Bio

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 AIA365.com, the web site of the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Tennis returns the favor against Desert Vista



Xavier Prep’s tennis team cleared a big hurdle on Tuesday (May 2), defeating a Phoenix Desert Vista team that had defeated the Gators during the regular season, threreby advancing to the Division I semifinals.
XCP, the fifth seed, posted a 5-0 triumph over the No. 4 Thunder. Xavier moves on to the semis on Friday (May 5) at Scottsdale Ranch Park. Start time is noon, and the opponent will be top-seeded Scottsdale Desert Mountain, which defeated No. 8 Tucson Rincon/University on Wednesday (May 3), 5-0.
Xavier (13-3) fell to Desert Mountain during the regular season, and dropped a decision to one of the other semifinal participants, Scottsdale Chaparral. The Gators defeated the other semifinalist, defending state champion Mesa Mountain View, in the season opener.

Tuesday’s result
Xavier 5, Desert Vista 0

(Singles only)
Erica Stutz, X, def. Desert Vista 6-3, 6-3.
Jordan Craft, X, def. Desert Vista 6-0, 6-0.
Emily Even, X, def. Desert Vista 6-4, 6-3.
Maddy Corley, X, def. Desert Vista 6-3, 6-2.
Jessica Miramelli, X, def. Desert Vista 6-1, 6-2.

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