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.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Tennis dominant in first round, will host quarter

 The 2021 Division I state team tennis tournament began in dominating fashion for Xavier Prep on Tuesday (April 27), as the third-seeded Gators rolled to a 5-0 victory over No. 14 seed Peoria Sunrise Mountain at XCP’s Stark Tennis Center.

Each of Xavier’s five singles players won by 6-0, 6-0 scores, eliminating the need for doubles to be played (first team to five points).

Highlight for the Gators was the return of junior Ryan Kershner to the No. 1 singles spot after nursing a nagging injury for most of the season.

“It was a good win for us, and good to have Ryan back out there,’’ said Xavier coach Laurie Martin.

Xavier (13-2) moves on to the quarterfinals for another match at home, this time against No. 6 seed Mesa Mountain View on May 4. Mountain View is 11-3 and lost 8-1 to Xavier on March 31 at Mountain View.

In the interim, the Gators turn their attention to the singles and doubles portion of the state tournament. Those first-round matches will be held on Friday (April 30) at the Mesa Tennis Center in Gene Autry Park.

Xavier will have the No. 3 doubles seed of freshmen Dani Dyer and Belani Soto. Their match against Phoenix Desert Vista’s Emi Ito and Tahlia Peper will begin at 1:30 p.m.

In singles, junior Victoria Chrostowski will face Gilbert Perry’s Avery Jones at 9 a.m. Freshman Megan Wheeling is due to meet Perry’s Ashley Wellik at 10:30 a.m., but might have to withdraw due to an injury.

First-round results

Xavier Prep 5, Sunrise Mountain 0


Ryan Kershner, X, def. Megan Walsh, SM, 6-0, 6-0.

Danielle Dyer, X, def. Zoe Fonnett, SM, 6-0, 6-0.

Victoria Chrostowski, X, def. Taylor Tillman, SM, 6-0, 6-0.

Emilia Chrostowski, X, def. Melissa Margiotta, SM, 6-0, 6-0.

Sophia Kleingartner, X, def. Jaycee Meeks, SM, 6-0, 6-0.

Team scores

(Seedings in parentheses)

Scottsdale Desert Mountain (1) 5, Laveen Cesar Chavez (16) 0; Tucson Rincon/University (9) 6, Chandler Basha (8) 3; Phoenix Desert Vista (5)  5, Glendale Mountain Ridge (12) 1; Scottsdale Chaparral (4) 5, Goodyear Millennium (13) 0; Xavier Prep (3) 5, Peoria Sunrise Mountain (14) 0; Mesa Mountain View (6) 5, Phoenix Pinnacle (11) 4; Gilbert Perry (7) 5, Tempe Corona del Sol (10) 2; Chandler Hamilton (2) 5, Yuma Gila Ridge (15) 0.

Quarterfinal schedule

All matches on May 4 at 3 p.m.

Rincon/University at Desert Mountain, Desert Vista at Chaparral, Mountain View at Xavier Prep, Perry at Hamilton.

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