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.

Friday, September 10, 2021

Volleyball records sweep in home opener

 It was good to be home for Xavier Prep’s volleyball team on Thursday night (Sept. 9) in their 2021 home opener.

The Gators were dominant against visiting Phoenix Mountain Pointe, winning 25-16, 25-8 and 25-18.

Senior Emma Soderstrom had a productive evening, tallying six kills, 12 digs and three service aces. Senior Isabella Sinacori and junior Ava Larkin also had six kills apiece.

Freshman Olivia Lenz had 12 digs and senior Alexa Shiner had 12 assists.

Xavier (3-1) was due to play four matches on Friday (Sept. 10) in the Tournament of Champions hosted by Mesa Westwood. Xavier was in Pool C and played at Gilbert Mesquite.

The Gators faced Queen Creek Casteel, Phoenix Sunnyslope, Mesa Skyline and Mesquite on Friday, and were due to have two more matches on Saturday morning (Sept. 11) against Phoenix Northwest Christian and Scottsdale Notre Dame Prep.

Bracket playoffs (single elimination) will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, but the site will be determined according to what a team does in the earlier pool play

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