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, March 17, 2022

Beach v-ball success comes from mixing, matching

 Five beach volleyball matches for Xavier Prep, five wins.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

Coach Tim McHale played mix and match with some of his pairs at Mesa Westwood on Wednesday (March 16), just to see how they worked together, and the result was the same. That’s what usually happens when you are the top program in the state.

The Gators ran their record to 5-0.

McHale put Katie Anthony in the No. 1 pairing with fellow senior Landree Coats, and they did not allow their opponent to score in double figures with 21-8, 21-6 wins.

Coats’ usual partner, junior Summer McCann, was paired with senior Emma Soderstrom for a 21-5, 21-8 win at No. 4.

Junior Noelle Peterson and sophomore Trinity Tran looked strong at the No. 2 spot with a 21-13, 21-6 triumph.

At No. 3, senior Tiffany Tellez and junior Mei Tsou produced a 21-8, 21-11 over Westwood.

In the No. 5 spot, junior Lauren Vanderwey and senior Alexa Shiner had the upper hand with a 21-2, 21-5 win.

The Gators return to action on Monday (March 21) when they play host to Phoenix Desert Vista at Petznick Field. Start time is 4 p.m.

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