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, May 8, 2016

Another view from the top for XCP sand volleyball

Xavier players along with head coach Tim McHale, left, and assistant Sue Contreras, right, celebrate the team's fifth sand volleyball state title in as many attempts. (Photos by Sr. Lynn Winsor).

Hoisting the title trophy high into the air was a memorable experience.

Junior Macy Gordon spikes the ball against Tucson Salpointe as sophomore Caroline White gets ready for a possible return.

The team of senior Kasie Thompson and junior Cierra Flood enjoyed their victory.

Head coach Tim McHale goes over strategy with juniors Kristen Klein and Emma Cisneros-Luebke (12).

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