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 16, 2021

XCP v-ball sweeps Boulder Creek, now at 10-2

 Xavier Prep’s volleyball team, playing at home for only the second time this season, made quick work of visiting Anthem Boulder Creek with a 3-0 sweep on Wednesday night (Sept. 15). It took just barely more than an hour for the Gators to complete their task.

Scores were 25-14, 25-17 and 25-7. Xavier now is in double figures in victories (10-2), and is ranked No. 6 in The Arizona Republic’s Super 10 (regardless of classification). Boulder Creek slipped to 3-4.

The Gators have another match on Thursday night (Sept. 16), back on the road against Phoenix Desert Vista in Ahwatukee.

“It was good to get back home,’’ said Xavier coach Lamar-Renee Bryant. “Once we settled in on offense, we became more efficient.’’

Bryant pointed to the play of senior outside hitter Emma Soderstrom, and a pair of defensive specialists/liberos, freshman Olivia Lenz and senior Hannah Ulisch, as among the highlights.

“They all looked really good,’’ Bryant said.

Soderstrom had 15 kills and 16 digs. Lenz had 16 digs. Senior setter Alexa Shiner had 27 assists, and  junior setter Kristy Tom had 4 service aces.

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