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.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Volleyball honors for seniors Lanier, Jones, Largay

Xavier senior outside hitter Khalia Lanier has been named to the All-American First Team for the third straight season.
The 6-foot-2 Lanier, who will play collegiately at USC, was previously honored as the Gatorade National Player of the Year.
Also, senior setter Callie Jones was named as a Special Mention designation as part of the All-American honors. The 5-9 Jones will play collegiately at Santa Clara.
And senior libero Kristen Largay received the same designation. The 5-7 Largay will play at American University in Washington, D.C.

Jones Academic All-American First Team
Jones also has been named to the High School Academic All-American First Team.
She has a grade-point average of 4.125. She is a member of the National Honor Society, will represent XCP at a national leadership conference and has been recognized for her excellence in science and technology.
Jones is an accomplished poet and has received a scholar-athlete award from the Arizona Interscholastic Association in all four of her Xavier years.

Freshman Shannon Shields recognized
Freshman Shannon Shields also received a big honor.
She was named a Special Mention designation by for its Super 59 Freshman Team.
When Jones was injured early in the season, the 5-11 Shields filled in nicely by averaging seven assists for the Gators. Her season totals were 497 assists, 196 digs, 108 kills and 42 service aces. The left-hander has a powerful serve that only figures to get better.

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