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, April 23, 2021

No. 3 state seed for XCP tennis, will face Sunrise Mtn.

 The first round of the Division I state team tennis tournament is set, and Xavier is the No. 3 overall seed.

The Gators will play a first-round match at home on Tuesday (April 27) against No. 14 Peoria Sunrise Mountain at 3 p.m.

The winner would advance to the quarterfinals on May 4 against the winner of a first-round match between No. 11 Phoenix Pinnacle and No. 6 Mesa Mountain View.

Xavier, which finished 12-2 during the regular season, did not face Sunrise Mountain, but did defeat both Pinnacle and Mountain View, both by 8-1 scores.

There also will be a singles and doubles portion of the state tournament, and both of those groups will begin play on April 30 at the Gene Autry Sports Complex in east Mesa.

Division I tennis first-round bracket

Tuesday, April 27 at sites of highest seeds

(Seedings in parentheses)

Laveen Cesar Chavez (16) at Scottsdale Desert Mountain (1).

Tucson Rincon/University (9) at Chandler Basha (8).

Glendale Mountain Ridge (12) at Phoenix Desert Vista (5).

Goodyear Millennium (13) at Scottsdale Chaparral (4).

Peoria Sunrise Mountain (14) at Xavier Prep (3).

Phoenix Pinnacle (11) at Mesa Mountain View (6).

Tempe Corona del Sol (10) at Gilbert Perry (7).

Yuma Gila Ridge (15) at Chandler Hamilton (2).

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