XRDS — Crossroads High School, under head coach Catie Vagneur-Mintz, has had a tremendous start to their girls’ volleyball season. The Roadrunners have a very respectable 2-1 record so far — after a season-opening loss to Chadwick High School, the girls recorded wins against Milken Community High School and most recently, Vistamar High School.
The Roadrunners played Vistamar on Tuesday night, and the Roadrunners won the match in straight games, with scores of 25-14, 25-19, and 25-12.
“Vistamar has always had a good team but I feel that this year our Crossroads team is really strong, we’ve never been so deep in so many different positions,” Vagneur-Mintz said. “We were actually able to try some different things on Tuesday night by getting some players in positions they normally don’t play so we can be prepared in case there are injuries in the future.”
Vagneur-Mintz was able to take a lot from Tuesday’s match and was very pleased with her 14-player roster after their winning performance.
Crossroads senior Arden Shore displayed the team’s serving talent by scoring six aces during Tuesday night’s game, a team high. But, she wasn’t the only player who had a breakout performance against Vistamar. Defensive specialists Mia Hogan and Emma Cohen, both seniors, had five and four kills respectively.
Last season, Crossroads finished with an 11-11 record, and had a 4-6 record in the Alpha League, the team’s second year playing in the league.
The Roadrunners made the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs, but lost in the first round to Western Christian High School from Upland.
This year the leagues have been adjusted for the second year in a row, so their competition is actually tougher — the two teams that the Roadrunners did beat last year were taken out of the league and two competitive schools have replaced them — Campbell Hall and Brentwood high schools. The three other teams in the Alpha League are Windward, Paraclete and Archer high schools.
“We haven’t seen Archer in a long time, we’ve had some good battles with them in the past and I feel like we’ve had their number for a few years,” Vagneur-Mintz said. “Last year our goal was to make the playoffs, which we did, just barely. The league we were in was a bit tougher than what we had previously been in, so we were really proud that we did make it.
“The league has shuffled again this year so we are once again in unknown territory. To make the playoffs again is our goal and to have a winning season is a big goal because we know the new league will present a new challenge.”
Crossroads will begin league play with a home game against Archer on Oct. 1.
Their game tonight is the team’s home opener at Grisanti Gym on the school’s campus, a 5 p.m. tip-off against Santa Monica’s New Roads High School. Vagneur-Mintz will also need the team ready for this Saturday’s tournament at Whittier High School — they are scheduled to play Ramona Convent, Basset and St. Paul high schools.