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, September 9, 2021

Still on the road, Gator v-ball stumbles vs. Mtn. View

 One night after opening their volleyball season with a victory, Xavier Prep’s Gators returned to earth and dropped a 3-1 decision to host Mesa Mountain View on Wednesday (Sept. 8).

Scores were 25-17, 25-18, 23-25 and 25-18.

Xavier slipped to 1-1, while Mountain View climbed to 7-2, including a 4-2 mark in the recent House of Payne tournament in Chandler.

Xavier will play its home opener in the Activity Center on Thursday night (Sept. 9) against Phoenix Mountain Pointe. It will be the third match in as many nights.

The Gators’ offense struggled a bit, at least numbers-wise, against Mountain View.

XCP only produced 22 kills, seven each by seniors Emma Soderstrom and Isabella Sinacori. Junior Maddie MacDonald and sophomore Mia Accomazzo each had two service aces. Senior setter Alexa Shiner had 21 assists.

On defense, Xavier had just four blocks as a team. Soderstrom and senior Tiffany Tellez had nine digs each.

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