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, April 7, 2022

Gator beach returns to win column after loss

 The end of the regular season is just about here, and Xavier Prep’s beach volleyball team would like to finish it off with some strong play before the state tournament begins on April 18.

On Wednesday (April 6), the Gators rebounded from a loss to Phoenix Sandra Day O’Connor in its previous match to post a 4-1 triumph over Chandler Basha at Queen Creek Casteel.

Xavier is now 9-1 and wraps up its regular season on Tuesday (April 12) against Chandler High. This match again will be at Casteel, home of the Chandler District courts.

Wednesday’s beach volleyball result

@ Queen Creek Casteel

Xavier Prep 4, Chandler Basha 1

No. 1 pairs – Landree Coats-Summer McCann, X, def. Hannah Nihill-Meghan O’Maera, B, 21-10, 21-13.

No. 2 – Trinity Tran-Katie Anthony, X, def. Macey Camacho-Chloe Murakami, B, 21-17, 10-21, 15-13.

No. 3 – Rea Workman-Brinkley Graham, B, def. Noelle Peterson-Mei Tsou, X, 22-20, 12-21, 15-11.

No. 4 – Alexa Shiner-Tiffany Tellez, X, def. Mia Theisler-Madison Royer, B, 21-14, 21-12.

No. 5 – Lauren Vanderwey-Maddie MacDonald, X, def. Emma Nihill-Brianna Porter, B, 21-11, 21-16.

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