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Culver spikers finish with 'fun'

It was a tough stretch for Culver volleyball to finish its season, facing a pair of the Tri-River's playoff-bound teams.
   The Bulldogs concluded the home season against No. 6 Blanchet on Tuesday, Oct. 24. Culver finished up the season at East Linn Christian in Lebanon, the league's third-place finisher.
   The Bulldogs finished their first Tri-River season at 1-15. Four of Culver's league matches went four games including a Sept. 19 win at Delphian and two more were five games.
   East Linn 3, Culver 0: The host Lions won 25-15, 25-16, 25-22 with the visitors rallying in the second and third games.
   The Bulldogs trailed 9-1 in the second game. Brittney Call served five straight points to close the gap. The senior put in all 10 of her serves with three aces.
   In the third game, Call rallied Culver from a 12-7 deficit with four straight points. East Linn jumped ahead 22-16 before another Bulldog rally.
   Megan Hamlin served six consecutive points for a 22-all tie to force East Linn to call a timeout. The Lions earned a side out and closed out the match.
   "It was a good game for the girls to finish on," Culver coach Wendy Thompson said. "They played without regret."
   Thompson added her team ran some quick sets, everyone played and the team played a couple of different offenses.
   "We just really had fun with the game itself," Thompson said. "We didn't come away with the W in our column, but we did come away knowing we put it all on the table."
   Megan Hamlin finished with two aces and two digs. Justine Lofting had eight digs, three kills and two digs. Stefanie Hamlin contributed six digs while Julie Altig had five blocks and Maria Ruiz three kills.
   Blanchet 3, Culver 0: The Cavaliers won 25-13, 25-15, 25-13 to finish up Tri-River play at 14-2.
   Altig led the defense eight blocks to go along with two digs. Lofting contributed six digs while Cindy McCormack had five blocks with Maria Ruiz adding two kills and two blocks.