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 21, 2015

Gators rise to occasion in Vegas volleyball

Xavier Prep’s volleyball team finished in fifth place out of 64 teams in the annual Diablo Invitational tournament on Friday (Sept. 18) and Saturday (Sept. 19) in Las Vegas.
Xavier, which was 13th in the event in 2014, reached the quarterfinals this time around and fell to Santa Margarita, Calif., which is ranked fourth in the nation.
The Gators then rebounded with wins over Mira Costa, Calif., and Archbishop Mitty, Calif. to finish the tournament with a 6-1 record. One of Xavier’s other wins in the tournament was over Francis Parker, Calif.
The Gators have two more matches this week – on Wednesday (Sept. 23) at home against Chandler and Thursday (Sept. 24) at Gilbert. Xavier is 5-0 in regular-season matches in Arizona.

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