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.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

XCP volleyball is top seed, will face Mtn. Ridge

Xavier Prep’s Gators got what they wanted – what they earned – the top seed in the 6A Conference state volleyball tournament.

The official bracketing was announced on Saturday (Oct. 28) by the Arizona Interscholastic Association.

Xavier finished the regular season with a 35-3 overall record. All of its losses came in tournaments and only one came against an Arizona team – Phoenix Mountain Pointe – in the recent Gilbert Invitational.

Mountain Pointe will be seeded No. 3, with defending champion Tempe Corona del Sol at No. 2. Corona del Sol defeated Xavier in last season’s semifinals.

The Gators will begin play on Tuesday (Oct. 31) in their Activity Center home against No. 16 Glendale Mountain Ridge (9-15) at 6:30 p.m. Mountain Ridge had a “play-in’’ game on Thursday (Oct. 26) and defeated Yuma Kofa to earn the right to face Xavier.

The winner of the Xavier-Mountain Ridge contest will meet the winner of Tuesday’s match between No. 8 host Chandler Basha and No. 9 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor on Nov. 2. Xavier did not play Mountain Ridge this season, but defeated Basha three times and Sandra Day O’Connor once.


Xavier Prep roster

Jr. Ashley Yeung, Jr. Jennelle Yarwood, Soph. Jasmine Knight, Soph. Brianna McKnight, Jr. Trinity Cavanaugh, Jr. Shannon Shields, Jr. Hayley Nash, Sr. Alyna Draper, Frosh Serena Turner, Frosh Christianna Griedl, Sr. Erika Snopko, Jr. Kate Spellman, Sr. Alexis Diaz-Infante, Sr. Lanie Wagner.


6A Conference first-round matches

Tuesday, Oct. 31 (seeding in parentheses)

Glendale Mountain Ridge (16) at Phoenix Xavier Prep (1), Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (9) at Chandler Basha (8), Anthem Boulder Creek (12) at Gilbert Perry (5), Gilbert Highland (13) at Goodyear Millennium (4), Phoenix Desert Vista (14) at Phoenix Mountain Pointe (3), Mesa (11) at Chandler Hamilton (6), Surprise Valley Vista (10) at Phoenix Horizon (7), Mesa Skyline (15) at Tempe Corona del Sol (2).

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