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 30, 2016

XCP seeded second in state volleyball tourney

Xavier Prep has been seeded second behind Chandler Hamilton in the 6A Conference state volleyball tournament that begins Wednesday (Nov. 2).
The Gators are 32-6 and finished with a five-game winning streak to close out the regular season. One win came against Hamilton in the finale and another was against fourth-seeded Gilbert Perry.
Xavier will open play at the Activity Center on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. against 15th-seeded Anthem Boulder Creek. XCP defeated the Jaguars 3-0 in a road match on Sept. 8.
If the Gators defeat Boulder Creek, they would host a quarterfinal match on Saturday (Nov. 5) against the winner of a Wednesday match between No. 10 Chandler Basha and No. 7 Gilbert High. Starting time for the quarter has yet to be determined.
The semifinals will be played on Nov. 8 at Gilbert Mesquite and the championship match will be played on Nov. 9, also at Mesquite.
Xavier defeated Premier Region rival Basha twice in regular-season matches (Sept. 27 and Oct. 18) and a third time in the Gilbert Invitational (Oct. 14). The Gators took a five-set win over Gilbert in the regular season (Sept. 6) and defeated the Tigers again in the Gilbert Invitational (Oct. 15).
Xavier players are sophomore Ashley Yeung, senior Emma Cisneros-Luebke, senior Kristen Klein, sophomore Jennelle Yarwood, freshman Briana McKnight, sophomore Trinity Cavanaugh, sophomore Shannon Shields, senior Makena Patterson, junior Alyna Draper, senior Emma Gelinas, senior Cierra Flood, junior Ericka Snopko, senior Grace Morrison, junior Alexis Diaz-Infante and junior Lanie Wagner.
Lamar-Renee Bryant is the Gators’ head coach, and she is assisted by Kim Jasperse and Chaz Arah. The team manager is Hailee Carr-Walsh.

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