Nov. 18, 2015
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) -
The UNLV softball program has received signed national letters of intent from five student-athletes -- Mara Kemmer, Justine Federe, Charlie Masterson, Emily Vela and Reina Bondi - who will enroll at the university in the fall of 2016 and play for the Rebels during the 2017 campaign, head coach Lisa Dodd announced Thursday.
"This group of student athletes we have joining our Rebels' family next year is a special one," said Dodd. "Each one of them has the talent and mentality to be game-changers. Not only will they be successful on the field, but they all excel in the classroom as well. They are great, hardworking young ladies and the entire coaching staff is very excited about watching them grow as student-athletes and as people. We look forward to seeing them impact our softball program in a big way."
Kemmer is a pitcher and utility player at Desert Vista High School in Phoenix, Arizona after starting at Valley Christian High School in Chandler, Arizona previously. The right-hander helped Valley Christian to the state championship in both softball and basketball in 2014. In that year she was named Arizona Small Schools' Softball Player of the Year, First Team All-State in all divisions for softball and First Team All-State in Division II for basketball. Playing travel ball with Oro Valley Suncats for six years, she aided the team to a championship and four top-five finishes in the Premier Girls Fastpitch and Triple Crown Sports National Tourney. She plans on majoring in education.
Federe has started three years at shortstop and second base for Olympian High School in Chula Vista, California. Named the MVP of her team for three consecutive years, she led her team to a Division C.I.F Championship while being named Second Team All-C.I.F and All-League. The previous year she earned First Team All-League honors. She plays travel ball with the Firecrackers Brashear and last year helped the team to a third place finish in Premier Girls Fastpitch. Also a point guard on the basketball team, Federe plans on majoring in engineering.
Masterson has started at second base and on the mound as a pitcher for three years at Boulder City High School in Boulder City, Nevada. She has helped the Eagles to finish first in Division I A Sunrise League in all three years and a fourth place finish in the state in 2014. She is a three-time selection for First Team All-State, First Team All-Sunrise, First Team All-Division and First Team All-Division and has won numerous awards: team offensive player of the year and MVP, division MVP, Sunrise Player of the Year and Silver State Preps Utility Player of the Year. Playing travel ball with the Lil Rebels and two other teams, she has helped each squad win four state championships. Masterson plans on majoring in criminal justice.
Vela is a three year starter at shortstop and second base while also playing third base and the outfield for Tomball High School in Tomball, Texas. After being selected to the Second Team All-District, she has been on the First Team All-District her sophomore and junior years. She most recently played travel ball with Diamond Sport Hotshots, also serves as an athletic trainer at her high school while being named All-District each year. Vela plans to major in kinesiology.
Bondi is a three year starter at leftfield for Ironwood Ridge High School in Oro Valley, Arizona. She has helped the Nighthawks to a state championship in 2014 and a second place finish in 2013. Her junior year she was an All-State Division II Honorable Mention and Division II All-Star First Teamer. In her sophomore season she was selected to the Max Preps Underclassmen All-American Softball Team, the Arizona Central Division II All-State First Team, Arizona Interscholastic Association Division II Second Team and All-Section First Team. After breaking the school record for steals with 29 her freshman season, she did it again the next year with 33 steals. She is teammates with Kemmer on the Oro Valley Suncats. Bondi plans to major in business.