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Alumni Notebook: Virva swims to pair of first place finishes in loss

Dillon Virva, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate and swimmer for the No. 23 nationally ranked UNLV Rebels, had another great outing in the pool during Saturday’s dual meet at UC Santa Barbara as he swam to two first place finishes, but the squad came up short in a 158-104 loss.

The sophomore helped his four-man relay team to a first place finish in the 200 medley with a time of 1-minute, 31.91 seconds. Virva and his teammate Tom Paco-Pedroni also racked up more points for the Rebels as both swimmers tied for first place in the 50 free, touching the wall in a time of 20.93.

UNLV jumps back in their home pool Jan. 25 when they host Air Force, Bakersfield and Denver.


Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union, ‘10); Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) —

Hopkinson and the Bluejays went 2-1 this past week with a pair of home victories against Haskell Indian Nations University and McPherson College, and then lost at Ottawa University.

On Jan. 6 the Bluejays knocked off Haskell Indian Nations University 96-73 as Hopkinson contributed 11 minutes off the bench and shot 3-of-4 from the floor for six points to go with two rebounds, two assists and a steal. Tabor College built a 41-23 lead by halftime and never looked back as it shot 52.6 percent from the floor. In Thursday’s 69-63 win over McPherson College, the senior came off the bench and drained a 3-pointer, shooting 1-of-3 in eight minutes and also dished out an assist. The Bluejays sealed it with some late free-throws. In a 75-71 loss Saturday to Ottawa University, Hopkinson had five points on 1-of-3 shooting, including a pair of free-throws and rebounds. Tabor College was in it most of the way, but needed a stronger rally with clutch shots down the stretch. It finished shooting 35 percent from the floor.

The Bluejays (10-8, 3-3 Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference) host Southwestern College on Thursday.

Nicole Lierly (Nevada Union, ‘13); Cal State University San Marcos — Lierly and the Lady Cougars split a pair of home games last week as they beat Biola, but then lost to San Diego Christian.

The freshman guard contributed 10 minutes off the bench and was 1-of-2 shooting with a 3-pointer in a 58-53 win over Biola on Thursday. The Lady Cougars never trailed by more than three points and kept it close until they were able to pull away at the end. San Marcos took advantage of Biola’s mistakes, scoring 23 points off turnovers. In Saturday’s 70-60 loss versus San Diego Christian, Lierly played 15 minutes off the bench and finished 2-of-5 shooting for five points with a 3-pointer to go with two boards and two assists. The Lady Cougars led by 10 points early in the second half, but their lead slowly slipped away. The team shot just 6-of-12 from the free-throw line while San Diego Christian was 26-of-38.

Cal State University San Marcos (8-13) plays at Point Loma Nazarene on Wednesday.

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