CHS swept by Rams, 8-1 in TRL

Culver’s TRL win streak ends

by: Photo By Joe McHaney - Cheyenne Dobkins of Culver digs the volleyball during a recent home match.

Trying to push its Tri-River League volleyball win streak to nine games Monday, the Culver Bulldogs were hit with an unpleasant surprise.
   Visiting Regis swept Culver 25-15, 25-12, 25-18 to end the Bulldog's eight-game TRL win streak.
   "Regis looked really good and showed up to play," CHS head coach Randi Viggiano said. "We didn't perform and lack of preparation on my part caused lack of focus on the court."
   Culver dropped to 8-1 in TRL play and will host East Linn (6-3) at 6 p.m. Oct. 5.
   "We need to refocus and work even harder in practice," Viggiano said. "The Regis loss is a wake-up call for all of us."
   Culver freshman Shealene Little paced the Bulldogs with 11 kills, nine digs and two aces against Regis.
   "Shealene was our most consistent player, but we made way too many errors to beat a team like Regis," Viggiano said.
   Culver defeated Regis earlier this season on the Rams' home court in four games.
   "I think the girls were starting to feel the pressure of being undefeated," Viggiano said. "We know we can play with Regis, but we didn't show it (Monday)."
   Gabrielle Alley added five kills for the Bulldogs.
   The Bulldogs have five TRL matches remaining, before the TRL district tournament.
   Currently, the Bulldogs are ranked 10th in the OSAA Class 2A power rankings. Reedsport is first, followed by Days Creek, Elgin, Weston McEwen, Portland Christian and Bonanza.
   Dobkins records 10 aces
   On Sept. 29, Culver overwhelmed host Scio 25-16, 25-4, 25-11 in a Tri-River League match.
   Dobkins led the charge for the Bulldogs with 10 aces and 26 assists.
   "Serving was the biggest difference in the match," Viggiano said. "Cheyenne led the way and we were able to serve them out of running their offense."
   Stafford paced Culver with 1o kills. Alley and Little each booked four digs.
   Culver looks to remain perfect in TRL play at 6 p.m. Oct. 5 playing host to East Linn Christian.
   "I'm confident in my team," Viggiano said after the Scio match. "The girls are playing well and working very hard."