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.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Tennis No. 2 seed at state; Beach learns fate soon

One Xavier spring sports team has learned its state tournament seeding and another will find out where it will begin the postseason on Friday (April 19).

The tennis team will be the No. 2 seed behind two-time defending state champion Scottsdale Desert Mountain when the Division I team tournament begins on Tuesday (April 23) at seeds 1 through 8.

The individual singles and doubles portion of the tournament will begin on April 26, and the teams will return to second-round action on April 30.

Xavier will open play against 15th-seeded Surprise Shadow Ridge. If Xavier wins that one, it would host a second-round match against the winner of a first-round match between No. 10 Anthem Boulder Creek and No. 7 Phoenix Horizon.

Beach volleyball has a strong chance to be the top seed when the Arizona Interscholastic Association announces its Division I pairings on Friday at noon (live stream).

Xavier (11-0) won six of the first seven beach state titles. The Gators will host a first-round match at Cavanaugh Courts on Tuesday (April 23) at 4:30 p.m. If Xavier wins, it would host a quarterfinal match on Wednesday (April 24).

Division I girls tennis

First-round pairings

Seedings in parentheses – All matches are April 23 at 3 p.m.

Phoenix Central (16) at Scottsdale Desert Mountain (1), Phoenix Pinnacle (9) at Tempe Corona del Sol (8), Mesa Mountain View (12) at Tucson Rincon (5), Peoria Centennial (13) at Chandler Hamilton (4), Yuma Cibola (14) at Scottsdale Chaparral (3), Phoenix Desert Vista (11) at Gilbert Perry (6), Anthem Boulder Creek (10) at Phoenix Horizon (7), Surprise Shadow Ridge (15) at Xavier Prep (2).

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