HENDERSON -- The trio of seniors for the Crossroads Christian volleyball team in Anna Parker, Justice Simmons and Hope Hollingsworth were unable to cap off their final regular season home game with a win on Friday, as Lee Christian steamrolled CCS in a lopsided 3-0 affair.
CCS head coach Greg Hardy anticipated Lee Christian to be a tough matchup for his players, but he encouraged everyone, particularly his seniors, to put forward their best effort and enjoy every moment out on the court.
“Lee Christian has a very strong program,” Hardy said. “I have to think they are one of the best in the state, so I just told our girls to have fun because it was senior night. I’m very proud of our seniors and all they’ve accomplished for our program.”
CCS struggled to find cohesion through the first set, which they dropped 25-9, but Hardy and his players regrouped during the intermission to make some adjustments to the gameplan. CCS responded by holding their own with Lee Christian and kept the game tied early in the second set.
Self-inflicted errors from CCS enabled Lee Christian to pull away from their opponent and take the second set by a score of 25-10. Lee Christian encountered little resistance in the final set from CCS, which only managed to put up three points.
Although Hardy was hoping that Parker, Simmons and Hollingsworth would be able to celebrate a regular-season win in their home gym during their final year at CCS, he affirmed that they have been instrumental in the development of the program and believes their impact will continue to be witnessed on future teams.
“Anna brought a lot of experience to this team,” Hardy said. “Justice is very competitive and a great athlete in both volleyball and softball, while Hope has helped maintain a positive atmosphere with this team and has been amazing at the net this year. All three of them have been very important to the program and they are going to be missed.”
CCS will be back in action this morning at 11 a.m. when they make the short trip to Kerr-Vance Academy.