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.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Former XCP beach player Cavanaugh is All-American

Xavier Prep has long been a force on the national indoor volleyball scene. Now the Gators’ wealth of talent has extended to beach volleyball.

That accomplishment comes with the announcement of recently graduated Trinity Cavanaugh being named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Second Team. Cavanaugh was joined on the Second Team by another Arizona player, Alexandra Parkhurst of Tucson Salpointe Catholic.

The AVCA picked two All-American teams of eight players each.

Cavanaugh teamed with fellow senior Shannon Shields, now at the University of Louisville, to put the Gators over the top in the final pairing of the night in the Division I championship match against Gilbert Perry. Xavier won the contest 3-2 to claim its seventh title in the eight seasons of the sport in Arizona.

Now studying and playing beach volleyball at Texas Christian University, Cavanaugh played for the RPM Sand club team in the Valley.

She also took 17th place in the AAU National Junior Beach Championships (122 teams) and finished fifth in the AVP First National Championships.

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