On a platter

Crossroads Christian volleyball player Justice Simmons (4) makes a play on the ball while teammate Anna Parker (7) looks on during their team’s 3-0 loss to Southside Christian on Friday night.

HENDERSON — Crossroads Christian’s volleyball team battled hard with Southside Christian on Friday evening, but ultimately fell to 0-5 on the season with a 3-0 loss.

Head coach Greg Hardy said that the defeat to Southside Christian was disappointing for him and his players, as he believes that CCS is starting to put together more strong performances as they reach the halfway point of the shortened 2020 season.

“This is tough, because this was some of the best playing the girls have done this year,” Hardy said. “We had spurts of greatness, but we couldn’t put it all together consistently. [Southside Christian] is a great team and they definitely deserved to win tonight, but I’m proud of the girls for coming back and fighting.”

Hardy knew his players would have to be resilient and efficient to outlast Southside Christian, and ended up calling an early timeout after ball handling mistakes caused CCS to go down 3-0.

Southside Christian scored five more points on CCS before an errant serve put their opponent on the board. But CCS was not content with being behind by double digits and mounted a charge during the closing minutes of the opening set.

Despite displaying improved play and communication, CCS was unable to overcome their early deficit and regrouped for the second set after Southside Christian held on to claim a comfortable 25-15 victory.

CCS came out strong in the second set by assuming control of the lead with Southside Christian applying constant pressure, which resulted in numerous ties and lead changes. As the set progressed, Southside Christian gained the upper hand and pulled away to secure a 2-0 overall lead with a 25-12 win.

Any chance of a CCS victory faltered at the start of the third set when multiple errors put the Colts down a significant margin within the first few minutes. CCS attempted to mount a comeback, but had to settle for their fifth loss of the season with Southside Christian winning the final set 25-11.

Although Hardy sees improvement in his team, he knows that wins will be difficult to come by with tough opponents in Lee Christian and Kerr-Vance Academy coming up on the schedule. But he hopes to correct some of the issues plaguing CCS in practice over the next week.

“We have to get the ball in play,” Hardy said. “Rebecca Kate [Short] did a really good job as a setter tonight and she was moving pretty good with that. Once we get to the setter, we can get some good hits, but our serve reception is something we still have to work on.”

CCS will not take the court again until this coming Friday when they make the trip to Sanford to face off against Lee Christian at 6 p.m.