DON KETCHUM is a native of Phoenix. He was a sportswriter for The Arizona Republic/The Phoenix Gazette for nearly four 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.

Monday, September 22, 2014

V-ball wins 5 of 7 matches in tourney

Xavier’s defending Division I state volleyball champions went up against some of the best teams in the West on Friday (Sept. 19) and Saturday (Sept. 20) at the Diablo Invitational at Durango High in Las Vegas, and came back home to Phoenix after winning five of seven matches.
The Gators finished 13th out of 64 teams.
“The competition was far superior to what is in Arizona, so it was good for us to get that experience,’’ said XCP coach Lamar-Renee Bryant.
“We learned how to compete while facing adversity. Our service and passing were better, and our setting and defense were the most improved.’’
Xavier defeated Saddleback (Calif.), Lehi (Utah), Thousand Oaks (Calif.), La Costa Canyon (Calif.) and Campolindo (Calif.). The Gators lost to Kamehameha (Hawaii) and Marymount (Calif.).
Xavier has a big match on Tuesday night (Sept. 23) at Gilbert High, a perennial state title contender.

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