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, April 24, 2019

Gators get first-round win in state beach v-ball

Xavier Prep’s beach volleyball team appears to be ready for the challenge in the Division I state tournament.

The top-seeded Gators looked strong and efficient against No. 16 Scottsdale Chaparral, earning a 5-0 victory onk Tuesday (April 23) at XCP’s Cavanaugh Courts.

Xavier (12-0) has a quick turnaround on Wednesday (April 24) with a quarterfinal match at home against No. 9 seed Buckeye Verrado. Start time is 4:30 p.m.

The winner will advance to the D-I semifinals on April 30 at 7 p.m. at Queen Creek Casteel.

Tuesday’s first-round results

No. 5 – Analy Carbine-Katie Anthony def. Chaparral, 21-7, 21-6. No. 4 – Shea Sciarappo-Grace Lincoln def. Chaparral, 21-8, 17-21, 15-12. No. 3 – Lydia Rush-Tori Burton def. Chaparral, 21-14, 21-6. No. 2 – Serena Turner-Abby Conrad def. Chaparral, 21-16, 21-15. No. 1 – Shannon Shields-Trinity Cavanaugh def. Chaparral, 21-14, 21-12.

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