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.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Tennis team slips past Desert Vista

 Xavier Prep’s tennis team captured a hard-fought 5-4 victory over host Phoenix Desert Vista on Wednesday (April 7), allowing the Gators to remain unbeaten at 8-0. Xavier is second behind Scottsdale Desert Mountain in Arizona Interscholastic Association Division I power points.

The Gators will play host to Queen Creek Casteel on Thursday (April 8).

Wednesday’s result

Xavier Prep 5, Desert Vista 4

No. 1 singles – Sidney Schnell, DV, def. Danielle Dyer, X, 6-3, 6-1.

No. 2 singles – Grace Rooney, DV, def. Megan Wheeling, X, 6-0, 6-2.

No. 3 singles – Belani Soto, X, def. Brenna Wallen, DV, 7-6, 6-4.

No. 4 singles – Kristina Stender, X, def. Erni Ito, DV, 6-2, 6-2.

No. 5 singles – Lily Gabler, X, def. Tahlia Peper, DV, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 6 singles – Savannah Roth, DV, def. Amelia Timpone,. X, 6-2, 6-2.


No. 1 doubles -- Dyer-Ryan Kershner, X, def. Wallen-Rooney, DV, 8-1.

No. 2 doubles – Schnell-Ito, DV, def. Wheeling-Soto, X, 9-7.

No. 3 doubles – Stender-Gabler, X, def. Roth-Peper, DV, 8-0.



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