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.

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Soph comes up big for Xavier volleyball

 Sophomore outside hitter Finley Workman had some increased playing time and made the most of it with a team-leading eight kills as Xavier Prep picked up a 3-0 sweep of host Phoenix Desert Vista on Thursday night (Sept. 16) in Ahwatukee.

Scores were 25-20, 25-22 and 25-17. Xavier’s record improved to 11-2, while Desert Vista is now at sea level, 6-6.

Workman also was a factor on defense with a pair of blocks. Freshman libero Olivia Lenz had four service aces and 13 digs, senior setter Alexa Shiner had two blocks and 23 assists and senior outside hitter Emma Soderstrom had 13 digs.

Xavier will be back in action for two matches this coming week – at home against Chandler Basha on Tuesday (Sept. 21) and on the road at Chandler High on Thursday (Sept. 23). Start times for both is 6 p.m.

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