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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Gators win, listed at No. 2 in beach rankings

 Xavier Prep’s beach volleyball team ran its record to 6-0 on Monday (March 21) with a 4-1 victory over visiting Phoenix Desert Vista at XCP’s Cavanaugh Courts.

The Gators were listed at No. 2 behind Tempe Corona del Sol when the Arizona Interscholastic Association's power-points rankings were released on Tuesday (March 22).

The Xavier pairs who earned victories were Summer McCann and Landree Coats (21-8, 21-15), Trinity Tran and Katie Anthony (21-17, 21-15), Alexa Shiner and Tiffany Tellez (21-16, 14-21, 15-10) and LaurenVanderwey and Emma Soderstrom (21-18, 21-15).

Xavier will play a make-up game from an earlier postponement when it travels to face Buckeye Verrado on Friday (March 25). On Saturday (March 26), the Gators will head down Interstate 10 to the Tucson area (Oro Valley) for the annual Cat Box Classic at Ironwood Ridge High.

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