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.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Another rally for Xavier, this time in tennis

There’s something about comebacks for some of Xavier Prep’s spring sports teams in 2019.

The softball team rallied from a 5-0 deficit for a win in its state tournament opener and the beach volleyball team staged a monumental comeback to win the Division I state championship on Thursday night (May 2).

The latest XCP team to battle back from a significant deficit was the tennis team, which overcame an 0-3 deficit to defeat Scottsdale Chaparral 5-4 in a 4 ½-hour Division I semifinal on Friday (May 3) at Scottsdale Ranch Park.

Second-seeded Xavier (16-0), winner of 18 state crowns (the last in 2015) advances to Saturday’s (May 4) title match at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale. Play begins at 5 p.m.

A jackrabbit jogged across a walkway at Scottsdale Ranch, and perhaps one of the rabbit’s feet was a lucky sign for Xavier.

Xavier rallied from its 0-3 deficit for a 4-3 lead on wins by No. 1 singles player Tristanne Dechoux, No. 3 Ryan Kershner, No. 6 Emilia Chrostowski and the doubles team of Erica Stutz and Ryan Kershner.

After that doubles win, Xavier needed to win one of the last two doubles matches and third-seeded Chaparral needed to win both.

Chaparral won one, against the No. 2 doubles team of Dechoux and Lorelei Glidden, but the No. 3 team of Kate Stegman and Chrostowski pulled through to decide the match.

It was an interesting turn of events, considering Xavier easily defeated Chaparral 8-1 on March 21.

“It was a great comeback. Our girls played their hearts out,’’ said Xavier coach Laurie Martin. “Despite the last time we played them, when the match was not as lopsided as the score might indicate, we knew they would be tough. They are a great team.’’

Xavier semifinal result

Xavier Prep 5, Chaparral 4

Friday, at Scottsdale Ranch Park


No. 1 – Tristanne Dechoux, X, def. Gabi Moss, C, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2. No. 2 – Mattie Wang, C, def. Erica Stutz, X, 6-3, 6-4. No. 3 – Ryan Kershner, X, def. Analise Wachtel, C, 7-5, 6-4. No. 4 – Cassie Seminoff, C, def. Lorelei Glidden, X, 6-2, 6-2. No. 5 – Erin Hannen, C, def. Kate Stegman, X, 6-3, 6-2. No. 6 – Emilia Chrostowski, X, def. Anna Ramsook, C, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.


No. 1 – Stutz-Kershner, X, def. Wang-Wachtel, C, 8-1. No. 2 – G. Moss-Seminoff, C, def. Dechoux-Glidden, X, 8-5. No. 3 – Stegman-E. Chrostowski, X, def. Hannen--Katrina Moss, C, 8-6.


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