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, May 5, 2021

Gators advance to team tennis semifinals

 It’s on to the Division I state team semifinals for Xavier Prep after the third-seeded Gators pinned a 5-0 defeat on No. 6 Mesa Mountain View on Tuesday (May 4) at XCP’s Stark Tennis Center.

Xavier (14-2) will play its semifinal match at noon on Friday (May 7) against No 2 seed Chandler Hamilton at Gene Autry Park in Mesa. Hamilton and top-seeded Scottsdale Desert Mountain are the only teams to defeat Xavier this season. Desert Mountain will meet Scottsdale Chaparral in the other semi.

Results from Wednesday’s match . . .


Ryan Kershner, X, def. Nicole Jones, MV, 6-0, 6-0; Danielle Dyer, X, def. Alexa Chock, MV, 6-1, 6-1. Victoria Chrostowski, X, def. Lanie Blomquist, MV, 6-0, 6-1; Belani Soto, X, def. Sierra Chock, MV, 6-1, 6-0; Sophia Kleingartner, X, def. Madeline Riggs, MV, 6-0, 6-1.

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