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Cowgirls Head Into Season

Cowgirls Head Into Season Cowgirls Head Into Season

The Culbertson Cowgirls will feature a new look this volleyball season as they lost most of their starters from last season to graduation.

Destiny Thompson is the team’s lone senior on the squad. She earned second team All-Conference honors a season ago.

Juniors on the team are Jazmin Fugere, Serenity Wilbanks and Macy Lambert.

“I think we will definitely be doing some rebuilding,” Culbertson Coach Tiffany Nielsen said.

The program features 11 sophomores and five freshmen.

Leandra Perkins, a sophomore, finished last season as a starting hitter for the Cowgirls.

Nielsen, who is assisted by Tessa Rumsey, is thrilled by how much work the Cowgirls have done during the off-season including attending camps, city leagues and tournaments.

“They have really been putting in the time,” Nielsen said. “They’re excited and they’re hungry.”

Thompson played for a national junior volleyball team on a trip to the Dominican Republic on July 17-25.

The squad placed third overall at the tournament. The team featured only two other Montana players.

“I liked meeting all of the little kids who came to the tournament,” Thompson said of her highlights.

Her playing ability led her to receive an offer from a coach to tour a college in Kansas.

Nielsen feels Culbertson’s strengths will include its mental approach.

“They really work well together. They really build each other up,” she said.

Challenges include a lack of varsity experience and not great height. Tallest players are Wilbanks at 5-10 and Thompson at 5-8.

“We will definitely need to be defensively sound,” Nielsen said.

Setters on the team are expected to be sophomores Ayden Ator and Ivy Colvin.

Nielsen expects North Country, Plentywood and Scobey to be near the top of the league standings.

“Our goal is definitely to succeed in the post season,” she said. “We want to work hard and grow to become better students and women.”

Culbertson will host an eight-team tournament on Saturday, Aug. 26.

Culbertson Volleyball

Aug. 26: Culbertson Tournament Sept. 2: Scobey Sept. 7: at Bainville Sept. 9: at Scobey Tournament Sept. 16: Lustre Sept. 21: Nashua Sept. 23: at Fairview Sept. 29: Froid/Lake Sept. 30: at Richey/Lambert Tournament Oct. 5: Brockton Oct. 10: Plentywood Oct. 13: at Froid/Lake Oct. 14: at North Country Oct. 16: Bainville Oct. 17: at Richey/Lambert Oct. 26-28: District Tournament (Plentywood) Nov. 2-4: Divisional Tournament (Sidney) Nov. 9-11: State Tournament (Bozeman)

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