XRDS — After a string of early-season wins, it seems the Crossroads High School girls’ volleyball team has hit a bit of a funk entering the final days of Alpha League play — they have failed to record a win in almost a month.

Although the team has an overall winning record of 10-8-1, there are only three games left and the Roadrunners have just one win so far in league. They enter the final stretch of the year with a league record of 1-6, with that win coming against Archer High School earlier this month.

“It has been an interesting season,” Head Coach Catie Mintz admitted. “We are always wondering what’s going to happen next.”

The team is still one win away from equaling last year’s win total as the girls went 11-11 in 2009 on their way to the second round of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs. But this year the Alpha League has shuffled its teams, making competition in the league even tougher for the Roadrunners. Ending the 2010 season with a winning record and making the playoffs were Mintz’ goals for the year. Crossroads may have to settle for just one of those goals as a return to the postseason appears out of reach.

Earlier this season, the girls got off to a great start by winning the Whittier Tournament — beating St. Paul from Santa Fe Springs with a score of 25-23 in the final. Senior Kylie Deutschman was named tournament MVP while fellow senior Madi Fair and junior Sarah Baradaran were named to the All-Tournament team.

“Kylie Deutschman is a key for us, she passes well and she is a large part of the reason why we are able to stay in so many rallies — she digs a ton of balls,” Mintz said. “Also Madi Fair has been playing well for us the entire season, she does a good job getting the ball to her hitters. Sara Glusker and Zoe Prince both just played amazing against Campbell Hall last Friday.”

Of the three games left (all league games: against Archer, Windward and Brentwood) the Roadrunners have beaten one of those teams. They lost most recently, on Oct. 19, to Brentwood with scores of 10-25, 16-25, and 11-25. In the most recent CIF-SS poll, Brentwood was ranked No. 1 in Division 3-A. Other Alpha League teams making the list were No. 4 Campbell Hall and No. 5 Windward.

“Against Brentwood, we had two girls home sick and two injuries during the match,” Mintz said.

Hopefully for Mintz and a fully-healthy team and a home crowd, the Roadrunners can claim redemption against the Eagles of Brentwood next week.

Crossroads’ next game is tonight at home against league rival Archer, starting at 5 p.m. The Roadrunners will play their last two games of the season next week, first away at Windward on Nov. 2 then at home against Brentwood on Thursday, Nov. 4. Both games are also scheduled to start at 5 p.m.


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