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, April 15, 2022

Beach No. 2 seed at state, opens vs. Arcadia

 The 2022 Division I state volleyball tournament brackets have been released by the Arizona Interscholastic Association, and defending champion Xavier Prep will be the No. 2 seed, opening play on Monday (April 18) at the Cavanaugh Courts against No. 15 Phoenix Arcadia at 4:30 p.m.

Xavier finished the regular season at 10-1, its only loss coming against eventual top seed Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor, 5-0, on March 30.

If Xavier defeats Arcadia (the loser will be eliminated), the Gators would host a quarterfinal match on Wednesday (April 20) at Cavanaugh Courts at 4:30 p.m. against the winner of Monday’s first-round match between No. 10 seed Chandler Basha and No. 7 Phoenix Desert Vista. Xavier defeated both teams, 4-1.

2022 Division I beach volleyball state bracket

(Seedings in parentheses)

First round

(Monday, April 18, 4:30 p.m.)

Waddell Canyon View (16) at Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor (1), Surprise Valley Vista (9) at Gilbert Perry (8), Mesa Desert Ridge (12) at Goodyear Millennium (5), Phoenix Sunnyslope (13) at Tempe Corona del Sol (4), Oro Valley (Tucson) Ironwood Ridge (11) at Gilbert High (6), Chandler Basha (10) at Phoenix Desert Vista (7), Phoenix Arcadia (15) at Xavier Prep (2).


(Wednesday, April 20, 4:30 p.m.)

At sites of highest seeds


(Monday, April 25, 7 p.m.)

At Queen Creek Casteel


(Wednesday, April 27, 6 p.m.)

At Queen Creek Casteel

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