletes of the Week' for the week ending Sunday, March 1, 2015 as Samantha McPhail, Vancouver, BC, of women’s basketball and Spencer Maichin, Delta, BC of men's basketball.

WBB 22 Samantha McPhail 14/15
McPhail, a fifth-year post, closed out her regular-season university career by dominating on both ends of the court. The criminology major racked up two double-doubles in the Eagles’ victories over Douglas and Langara; 15 points, 10 rebounds, two steals over the Royals and 15 points, 13 rebounds, one assist over the Falcons.

Eagles head coach Dan Nayebzadeh stated, "Aggressive on both offense and defense, Sam played an integral part in our wins over Douglas and Langara due to her determination and strength. She gave a ton of trouble to both teams, by being extremely active on the boards and getting her hands on all available rebounds – in particular, this helped to pull us ahead of Douglas in the third quarter when we were trailing the entire game and ended with a four-point win. She had an exceptional weekend shooting, and with her timing and strength she helped control the pace and tempo of the games for us.”

MBB 9 Spencer Maichin 14/15
Maichin has been a strong defender for the Eagles all season long. The third-year point guard possesses impressive speed, quick hands, and strong basketball IQ, which in turn work together to force multiple opponent turnovers. This past Thursday Maichin had a season-high scoring night as he racked up 16 points against the Douglas College Royals.

“Spencer was a leader both on and off the court during the last two KPU Eagles regular season games. He understands the game well and anticipates his opponent’s moves, which makes him a major threat,” noted Eagles Assistant Coach Codie Hindle, “Defensively he challenged the ball which caused the opponents to scramble and turn the ball over. Spencer’s leadership allowed us to show our competitiveness and his positive attitude towards his teammates was outstanding. “

For more information on the Department of Athletics & Recreation, please contact Junelle Mah, sports information and marketing, at 604-786-0804 or at 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 Collegiate 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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