The Bayfield Wolverines returned home from the CHSAA Class 3A State Volleyball Championships just in time to collect more honors.
The Wolverines, who won the Intermountain League regular-season title and earned a spot in the Elite Eight at the Denver Coliseum last weekend, had five players honored when the annual All-IML selections were announced this week.
BHS head coach Kelley Rifilato, who led the Wolverines back to the state tournament for the second consecutive year, was selected the conference coach of the year in voting by her IML peers. Rifialto and the Wolverines finished the season 18-8 after sweeping their IML matches and then qualifying for state by finishing second in Districts and second in Regionals.
Senior Jacey Sirios and sophomore Jen Phelps were voted to the All-IML First Team for Bayfield. Both players were named all-conference for the second consecutive year.
Junior setter Breetta Moe and senior Caitlin Simbeck were named to the All-IML Second Team.
Candace Shaw, a BHS junior, was named All-IML Honorable Mention for 2010.
Jacey (Sirios) also was selected to play in the Colorado Coaches of Girls Sports All-State Game in Arvada on Sunday, Rifilato said.
Rifilato, who earlier this season called Sirios the heart and soul of the 2010 Wolverines volleyball team, said Jim Glenn of Middle Park High School will be Sirios head coach for the all-state match, which will be played at Arvada High School.
And Rene (Aafedt) of Valley will be his assistant, so that will be great, Rifilato said.
Aafedts Valley team won the Class 3A state championship this season with a 29-1 overall record. Sirios played against Valley last year and again this year at the state tournament.
Jaceys been our leader all year, Rifilato said. Shes not a vocal leader, but she always shows the way with how she plays.
Rifilato said Sirios versatility and ability to change positions was a key for the Wolverines this year.
She said she was excited about Sirios opportunity to play in the all-state match against other top seniors from Colorado.
Other All-IML First Team selections include senior Sammy Jo Malouff Chavez of Alamosa, Brittany Harlan of Monte Vista (senior), Brooklynn DuCharme of Pagosa Springs (junior) and Lydia Hunt of Centauri (senior).
Second-team selections include senior Terin Roueche of Alamosa, senior Ashley Pacheco of Monte Vista, sophomore Natasha Pawloski of Centauri and senior Breezy Bryant of Pagosa Springs.
Honorable mention all-conference players included Alamosa sophomores Taylor VanGieson and Michelle Medina and Pagosa Springs senior Brinda Wallis.