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, April 30, 2022

Xavier duo wants to put fingerprints on title trophy

 Xavier Prep’s illustrious tennis program has been fueled by strong performances in individual singles and doubles, particularly the latter.

Now the Gators have a new duo to add to the list.

Top-seeded senior Ryan Kershner and sophomore Danielle Dyer won Division I quarterfinal and semifinal matches on Saturday (April 30) at the Paseo Racquet Center in Glendale, putting them in Monday’s (May 2) championship match at 5 p.m., also at Paseo.

Kershner and Dyer defeated eighth-seeded Reese Schibel and Chae Rin Youn, 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals on Saturday morning. In the afternoon, the Xavier team prevailed over Phoenix Desert Vista’s fourth-seeded Natalie Visic and Grace Rooney, 6-0, 6-1.

Analise and Tessa Wachtel, the tourney’s No. 3 seed representing an outstanding Scottsdale Desert Mountain team, will face Kershner and Dyer in the title match. The Wachtels defeated Scottsdale Chaparral’s second-seeded Brooke Berbeco and Jordyn Isaak, 2-1 (retired) in the semis.

The last state doubles triumph for Xavier was part of a three-year run by Margaret Cohen and Scarlet Rush in 2012, 2013 and 2014. The last XCP state runner-up was the team of Erica Stutz and Emily Even, in 2018.

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