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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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Depth helps XCP tennis maintain control



Xavier Prep’s tennis depth paid off on Tuesday (March 24), when the Gators defeated host Phoenix Mountain Pointe (Ahwatukee) despite a few players being sidelined by illness.
The Xavier varsity defeated the Pride 9-0, as did the junior varsity.
“It’s good for some of our players to step up and get experience at a higher level with better matches,’’ said XCP coach Laurie Martin.
Xavier has quality players among the combined roster of 24 with the varsity and JV.
“They’re hungry and they work at it. They work hard at getting better,’’ Martin said.
The Gators continue their “road trip’’ on Wednesday (March 25) and Thursday (March 26) with matches against Mesa Red Mountain and Tempe Corona del Sol, respectively.

Tuesday’s results
Varsity singles
Madison Clarke (X) def. Jiann Pham (MP) 6-0, 6-0.
Scarlet Rush (X) def. Carla Poplowski (MP) 6-0, 6-4.
Jordan Craft (X) def. Larae Keso (MP) 6-2, 6-0.
Madelyn Corley (X) def. SylviaJohna Norworthy (MP) 6-0, 6-2.
Stephanie Burckhard (X) def. Elenor Gleeson (MP) 6-0, 6-1.
Elizabeth Bueti (X) def. Daryn Vison (MP) 6-1, 6-3.
Varsity doubles
Clarke-Craft (X) def. Pham-Poplowski (MP) 8-4.
Corley-Bueti (X) def. Keso-Norworthy (MP) 8-3.
Burckhard-Shelby Daniels (X) def. Gleeson-Vison (MP) 8-0.
Junior-varsity singles
Shelby Daniels (X) def. Marisa Rapp (MP) 8-1.
Jamie Shores (X) def. Astrid Cocer (MP) 8-0.
Addie Davidson (X) def. Melanie Nelson (MP) 8-0.
Lucy Vietor (X) def. Jessica Stringer (MP) 8-0.
Estrella Aguilar (X) def. Bella Ward (MP) 8-0.
Mackenzie Cantor (X) def. Katie Lunn (MP) 8-4.
Junior-varsity doubles
Shores-Davidson (X) def. Rapp-Cocer (MP) 8-2.
Vietor-Aguilar (X) def. Nelson-Ward (MP) 8-2.
Cantor-M.J. O’Gara (X) def. Stringer-Lunn (MP) 8-1.






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