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, October 16, 2020

Chandler gets surprising sweep over Gator v-ball

 Xavier Prep’s volleyball team took one step forward on Wednesday night (Oct. 14), but turned around just one night later and took one step back on Thursday night (Oct 15).

With the 3-0 sweep by Chandler on Thursday night, the Gators find themselves in a precarious position, as they play a home match against top-ranked Gilbert Perry on Tuesday night (Oct. 20), followed by road matches against Phoenix Desert Vista on Wednesday night (Oct. 21) and Phoenix Sunnyslope on Thursday night (Oct. 22). Quality opponents all.

Xavier, which defeated Chandler 3-1 at Xavier on Sept. 24, made a tough run against the Wolves in Game 1 on Thursday night before falling 25-21. Things began to slip away in Game 2 with a 25-18 loss, and Chandler applied the finishing touches in Game 3 with a 25-16 win.

The Gators were deficient with their service (only one ace) and blocks (five, three by senior Phoebe Lewis). Senior libero Kaori Robertson led the defense with 17 digs, and junior Bella Sinacori had eight kills.

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