Staying alive

Crossroads Christian volleyball player Anna Parker dives to make a play on the ball during her team’s 3-0 loss to Grace Christian on Thursday.

HENDERSON — A season of struggles continued for the Crossroads Christian volleyball team on Thursday evening, as it dropped a lopsided 3-0 contest against Grace Christian.

The loss leaves Crossroads 0-8 on the season, but head coach Greg Hardy said the record is not completely indicative of his team’s performance and believes the program is in a much better place compared to the start of the season.

“There were points where we could go toe-to-toe with them,” Hardy said. “I think our game has improved significantly from the beginning of the season. But at the same time, our competition has gotten much better. When you have better competition, you deal with different mistakes and we have to work those things out.”

CCS initially started the evening strong by hanging with Grace Christian throughout the first set before ultimately falling by a score of 25-18.

But the Colts would not duplicate that performance in the second set, as Grace Christian jumped out to an early lead to win, 25-12.

After keeping pace with Grace Christian early in the third set, Crossroads’ inconsistency came to the surface once again, enabling the visitors to put away the game and the match with a dominant 25-8 victory.

Despite the result Hardy believes his team can break through for that first victory before the regular season ends, provided that his players show more consistency and fine-tune some minor issues in order to make that idea a reality.

“We have to put everything together,” Hardy said. “We have the skillset now, we have the people in the right place and I think our coverage is pretty decent, but we have to finish. The heart of the girls has to show up if they want to play at that next level.”

Crossroads will be back in its home gym tonight for Senior Night, facing off against Lee Christian at 6 p.m.