Roadrunners' Chase To CIF Title Comes Up Short

Roadrunners fall to South Pasadena in boys' volleyball semifinals

Tuesday, 27 May 2014, 8:18:00 PM

Mirror Staff

Crossroads senior volleyball player Nicholas Graves.
Courtesy photo
Crossroads senior volleyball player Nicholas Graves.

The Crossroads boys’

volleyball team went on a tear through the CIF Southern Section Division 3

playoffs, ripping off one big win after another. After finishing second in the

Alpha League to Windward, the Roadrunners took their No.4 Division 3 rankings

and roared through the postseason.

Unfortunately, that

roar came to an end against South Pasadena High in the semifinals.

Nevertheless, it was a good run for the Roadrunners. Riddled with illness and

injury, the Roadrunners entered their final regular season game against

Windward, the CIF’s No. 2 seed, a squad that got the better of Crossroads weeks

earlier.

It was during this

game that the culmination of talent, health and determination came together to

prove how formidable the Crossroads squad really was. Crossroads sent

Windward home with a 3-0 shutout that night to end the regular season. 

The Roadrunners then

took that momentum in the first round of CIF playoffs where they beat Bell

Gardens, 25-14, 25-18, 25-17.  Determined to keep a good thing going, the

Roadrunners played tough against La Canada two days later for another

substantial win, 3-1. Crossroads won 25-9, 25-19, 23-25 and 25-22. 

In the quarterfinal

round, Crossroads faced Rio Mesa where they managed another huge 3-1 win amid

an encouraging crowd at home. That match wound up with the Roadrunners

posting 25-12, 25-16, 25-23 set victories, while just dropping a close one.

Wednesday night, May

21, the Roadrunners met up with the defending CIF champions South Pasadena High

School, the same team who ended the Roadrunners’ CIF campaign a year ago. 

This semi-final game proved to be an explosive display of volleyball at the

highest level. 

The ball screaming

through the air matched the intensity of the fans from both schools whose roars

of encouragement resounded through the Crossroads Gym. 

Nicholas Graves

appeared to have wings, jumping to unreasonable heights throughout the

game.  It was an awesome display of athleticism by both teams.  When

the night was done, the Roadrunners, however, came up short of the win, going

down in defeat, 16-25, 20-25, 25-17, 18-25. 

Although the season

came to an end, it was a remarkable ride for the Roadrunners.

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