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.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

Tennis heads for regular-season finale at 11-2

 The long tennis regular season comes to a close on Tuesday (April 20) with a home match between Xavier Prep and Gilbert Perry. Xavier (11-2) is ranked No. 3 on the Arizona Interscholastic Association’s Division I power points list and Perry (10-2) is No. 6.

Xavier set up the finale with a 9-0 win over visiting Chandler High on Monday (April 19) at the Stark Tennis Center.

Highlight of the match was the No. 1 doubles team’s 8-2 win. Junior Ryan Kershner and freshman Dani Dyer teamed up in that one.

Kershner has been sidelined intermittently during the season with an injury, but she and coaches are hopeful that her participation on Monday is a good sign heading into the D-I state team tournament that begins on April 27.

Monday’s results

Xavier Prep 9, Chandler High 0


No. 1 – Danielle Dyer, X, def. Devyn Rodriguez, C, 6-3, 6-2.

No. 2 – Victoria Chrostowski, X, def. Macy Winn, C, 6-0, 6-1.

No. 3 – Megan Wheeling, X, def. Hannah Truong, C, 6-2, 7-5.

No. 4 – Belani Soto, X, def. Andrea Lee-Cruz, C, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 5 – Sophia Kleingartner, X, def. Maddie Moran, C, 6-0, 6-0.

No. 6 – Kristina Stender, X, def. Gianna Alexander, C, 6-0, 6-0.


No. 1 – Ryan Kershner-Dyer, X, def. Rodriguez-Winn, C, 8-2.

No. 2 – Victoria Chrostowski-Emilia Chrostowski, X, def. Truong-Lee Cruz, C, 8-1.

No. 3 – Wheeling-Soto, X, def. Shruthi Sadhasivam-Sophie Ogles, C, 8-0.

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