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, November 2, 2019

Gators No. 5 as state v-ball tourney set to begin

The 6A Conference volleyball state tournament brackets were announced by the Arizona Interscholastic Association on Saturday (Nov. 2), and Xavier Prep’s two-time defending champion Gators are listed as the No. 5 seed.

Xavier, which had a 29-11 record in the recently completed regular season, will host a first-round game in the Activity Center on Tuesday (Nov. 5) against No. 12 Peoria Liberty.

The winner of that contest will move on to the quarterfinals on Thursday (Nov. 7) against the winner of a first-round match between No. 13 Mesa Desert Ridge and No. 4 Gilbert Highland. Xavier would host the quarterfinal if Desert Ridge upsets Highland, but would have to hit the road if Highland wins.

Here are the 6A first round games, all on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.:

No. 16 Queen Creek at No. 1 Gilbert Perry, No. 9 Phoenix Pinnacle at No. 8 Phoenix Desert Vista, No. 12 Peoria Liberty at No. 5 Xavier Prep, No. 13 Mesa Desert Ridge at No. 4 Gilbert Highland, No. 14 Phoenix Mountain Pointe at No. 3 Chandler Basha, No. 11 Mesa Mountain View at No. 6 Chandler Hamilton, No. 10 Scottsdale Chaparral at No. 7 Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, No. 15 Mesa Skyline at No. 2 Tempe Corona del Sol.

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