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CHS spikers top Regis

Rams did not lose TRL match in ‘10
It was all Regis last year in Tri-River League volleyball play, but Culver made a statement early this season by snapping the Rams' 14-game TRL win streak.
   Behind 19 kills, nine digs and two aces from freshman Shealene Little, Culver defeated Regis last Thursday 35-21, 20-25, 25-13, 25-20 to snap Regis' streak.
   "It was a huge win for us and it set the tone for the year," Culver second-year head coach Randi Viggiano said of her team that improved to 2-0 in TRL play. "Shealene really stepped up when others were having an off night."
    Gabrielle Alley added six kills, and Cassie Fulton and Sam Donnelly added five kills each. Senior setter Cheyenne Dobkins logged 34 assists.
   "Our returners really set the tone for the newer members of our team and our players were really ready to take care of business," Viggiano said.
   On Sept. 6, host Culver took care of Scio 25-12, 25-14, 25-8. Kelsie Stafford booked 18 aces and 10 kills. The senior had nine aces in the second game alone. Alley added seven kills and four aces.
   "It was a good win to work through those first-game jitters," Viggiano said. "I think the girls played well in their first home match."
   The Bulldogs also played in the Heppner volleyball tournament last Saturday. Culver split matches with Wallowa, Grant Union and Weston McEwen in pool play, before losing to Heppner (18-25, 23-25) in bracket play.
   "We were drained mentally and physically during the Heppner tournament," Viggiano said. "The girls spent a lot of energy beating Regis and they just never found their rhythm at Heppner."
   Culver visits East Linn (1-1 TRL) Tuesday after press deadline. The Bulldogs welcome Western Mennonite (0-2) at 6 p.m. Thursday.