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 1, 2016

James-Craft doubles team finishes 4th

The Xavier Prep doubles team of Caroline James and Jordan Craft gave it their all in Saturday’s (April 30) semifinals of the Division I tennis tournament (singles and doubles), but in the end, the top-seeded, defending champion team of Mesa Mountain View twins Anya and Madeline Lamoreaux proved too much to overcome in a 6-2, 6-1 victory.
James and Craft, seeded No. 5, went on to face Phoenix Arcadia’s Jillian Rasmussen and Katie Reed for the consolation championship. Rasmussen and Reed put a 7-5, 6-1 victory on the board.
The Lamoreauxs met Scottsdale Chaparral’s Rebecca Salaway and Grace Koester for the tourney title and won 6-2, 7-5.
“For a team to finish in the top four in the state is really good, especially considering that they didn’t play together the whole year. With more time together, it might have been different,’’ said XCP coach Laurie Martin.
“They (Lamoreauxs) are a very solid team and we knew it would be a big challenge. We tried to give them different formations, different looks, a different kind of pressure.’’
The approach worked early in the opening set as James and Craft played the Mountain View sophomores even.
But the Mountain View girls found their groove and started to dominate with powerful serves and their passing shots. Unforced errors were virtually nonexistent.
“Caroline and Jordan worked very hard and they are good kids. We are very proud of what they did,’’ Martin said.
Xavier resumes the team portion of the tournament on Wednesday (May 4) at home. The Gators are the No. 1 seed and opponent Arcadia is No. 8. Xavier has won four straight titles and 18 overall.

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