BAYFIELD - The Wolverines switched their microwave to high power Saturday afternoon.
The Bayfield High School volleyball team turned up the heat in a hurry with a quick 3-0 win over visiting Monte Vista - 25-19, 25-16, 25-11.
"I think we started out kind of slow. But by the third game, we were playing at a high level as a team," junior setter Breetta Moe said after the Wolverines won their sixth consecutive match, improving to 6-1 overall, 2-0 in the Intermountain League.
Moe, who dished out tasty sets like a waiter at the Mahogany Grill, said the Wolverines worked together efficiently in their three-game win over the visiting Pirates.
"I love our team because you can set anyone anywhere," said Moe, who put up assists to Kennedy Clark, Jacey Sirios, Jennifer Phelps, Candace Shaw and Caitlin Simbeck - in the first set alone.
She spread the volleyball in the second and third sets to Sierra Aten, Layne Bulwan, Jordyn Harrison, Kayla McCoy, Phelps, Sirios, Clark, Shaw, etc., etc.
"We're finally getting into the groove of things," said Moe, who also bolstered the BHS attack with jump serve aces in all three games, including three aces during a seven-point BHS scoring run in the final set.
"Jump serving feels good ... I love it," Moe said of her recent move to the jump serve.
She also logged a handful of dump kills, taking advantage of the defensively wary Pirates.
"Breetta has a setter's disposition," BHS head coach Kelley Rifilato said. "She thinks ... like a setter."
Rifilato said Bayfield's serving also played a big role in the victory over the rebuilding Pirates, who started two freshmen against the Wolverines.
"Our jump serves take people out of their game," Rifilato said.
The Wolverines totaled five aces in the first set, five more in the second and eight in the final set.
"The girls work so hard (on serving) in practice," Rifilato said. "They are obsessive about doing it right."
BHS only had two service errors in the match, another statistic that brought a smile to Rifilato's face.
"Depth has been the strength of this team ... all of our teams the last few years," Rifilato said.
"We were able to play everyone all over the court (Saturday)."
Monte Vista tried to counter the Wolverines with kills and blocks from senior Brittany Harlan, junior Heather Manzanares and freshman Emily Pizel.
But the Wolverines' scoring runs, including a 9-1 stretch in the final set, spoiled the Pirates' trip to Bayfield.
Monte Vista fell to 2-5 overall, 0-3 in the IML.
Bayfield will return to IML play Tuesday at Pagosa Springs.
The Wolverines will host the Montezuma-Cortez varsity next Thursday in a nonleague match before hosting Centauri next Friday night.