By Andy Watson, Vikes Communications
VICTORIA, B.C. (ISN) – The University of Victoria Vikes women’s basketball program and head coach Rich Chambers are pleased to announce the commitment of Jenna Bugiardini, Ashley McGinnis, Nicole Karstein, Melynda Van der Borgh and Jenna Krug to the Vikes program.
Guard Jenna Bugiardini of Hamilton, Ont., point guard Ashley McGinnis of Oliver, B.C., forward Nicole Karstein of Kamloops, B.C., forward Melynda Van der Borgh of Calgary and guard Jenna Krug of North Vancouver will join the Vikes program in the fall. The five recruits join forward Mikaela Turik of Sydney, Australia, who was previously announced early last fall.
“We are extremely excited by the very athletic and diverse athletes we have recruited to the UVic women’s basketball program for next year,” said Chambers, unveiling his first recruiting class as head coach. “Our goal was to get more athletic and to add size, and we have done that. We have three provincial players, a wonderful all-purpose player from Australia, and two very gifted athletes that will make our team so much more difficult to defend and score against.”
“All of these new recruits love to be in the gym and all of them are committed to getting better and be a proud part of the storied Vikes women’s basketball program.”
UVic assistant coach Dani Sinclair (Everitt), a former CIS star player at McMaster and UVic, echoed Chambers’ praise for the new Vikes.
“This talented group of recruits will give us more versatility on both ends of the floor, with their added size and quickness,” Sinclair said. “We are all very excited to see what great things they will each bring to our program.”
HOMETOWN: Hamilton, Ont.
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Mary Catholic Secondary School
ABOUT: Jenna Bugiardini played rep-level basketball for the Hamilton Transway club for nine years, winning two provincial gold medals and one Eastern Canadian championship. She’s played on several provincial teams including the U15 Team Ontario squad as an alternate in 2008 (alternate) and playing to a national championship in 2009. Bugiardini was also a member of the U-17 Team Ontario team that won national championship in 2011. A product of the St. Mary basketball program in Hamilton (four seasons, 2008-2011), she won a Quad-A OFSAA championship in 2010, and a Triple-A OFSAA championship in 2011. She plans to study Business
POSITION: Point Guard
HOMETOWN: Oliver, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: South Okanagan Secondary School
ABOUT: Ashley McGinnis has been a member of three B.C. provincial teams, winning a national silver medal in 2009 at the U-15 level, playing with B.C. again in 2010 at the U-16 age, and then again as a starter on the provincial medallist Team B.C. squad that won silver in Winnipeg last summer. A junior all-native 2010 champion and all star, she was the junior all-native MVP, winning all-star honours again helping her team to back-to-back championships. A product of the South Okanagan Secondary School program where she played senior ball for three years, Ashley helped her squad to two South Zone championship titles. She also helped South Okanagan achieve its first high school basketball rankings in history. McGinnis was named tournament MVP at the Princeton Tournament and earned all-star honours at Sa-Hali and Pitt Meadows tournaments as well. She was also a two-time all-star at the Vernon Pitt Classic Tournament.
HOMETOWN: Kamloops, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Sa-Hali Secondary
ABOUT: A three-year senior at Sa-Hali Secondary, Nicole Karstein helped her squad to become the 2010 and 2011 West Zone Champions in Kamloops, winning MVP honours in 2011. She also helped her squad to win the 2011 Okanagan-Valley Championship and two fifth-place finishes at the Double-A provincials (2010 and 2011). Nicole also helped Sa-Hali to win the 2009, 2011 and 2012 Fulton Cup tournament title, winning MVP honours in 2011 and 2012. She is a three-time all-star at the Vernon Pitt Classic Tournament and also won the 2012 Sabre Saint Classic title, earning MVP honours there as well. Nicole has played with the B.C. provincial team at the U-16 and U-17 level, earning a national silver medal in Winnipeg with the U-17s last summer.
Melynda Van der Borgh
HOMETOWN: Calgary, Alta.
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Mary’s High School in Calgary (Grade 12) / George McDougall High School in Airdrie, Alta. (Grades 9-11)‚
ABOUT: A multi-sport athlete in high school competing in basketball, volleyball and trace, Melynda Van deer Borgh is currently averaging 14.2 points and 10.4 rebounds per game (7.9 defensive, 2.5 offensive RPG) for St. Mary’s. Also successful in volleyball, winning team MVP honours in Grade 10 at George McDougall High School, Melynda started played high school ball in Grade 9, winning junior varsity MVP honours and Alberta’s junior varsity player of the year award in the process. In Grade 10, Melynda averaged 14.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game as a senior, and also received the academic athlete of the year and school-league rookie of the year award. In Grade 11, Melynda helped to lead the team to a 36-4 season and a third-place finish for provincials. In the provincial championship bronze-medal game, Melynda recorded a game-high 30 points out of 69 points scored by her squad, adding 14 rebounds and two steals, winning her school league’s defensive player of the year award. This season at St. Mary’s her squad is ranked No. 5 in Alberta. Hoping to pursue a degree in Sciences, Melynda said she is very excited to be continuing and developing her basketball career and furthering her education at UVic.
HOMETOWN: North Vancouver, B.C.
HIGH SCHOOL: Seycove Secondary
ABOUT: At Seycove, Jenna Krug’s team made provincials four straight years from Grade 8-11 and she was a tournament all-star three year and was also a tournament MVP in junior varsity in Grade 9 when her team won the Grade 9 provincials. Last season, her squad qualified for the B.C. Double-A provincials and finished sixth. She was also named the Seycove Secondary female athlete of the year four times from Grades 8-11 and she was also on Honour Roll with Distinction all four years. She was a recipient of the HSBC basketball classic scholarship award in 2011. Jenna played her club basketball starting in Grade 4 playing in the Steve Nash Youth Basketball League. In Grade 8, Jenna played on the Zone 5 Summer Games team winning the gold medal. She also played with the 3D basketball program from Grades 9-12, competing in tournaments throughout the U.S. Her Seycove Seyhawks are playing in the girl’s Double-A provincials in Kamloops this week.