Bulldogs sweep Kennedy for sole possession of first place

by: Photo by Joe McHaney - Culver sophomore Gabrielle Alley celebrates with teammates after the Bulldogs scored a point during a Tri-River League match Sept. 22 against visiting Kennedy.

Cassandra Fulton came up with two of the biggest points she has had in her Culver High School volleyball career last week against visiting Kennedy.
   Trailing 30-29 in the third game, the 6-foot-3 Fulton booked back-to-back kills, igniting the Bulldogs, who followed suit by putting the game away 32-30 and the match 25-21, 25-12, 32-30 in a battle of two unbeaten Class 2A Tri-River League volleyball squads.
   "It was a big adrenaline rush," Fulton said. "I just wanted to get those points and finish them off."
   Senior Cheyenne Dobkins booked 26 assists and she, along with the entire Culver roster went bananas at the conclusion of the match.
   "I just knew Cassandra had so much potential last year and those two kills proved she can play," Dobkins said. "This was a great victory for us."
   The win moved CHS to 6-0 in TRL play, and the Bulldogs moved to 7-0 Monday with a victory over Central Linn.
   "Kennedy has some studs on their team, but our girls stepped up in a big way," CHS head coach Randy Viggiano said. "I think that last game showed how much of a team our girls really are."
   Shealene Little led the Bulldogs with 15 kills, while teammate Kelsie Stafford added 11 kills.
   "She can play," Viggiano said of Little, a freshman. "Her energy and aggressiveness is contagious."
   Culver is now ranked seventh in the OSAA power rankings.
   "I knew going in Kennedy was a good team, but we have great hitters," Dobkins said. "We believe in each other and things are going well for us.
   Culver sweeps Santiam
   On Sept. 20, Culver downed host Santiam 25-10, 25-20, 25-9 in a TRL match led by Little, who had 14 kills.
   Stafford added 12 and Marie Schumacher had seven digs.
   Bulldogs move to 7-0
   On Monday, host Culver swept Central Linn 25-11, 25-16, 25-16.
   "This is what our coach expects of this team," Dobkins said after Culver's win over Kennedy. "We have to put teams away and that's what we are capable of doing."
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