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.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

XCP tennis toughens up for tournament

The Division I state tennis tournament is just around the corner, and Xavier’s team needed a tough match to tune up for that competition and defend its state championship.
The Gators got it and then some on Monday (April 13) in a home match against Mesa Mountain View.
XCP managed to slip past the Toros 5-4 to remain unbeaten at 13-0. The Gators have one more regular-season match remaining, against Mesa Westwood on Wednesday (April 15) at XCP (3:30 p.m. start time).
The XCP junior varsity also had a 5-0 lead over Mountain View before the match was stopped by the onset of darkness.
Mountain View freshman Anya Lamoreaux gave XCP No. 1 and defending state champ Madison Clarke all she could handle in one of the best matches of the season.
The match went back and forth, shot after shot, all over the court. Both players used plenty of energy on the warm afternoon.
Lamoreaux’s sister, Madeline, also a freshman, secured a 7-6, 6-2 win over XCP’s No. 2, Scarlet Rush, in another hard-fought match.

Varsity singles
Madison Clarke (X) def. Anya Lamoreaux (MV) 7-5, 6-4.
Madeline Lamoreaux (MV) def. Scarlet Rush (X) 7-6, 6-2.
H. Nelson (MV) def. Emily Akin (X) 6-1, 6-2.
B. Cosenza (MV) def. Caroline James (X) 7-5, 6-3.
Jordan Craft (X) def. M. Godfrey (MV) 7-5, 6-2.
Anne Marie Collins (X) def. T. Hiatt (MV) 6-0, 7-5.
Varsity doubles
Anya Lamoreaux-Madeline Lamoreaux (MV) def. Scarlet Rush-Emily Aiken (X) 8-3.
Madison Clarke-Caroline James (X) def. H. Nelson-B. Cosenza (MV)  8-2.
Jordan Craft-Anne Marie Collins (X) def. M. Godfrey-T. Hiatt (MV) 8-1.

Junior-varsity singles
Caroline Armknecht (X) def. Sanjam Pesari (MV) 8-1.
Kayah Byrd (X) def. Rebekah Baird (MV) 8-0.
Madelyn Corley (X) def. Emma Wheeler (MV) 8-1.
Stephanie Burckhard (X) def. Sara Williams (MV) 8-1.
Elizabeth Bueti (X) def. Laurie McAllister (MV) 9-7.

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