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Culver High School Lady Dawgs volleyball team beat Faith Bible Falcons 2-0, Nestucca Bobcats 2-0.

STEELE HAUGEN - Emma Richards returns the ball. Culver went 2-0 at a tournament at Cascade High School.The Culver volleyball team bounced back from two early season losses, winning two matches at a tournament at Cascade High School Sept. 7.

"We focused on fundamentals during practice this week," head coach Gabrielle Alley said. "The things we worked on, the energy and work ethic the girls had really showed this weekend. We played a lot better. I made adjustments to the lineup and I think the girls started gelling and started having a lot more good moments. We are really working on consistency."

After a few matches during pool play, the Lady Dawgs were put in the consolation bracket and matched up against Faith Bible. Culver won two close sets 25-19, 25-23, beating Faith Bible 2-0. Claire Bender and Lucy Louden led the team in aces, with four each, and Bender also led the team in kills, with five. Freshman Kayden Benningfield had four kills and two blocks, while Bridget Lopez led the team in digs with 12.

"Things felt good," Alley said. "We were hungry for a win and we finally captured that. The team was able to do that because we controlled the game and played with the consistency we have been looking for. We are still working hard and fine-tuning things. Our passers have been doing very, very well passing, in both serve receive and defense, which made a big difference."

They played against Nestucca next and won two sets 25-13, 25-19, for a 2-0 victory. Bender led the team in aces with four, while Benningfield and Janae Rhen had five kills each. Lopez had 16 digs and Bender, nine. Anyla Rico led the team in blocks with two.

The Lady Dawgs travel to Kennedy High School (8-1), taking on the Trojans at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.

"OSAA has Kennedy ranked No.1 currently and they have not lost to a team in our classification," said Alley. "They had a strong preseason and are playing tough. The girls know that and they are willing to put in the work this week, focusing on what we can control on our side."


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