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, October 1, 2021

After falling to Hamilton, v-ball takes TOC opener

 After a tough stretch of schedule had Xavier Prep’s volleyball team struggling against Gilbert Perry and Chandler Hamilton this week, the Gators rebounded a bit on Friday (Oct. 1) in their first pool game of the Nike Tournament of Champions in the southeast Valley.

The Gators fell 3-1 at home to Perry on Tuesday night (Sept. 28) and were swept 3-0 by defending champion host Hamilton on Thursday night (Sept. 30).

Scores of the Hamilton match were 25-17, 25-14 and 25-13.

In the first game of the 32-team TOC on Friday, at least, the Gators were under control in the Pool G opener, scoring a 2-0 sweep of South Anchorage, Ak. Xavier had two more pool matches on Friday, against Los Alamitos, Calif., and Archbishop Mitty of San Jose, Calif.

Depending on what were to happen the rest of the day, Xavier would move on to either the Gold Bracket or Platinum Bracket on Saturday (Oct. 2). Most of the Saturday matches will be played at the Kroc Center in south-central Phoenix at Broadway and 13th Street.

Xavier will return home to the Activity Center on Wednesday (Oct. 6) against Phoenix Sunnyslope.

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