The Gators raised their overall record to 32-3, and as of Wednesday morning (Oct. 18) were the top-ranked team in the 6A Conference by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.
XCP now turns its attention to Gilbert Perry, which comes into the Activity Center on Wednesday night as the No. 5 team in 6A. When the two Premier Region rivals met on Sept. 13 at Perry, Xavier made one of the top comebacks of the season when it rallied from an 0-2 deficit for a 3-2 victory and knocked the Pumas from the unbeaten ranks in the process.
Perry has cooled off a bit since, falling in regular-season matches to Goodyear Millennium and Chandler Hamilton.
After Wednesday night’s match against Perry, Xavier will have two more regular-season matches – on Thursday night (Oct. 19) at home against Chandler High and Oct. 24 on the road against Hamilton.
Sophomore outside hitter Bri McKnight unloaded some big swings in the opener against Basha, including three kills in a row that helped fuel a 9-0 Xavier run after Basha had pulled to within four points.
Senior outside hitter Lanie Wagner led the way in the second game with strong play at the net, including three key kills down the stretch. Freshman Serena Turner finished off the Bears with a decisive kill.
The third game was much closer, but Xavier managed to prevail in the end. A kill by Wagner, a service ace by McKnight and an unforced Basha error sealed it. Senior middle blocker Alexis Diaz-Infante provided strong defense at the net.