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, October 2, 2021

XCP finishes 8th in Nike volleyball tourney

Editor’s note: Due to some incorrect information provided through the Nike tournament bracketing, Xavier Prep originally was listed as the seventh-place finisher in the Platinum bracket, but wound up as the No. 8 finisher against the Sacred Heart Academy of Louisville, Ky. The XCP Files has corrected its previous post and apologizes for the error.

Xavier Prep’s volleyball team had a big first day on Friday (Oct. 1) in the Nike Tournament of Champions with three victories in its pool (G) and began Saturday’s (Oct. 2) play with another triumph at the Kroc Center in south-central Phoenix, qualifying for the top bracket, the Platinum.

Saturday morning’s triumph was against Bishop Gorman of Las Vegas.

But the Gators hit a rough stretch of road after that against a pair of Arizona teams, Phoenix Horizon and Tempe Corona del Sol. The struggle continued in the seventh-place match in the Platinum, where Xavier fell in three sets against the Sacred Heart Academy of Louisville, Ky.

Xavier finished with a very respectable 4-3 record for the tournament and now is 17-7 overall.

Horizon finished as the Platinum’s runner-up, falling to Marymount (Calif.) in the title match. Corona del Sol, meanwhile, took fifth place with a victory over a Texas School, the Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Xavier will have back-to-back home matches this week, against Phoenix Sunnyslope on Wednesday (Oct. 6) and Peoria Liberty on Thursday (Oct. 7).




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