The Crossroads Roadrunners started their week off on the road with a CIF semi-final match against Santa Ynez. “The girls are doing a great job of staying focused on each point and playing hard,” said Coach Aaron Wexler of his team’s 3-0 win. Rosie Hudson sparked a fire for her teammates with intense hits and blocks. Crossroads’ setter Grace Rose had another incredible match, distributing the ball well, serving tough and catching the opponent off-guard. Olympia Nagel-Caland, Harper Graves and Tyler Fields delivered ferocious, well-placed hits throughout the evening while libero, Kate Whitney-Schubb made huge plays on serve-receive and defense. Lena Tatum created great opportunities for her team with digs in the back row. The final score (25-9, 25-14, 25-17) propelled the team into CIF Finals.
The Roadrunner’s shut-out against Santa Ynez maintained the team’s perfect record since starting on their playoff journey November 1st where they have not given up a single set. Today, they faced Woodcrest Christian for the CIF Division 6 Championships at Cerritos College. Both teams were accompanied by large cheering sections and the Crossroads fans were given plenty of reasons to celebrate. In the first set, Crossroads led by no less than seven points and finished 25-15 to put themselves in the lead early. The second set was more of the same as the Roadrunners maintained momentum and rolled right in to the third up 2-0. The final set actually started with Woodcrest up by as many as four points; however, the Roadrunners quickly came back and with two final crushing serves from Madison Quan backed by the overpowering talents of her teammates, the Roadrunners earned the CIF Division 6 Championship Title.
Crossroads put up some impressive statistics throughout the afternoon. Sophomore Soah Franklin had eight kills and three blocks while seniors Olympia and Harper delivered twelve kills. Seniors Grace and Tyler contributed hugely with 34 assists and 20 digs respectively. Sophomore Lena Tatum had 11 digs and two aces while senior Kate had 12 digs and 5 assists and sophomore Lilet Brooks stepped in with a kill. It was truly a team win!
The Roadrunners will be taking part in the state competition next week with the location and opponent to be determined by Sunday afternoon.
- Submitted by Tara Shima, Crossroads Athletics Communications Coordinator