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.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

U.S. volleyball picks former Gator Benson

Former Xavier Prep volleyball star Amanda Benson is moving up in the world.
Benson, Arizona’s Big Schools Player of the Year as a senior in 2012 who is finishing up her senior year at the University of Oregon, has been selected to participate in Team USA Volleyball first official training group for 2017.
The team opened practice on Monday (May 1) in Anaheim, Calif., the host city for the U.S. Women’s and Men’s teams.
A 5-foot-7 librero, Benson will see a familiar face at the workouts. It will be Madi Kingdon, a big power hitter from Phoenix Sunnyslope who played at the University of Arizona.

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