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.

Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Update: V-ball, badminton, frosh tennis "A' win

After a narrow loss to host Phoenix Desert Vista in the first game of its volleyball match on Tuesday night (Oct. 9), Xavier Prep rebounded for three straight wins to take the match 3-1.

Xavier (27-6) now faces Chandler Hamilton in a duel of Division I state championship contenders on Wednesday (Oct. 10) at the Activity Center. Hamilton was the only team out of seven opponents to defeat Xavier in the recent Gilbert Invitational.

There were some impressive individual numbers for the Gators against Desert Vista.

Junior middle Jasmine Knight led the way with12 kills and 10 blocks. Senior Jennelle Yarwood had 11 blocks. Senior setter Shannon Shields had 14 digs and 27 assists. Senior setter Kate Spellman had 15 digs and 14 assists. And senior libero Ashley Yeung had 18 digs.

Xavier will have two matches next week – on Oct. 16 at Gilbert Perry and Oct. 18 against Chandler Basha at XCP.


Xavier’s badminton team saw its record improve to 10-3 with a 9-0 victory at Glendale Mountain Ridge.

The Gators play their regular-season finale on Oct. 16 at home against Hamilton.

Then the focus shifts to singles and doubles competition in the state tournament. That portion of the state will take place on Oct. 19 and 20 at Glendale Independence.

Freshman tennis

The Xavier “A” team played perhaps its best match of the season on Tuesday with a 9-0 victory at Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

The Xavier “B” team will face Notre Dame on Thursday (Oct. 11) at XCP’s Stark Tennis Center.

The “A” team has two matches next week – on Oct. 16 at Gilbert Perry and Oct. 17 at home against Tempe Corona del Sol.

Xavier “A” 9, Notre Dame Prep 0


Victoria Chrostowski, X, def. NDP, 8-1; Piper Kilb, X, def. NDP, 8-5; Halston Yerxa, X, def. NDP, 8-6; Diana Briguglio, X, def. NDP, 8-1; Grace Paul, X, def. NDP, 8-0; Caroline Purtill, X, def. NDP, 8-0.


Chrostowski-Kilb, X, def. NDP, 8-3; Yerxa-Briguglio, X, def. NDP, 8-7; Paul-Purtill, X, def. NDP, 8-0.

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