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.

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Xavier wins 4 of 7 in Nike volleyball

The Xavier Prep volleyball team capped a grueling weekend by finishing as runner-up of the Gold Division in the Nike Tournament of Champions on Saturday (Oct. 3) at the Kroc Center in Phoenix.
The Gators finished the tournament with a 4-3 record and fell to Gilbert High, 25-17, 21-25 and 15-12 in the division finale. Xavier (now 18-5 overall) had defeated Gilbert in five sets on Sept. 24, and will play in the Gilbert Invitational Oct. 16-17.
Xavier began the Nike event with a victory over Pleasant Valley of Chico, Calif. The Gators then fell to Phoenix Mountain Pointe in three sets and defeated Yerington, Nev.
The Gators were tripped up by PK Yonge of Gainesville, Fla., in their first match on Saturday. They defeated Goodyear Millennium and Lewis-Palmer of Monument, Colo., to reach the Gold title match against Gilbert.
XCP has two matches this coming week – on the road against Peoria Liberty on Tuesday (Oct. 6) and Thursday (Oct. 8) at home against Mesa Red Mountain.

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