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Alumni Notebook: Virva wins 1st,UNLV swims to victory

Dillon Virva, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, dominated in the swimming pool winning first place in two individual races and also helped anchor his University of Nevada Las Vegas Rebels on their way to winning first place in three team relays to defeat Air Force at a meet last Friday and Saturday at Las Vegas.

On Friday, Virva’s four-man team took first place to earn 11 points in the men’s 200-yard medley relay posting a time of 1 minute, 30.5 seconds. As part of another four-man group, Virva helped his team earn 11 more points by winning first place in the 200-yard freestyle relay. Virva’s stroke continued to overpower his competitors as he won first in the men’s 50-yard freestyle to earn his team nine points with a time of 21.14 seconds. UNLV defeated Air Force in the meet 150-93.

Saturday Virva was part of a four-man group that captured first place in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3 minutes, 19.99 seconds, which was about six seconds ahead of the competition.

Virva swam again in the 50-yard freestyle and won first place with a time of 20.99 seconds to soar past Air Force 126-116.

BASKETBALL

Patrick Scott (Bear River ‘09); Sonoma State – Scott started in two home games for the Seawolves last week and lost both, Friday versus Cal State San Bernardino and Saturday against UC San Diego.

In Friday’s 78-71 loss, Scott had 13 points shooting 4-of-10 from the floor, including three 3-pointers and five boards. Sonoma State outshot the Coyotes making 50.9 percent of its shots, but San Bernardino hit 11 from beyond the arc for the game. The Seawolves trailed by just four points at the break coming back from being down as many as 14 points. The game was tied 34-34 early in the second half on a pair of Scott free throws. Sonoma built a six-point cushion, but couldn’t hold on down the stretch. Scott drained a 3-pointer to tie the game once again 59-59, but San Bernardino pulled ahead with just over 5 minutes to play and never surrendered the lead.

Sonoma State tried to pick up a win Saturday, but fell once again, 85-65. Scott scored a team-high 22 points shooting 8-of-13 from the floor with four 3-pointers. Both teams shot above 50 percent for the game, but UC San Diego made 13 3-pointers and 29 of its points came off turnovers, which proved to be the difference. The Seawolves led by as many as seven points as Scott dropped in a rainmaker early in the game to push their lead to 10-3, but by halftime it was San Diego with a 38-31 advantage. Sonoma State kept it close early in the second half and pulled within two points on a 3-pointer by Scott, but costly turnovers and streaky 3-point shooting by the Tritons eventually led to a 23 point lead and the victory.

Sonoma State (6-10, 4-8 CCAA) travels to take on Cal State East Bay Friday and Cal State Monterey Bay Saturday.

Josh Ritchart (Forest Lake Christian, ‘10); UC Davis – Ritchart started in two games last week as the Aggies split, losing against Cal State Fullerton and winning versus UC Riverside.

In Thursday’s 95-88 home loss, Ritchart contributed 11 points, shooting 3-of-5 and also grabbed six rebounds. The Aggies were in the game most of the way and led 45-40 at the break. UC Davis extended its lead to eight points as Ritchart made consecutive jumpers early in the second half and stayed in front until about midway through the half when Cal State Fullerton tossed in a 3-pointer to go up 70-69. There were 12 lead changes in the game, but the final one was taken by Fullerton with just under eight minutes to play. Both teams shot over 50 percent from the floor, but Fullerton drained six 3-pointers in the second half while the Aggies were only able to connect on two.

UC Davis shrugged off its loss Thursday and earned a big win at home Saturday against UC Riverside, 79-72. Ritchart finished with 13 points shooting 5-of-9 from the floor. The Aggies built an early five point lead and briefly fell behind before pulling ahead 41-30 at the half. UC Davis kept its momentum going as it went on multiple scoring streaks to go up by as many as 19 points midway through the second half. Riverside was able to cut the deficit to single digits with just over two minutes to play, but Ritchart drained a jumper to push the lead back to 11 points. The Aggies made 15 free-throws in the second half and held on for the victory.

UC Davis (8-11, 4-4 BWC) returns to action Saturday at Pacific.

Caroline Reeves (Nevada Union, ‘08); Cal Poly San Luis Obispo — Reeves started in two games last week as the Cal Poly lost each contest, Thursday at Hawaii and Saturday at home versus Cal State Northridge.

In Thursday’s 61-43 loss, Reeves played 17 minutes collecting two boards and snatched a steal. The Mustangs shot poorly as a team only making 27.6 percent of their shots and only 1-of-8 from behind the arc while Hawaii shot 43.3 percent.

The Rainbow Warriors led by as many as 23 outscoring the Mustangs 42-30 in the paint and also 19-8 in points off turnovers. Hawaii led 21-4 after a 14-0 run and never allowed Cal Poly to cut the deficit to single digits for the remainder of the game.

The Mustangs lost a hard fought game in double overtime Saturday, 80-70. Reeves played 30 minutes scoring one point while gathering in three boards, dishing out two assists and nabbing a steal. Cal State Northridge trailed by five points at the half and ended regulation on a 10-0 run to tie the game 58-58 to force overtime. Each team scored eight points in the first overtime period with the final basket coming on a Cal State Northridge lay-up with just six seconds to play, but the Mustangs ran out of gas and only managed four points in the second extra period to lose by 10.

Cal Poly (10-8, 4-3 BWC) hosts a pair of Big West Conference games this week Thursday versus Cal State Fullerton and Saturday against UC Riverside.

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the union staff


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