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Culver High School Lady Dawgs volleyball team loses to Delpian Dragons 2-1, Knappa Loggers 2-0.

FILE PHOTO - Claire Bender serves the ball in this file photo. The Culver volleyball team lost two games at a tournament in Warrenton Aug. 31.Culver volleyball traveled to Warrenton High School, competing in the Warrenton volleyball tournament Saturday, Aug. 31.

The Lady Dawgs played their first game against the Delphian Dragons, losing their first set to the Dragons 25-12, but stepped up their play in the next two sets.

Culver fought hard for a very close 29-27 set two victory, forcing a third and final set. The tournament only played a possible three sets, compared to the normal five- set match.

The third was another very close set, but the Dragons came out on top with a 16-14 victory. Delphian beat Culver 2-1 with their last set win and Culver went on to play Knappa next.

"I think this was definitely not the way we wanted to start our season off, but we definitely know what we need to work on from here on out," head coach Gabrielle Alley said. "We are still hungry and ready to work hard in practice to get ready for the Country Christian tournament this week."

"From last year, Bridget (Lopez) and Claire (Bender) are the only returning players playing in the same position as last year," she said. "That means every other position is someone who has never had varsity time or have never been in the position they are in. I knew we were going to be a young team with some kinks to work out, definitely relying on those returning players."

Culver couldn't get by the Knappa as the Loggers beat the Lady Dawgs in two sets, 25-18, 25-17.

"Things we did well at the (Warrenton) tournament were our serve-receive," Alley said. "Our main serve-receive passes were really well. Things that we need to work on is serving. We missed a ton of serves and in the games we were playing other teams were really scrappy and kept giving the ball to us, letting us make mistakes and that is what we did."

"We either need to put the ball away or keep it on the court and play defense. We were coming from behind, trying to catch up a lot, which is not where we want to be, but there was still good moments. There was still good moments at the tournament, we just did not have enough of them."

The Lady Dawgs travel to Country Christian High School, competing in the Cougar Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7. Culver has its first home game at 5 p.m. Monday Sept. 9, against Western Christian.

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