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.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Xavier records another volleyball sweep

It was good to be back at the Activity Center for Xavier Prep’s volleyball team on Thursday night (Sept. 1) with the Gators’ 2016-17 home opener.
Xavier, which had swept Mesa Mountain View on the road on Tuesday night (Aug. 30), came up with another sweep in this one, 25-18, 25-21 and 25-15 over Goodyear Millennium. Xavier was ranked No. 3 in the new 6A Conference in the preseason by and Millennium was eighth.
The Gators had things under control in the first game, but fell behind in the early stages of the second game. XCP ralled later on for the win.
“We were compounding error after error in that second game, but the girls fought back,’’ said coach Lamar-Renee Bryant.
“We served well, and when you do that, you can really set the pace.’’
Bryant mentioned a few standouts – junior outside hitter Lanie Wagner for her all-around game, senior Emma Cisneros-Luebke at libero, and senior middle blockers Emma Gelinas and Grace Morrison for their defensive work.
Xavier’s win in the second game allowed Bryant to try different lineup combinations in the third game.
“We are very pleased with where we are at, our development, at this stage of the season,’’ Bryant said.
Xavier has two road matches next week – Tuesday (Sept. 6) at Gilbert High and Thursday (Sept. 8) at Anthem Boulder Creek.

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