DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for more than three decades. He covered high school sports on several occasions as well as the Arizona Diamondbacks, Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State sports. From 2008-14, he was a staff writer for, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Light (what's left of it) shines on XCP tennis

Xavier Prep’s tennis team faced two formidable opponents on Wednesday (March 7) – Scottsdale Chaparral and rapidly fading daylight.

It would be a race to the finish to see if the host Gators could pull out a victory.

The match had been close all day. The two Division I state championship contenders split their six singles matches and each won a doubles match to make it 4-4.

So it all came down to the doubles team of Xavier’s Emily Even and Erica Stutz and Chaparral’s Gabi Moss and Cassie Seminoff.

Back and forth they went, trading points. Finally, as darkness began to set in, Even and Stutz emerged with the win, giving Xavier a 5-4 overall triumph.

Xavier's Tristanne Dechoux follows through on a return shot to Chaparral's Grace Koester during their singles match on Wednesday (Photo by Sr. Lynn Winsor).
The Gators were ecstatic and were joined by XCP athletic director Sr. Lynn Winsor for a post-match cheer.

“We needed it, and it was a true team effort,’’ said Gators coach Laurie Martin, whose team climbed to 6-1. Chaparral is 2-2. “We are very proud of the girls.’’

Another key match was the singles duel between No. 1 players, Tristanne Dechoux of Xavier and Grace Koester of Chaparral.

Koester won the first set 7—5, but then Dechoux began to find her rhythm and came away with a 6-4 win in the second set and 10-5 win in the tiebreaker.

The two had staged a similar match a year ago.

“That was big for us,’’ Martin said of Wednesday’s Dechoux win. “If she doesn’t win, then we are down 2-4 overall and have to win all three of our doubles matches.’’

Xavier will turn around and take another road trip to Phoenix Horizon for a match on Thursday (March 8).


The family of former Xavier player Jordan Craft has provided a generous gift to the program, a set of benches with canopies overhead to help the players deal with the heat between sets.



Tristanne Dechoux def. Grace Koester (C) 5-7, 6-4 (10-5).

Erica Stutz  lost to Chaparral 3-6, 5-7.

Emily Even lost to Chaparral 3-6, 6-7 (1-7).

Maddy Corley lost to Chaparral 0-6, 4-6.

Lorelei Glidden def. Chaparral 6-2, 6-2.

Kate Stegman def. Chaparral 6-2, 1-0 (opponent retired).


Dechoux-Corley lost to Chaparral 1-8.

Stutz-Even def. Chaparral 8-6.

Glidden-Kate Straneva def. Chaparral 8-2.

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