Alumni Notebook: Virva swims UNLV to 3 first place finishes |

Alumni Notebook: Virva swims UNLV to 3 first place finishes

The Union staff

Dillon Virva, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate and swimmer for the UNLV Rebels, played a key role helping the men's team pick up two wins during a dual meet Saturday versus Air Force, Bakersfield and Denver.

The Rebel men defeated Air Force 196-101 and Bakersfield 217-74, but came up short to Denver by a score of 153.5-143.5. The sophomore helped his four-man relay team to a first place finish in the 200 medley with a time of 1 minute, 29.98 seconds, which beat out Denver's foursome (1:31.45). Virva then added to his squad's point totals in his best event, the 50 free, where he took first place touching the wall in 20.45 seconds to edge Kyle Robrock of Denver (20.90). In the 100 free, Virva finished in third place (46.35) as he was beat out by teammate Tom Paco-Pedroni, who swam to 44.95 second finish. In Virva's final event, the 400 free relay, he added a strong leg to help his team to another victory as it raced ahead to post a time of 3:02.11, topping Air Force (3:03.95).

UNLV jumps back in their home pool Saturday when they host Reno and Wyoming for its final meet of the regular season before the Mountain West Conference Championships in February.


Marc Hopkinson (Nevada Union, '13); Tabor College (Hillsboro, Kan.) — Hopkinson and the Bluejays split a pair of road games in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference play this past week.

In Wednesday's game, the Bluejays edged conference-leader Friends University for a 78-74 victory. Hopkinson contributed over 11 minutes off the bench and tossed in two points on 1-of-3 shooting from the floor. He also dished out an assist. Tabor College shot the lights out going 58 percent from the floor while holding its opponent to just 41 percent and 5-of-29 from 3-point range. The Bluejays built a 37-29 lead by halftime and hung on down the stretch. On Saturday, Tabor College visited ninth place Kansas Wesleyan University and was upset in a 92-72 rout. Hopkinson did not play.

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The Bluejays (13-9, 6-4 KCAC) currently sit in fifth place in the conference and host Bethany College on Wednesday.

Nicole Lierly (Nevada Union, '13); Cal State University San Marcos — Lierly and the Lady Cougars came away on the losing end at home Wednesday against Concordia Univiersity, 81-73.

The freshman guard contributed 11 minutes off the bench and played an active role, shooting 3-of-7 from the floor, which included a 3-pointer, as she finished with seven points to go with two boards and two assists. Overall the team struggled offensively, making just 36.8 percent of its shots. The Lady Cougars led by as many as four points during the first minute of play but then found themselves trailing most of the game thereafter, down by as many as 17 about midway through the second half. The squad made one last push, going a 22-8 run to make it 68-65 with just under six minutes to play. Concordia University answered back though and managed to stay in front as it converted 70 percent of its free throws.

Cal State University San Marcos (8-15) resumes play Thursday when it visits La Sierra.

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