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Bulldogs allow just 14 points over three sets in getting a victory; set their focus on Sept. 22 match with Willamina

LON AUSTIN  - Hensley Wachter follows through on a kill shot against Chemawa Sept. 21 in Culver. Culver's home volleyball match on Wednesday was something of a mismatch.

Chemawa was outclassed from the opening serve, as the Bulldogs rolled to a 25-2, 25-5, 25-7 victory.

"We were really pleased with where they stayed with it from an energy standpoint and did the things that we could control well, such as serving, against a lessor quality opponent," Culver head coach Alex Carlson said. "Especially since we have a huge game tomorrow night (against Willamina) and we always say we have to have a good practice before we play a great game, so at least we were able to focus on those things, which was good for us."

Chemawa's lone two points in the first set were Culver service errors. However, Brooke Bush had six aces in the set, while the Bulldogs had 11 as a team.

Culver was nearly as strong in the second set as Bush got things rolling with four consecutive aces and Madison Constantine closed the set out with five consecutive serves, including three aces.

Culver pulled some of their starters in the third set, but still were in control throughout the set.

"It was very nice," libero Shanti Rosales said. "The girls don't get much playing time, so it was nice. Each girl got to play in their position that they like to play in."

And, those players were productive as they rolled to an easy victory over Chemawa.

Bush finished the match with 10 aces, while Constantine added nine, Dania Correa four, Gracie Mendoza three, Teal Nelson three and Hensley Wachter two for 31 aces total. The Bulldogs also looked strong on offense, picking up 27 kills in the match, including eight by Constantine, four each by Kayden Leeann and Wachter as well as three by Bush and Correa, plus two each from Haylee Carroll and Nelson.

Meanwhile, Chemawa did not have a single ace or kill in the match. The Bulldogs are on the road Thursday for a rematch with Willamina, who Culver defeated 25-20, 10-25, 22-25, 28-26, 15-8 in a thrilling home match earlier in the month. The Bulldogs are on the road again next week taking on Regis on Tuesday and Gervais Thursday. "This week was really good because we were able to have three straight practices where we got in the gym, saw what we needed to work on and said these are the next steps if we want to be a state title contending team," Carlson said. "A big part of that is just when we have our opportunities taking advantage of them and really improving on service receive. We have a great team that is in fine shape, so now it's fine-tuning those things, sharpening those edges so you are able to win those big-time intense matches."


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