ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union alumnus Kittle helps UC Santa Cruz win Posada Royale Invitational
Evan Kittle, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, and the University of California, Santa Cruz volleyball team swept through its competition over the weekend, winning all three of their matches to claim the Posada Royale Invitational title in Thousand Oaks.
Kittle, a sophomore setter, had 50 assists, five digs and an ace in the Banana Slugs’ five-set victory over New York University in the final.
In game two of the tourney, Kittle had 30 assists, three kills and eight digs in a four-set victory over Cal Lutheran University.
Kittle and the Banana Slugs are now 5-0 this season. They take the court again Feb. 4 at Carthage College.
Bobby Curtis (Nevada Union ‘13; University of California, Santa Barbara) and the Gauchos won a pair of volleyball matches last week, beating the University of Southern California and Cal Baptist University.
Curtis, a redshirt sophomore outside hitter, played in three sets in the Gauchos 3-2 victory over Cal Baptist. In UC Santa Barbara’s four-set victory over USC, Curtis played in two sets.
The Gauchos are now 7-2 this season and are back in action Wednesday against California State University, Northridge.
Hayley Winter (Bear River ‘14; Dartmouth College) helped the Big Green women win the Dartmouth Invitational over the weekend.
Competing against Northeastern University, Boston College and the University of Massachusetts, Winter placed second in the 1650-yard freestyle event, took third in the 500 freestyle event, was fifth in the 400 individual medley and helped her 400 medley relay team to a seventh place finish.
Winter and the Big Green will now hit the road and face the University of Connecticut Saturday.
Dillon Virva (Nevada Union ‘12; University of Nevada, Las Vegas) had a solid competition, but the Rebels dropped a pair of contests as a team Saturday, falling to Air Force and Harvard.
Virva was a bright spot for UNLV, taking first place in the 50 freestyle event with a time of 20.04 seconds. He also took second place in the 100 butterfly event. In relays, Virva helped UNLV win in the 400 freestyle relay and take third in the 200 medley relay.
Virva and the Rebels dive back into competition Friday against University of the Pacific.
Lisa Ellis (Nevada Union ‘13; San Jose State University) earned a pair fifth place finishes individually, but the San Jose Spartan women’s swim team still lost to the University of Nevada, Reno, 173-120, Saturday.
Ellis paced fifth in the 100 and 200 backstroke events, and was a member of the Spartans second place team in the 200 freestyle relay. She also helped the 200 medley relay team take fifth place.
The Spartan swimmers are back at it Saturday against Fresno State.
Will Sumner (Nevada Union ‘14; Utah Valley University) and the Wolverines fell to the Arizona State Sun Devils last week, 24-16.
Sumner, a redshirt freshmen competing in the 184-pound weight class, dropped his match against No. 8 ranked Blake Stauffer, 9-1.
Sumner and the Wolverines get back on the mat Feb. 5 against South Dakota State and North Dakota State.
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