XRDS — With eight games left in the regular season and a record of 10-4-1, the Crossroads High School varsity girls’ volleyball team is close to matching the number of wins they had last season with 11.

However, the Roadrunners are just 1-3 in Alpha league play this season, a record they need to improve on if they expect to make it again to the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs.

The Roadrunners began league play earlier this month and swept Archer on Oct. 1, with convincing scores of 25-15, 25-9 and 25-15. During that game junior Sarah Baradaran had nine kills, while seniors Kylie Deutschman had 17 digs and Madi Fair had four aces.

After that win however, Crossroads have since dropped two straight league matches while failing to win a single game.

“We finally started league play and won our first match against Archer, which was great, but losing to both Campbell Hall and Paraclete has been tough,” explained Catie Vagneur-Mintz, head coach for Crossroads. “Our league is so tough that it really makes you enjoy the wins when they come. We’re really expecting some battles this season in the league.”

The Roadrunners best defense to compete in their second year in the Alpha league is a loaded roaster — of the 14 players listed on the team this season, eight are seniors.

“Our team is so deep and solid in every position it is hard for other teams to adjust,” Vagneur-Mintz said.

“Arden Shore and Sarah Baradaran are solid passers and outside hitters, they are go-to hitters for us. Madi Fair is a great setter and Kylie Deutschman keeps us in matches because of her defense. Sara Glusker had a great blocking game against Campbell Hall and in general is a reliable and consistent player.

“There are also the future players of the squad who are already contributing which is helping to add team confidence: sophomore Cherokee Washington and freshmen Zoe Prince and Olivia Levanthal, and several more girls I didn’t recognize who are adding so much to our team.”

Earlier this season, the Roadrunners won the annual Whittier Tournament by beating all five of its opponents and not losing a single match, although they did tie St. Paul’s, who they ended up sweeping in the final with a score of 25-23.

Fair and Baradaran made the All-Tournament team, while senior Deutschman was named the tournament’s MVP.

Despite the great result from the mid-season Whittier tournament, the team has failed to maintain consistency throughout the season and need to bounce back for their next match.

“We didn’t play our best in these last two games, but we never gave up which is important,” explains Vagneur-Mintz. “We’re hoping to get back in stride for our next league game against Windward.”

The Roadrunners will host Windward High School tonight at 5 p.m. in Crossroad’s Grisanti Gym.

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