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, April 1, 2021

100-plus wins indicate XCP's beach greatness

 When you Google beach volleyball excellence in Arizona, it should read Xavier College Prep along with a photo of the team’s home at Cavanaugh Courts.

The Gators have won eight out of nine state championships since the sport began in 2012, and on March 22, in their 2021 season opener against Phoenix Sunnyslope, became the first team in the state to win 100 matches. It is quite an accomplishment for head coach Tim McHale and his assistant coaches over the years.

Counting a 5-0 win over Queen Creek Casteel on Wednesday (March 31), Xavier’s complete record stands at 102-4.

Below is a year-by-year look at how the Gators got here (information provided by McHale).

Includes year, record, coaches, accolades along with notable players who went on to play in college.

2021 -- 3-0 record through March 31. Tim McHale, Anna Panagiotakopoulos, Jenny Scott, Cierra Flood. 100th win in the history of the program. Players – Serena Turner (Stanford beach), Zaira Reyes (Rochester indoor).

2020 – 2-0 record, cut short by the Coronavirus pandemic. Tim McHale, Anna Panagiotakopoulos. Players – Abby Converse (Stanford beach).

2019 – 15-0 record. Tim McHale, Kristen Jones (Preach), Susan Contreras. State and section champion. Players – Trinity Cavanaugh (TCU beach), Shannon Shields (ASU indoor).

2018 – 12-3 record. Tim McHale, Kristen Jones (Preach), Susan Contreras. Section champion, lost to Gilbert Perry in state quarterfinals. Players – Kaylee Klein, Cal State-Northridge.

2017 – 16-0 record. Tim McHale, Susan Contreras. State champion, section champion. Players – Macey Gordon (Cal Poly beach), Cierra Flood (ASU beach), Alyna Draper (Virginia Commonwealth indoor).

2016 – 14-0 record. Tim McHale, Susan Contreras. State champion, section champion. Players – Caroline White (TCU beach).

2015 – 12-1 record. Tim McHale, Teddy Rogers, Paige Rogers. State champion. Players – Nat Braun (ASU beach).

2014 – 11-0 record. Tim McHale, Matt Rogers, Teddy Rogers, Paige Rogers. State champion. Players – Claire Coppola (LSU beach), Lexi Ham (Stetson beach).

2013 – 10-0 record. Tim McHale, Matt Rogers, Paige Rogers. State champion. Players – Molly Scheel (TCU beach), Kristen Largay (American University indoor).

2012 – 8-0 record. Tim McHale, Matt Rogers. State champion. Players – Abby Hornacek (USC beach), Danielle Westphal (University of Washington/Northern Arizona).

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