After taking a set to acclimate to a lineup change from head coach Kelley Rifilato, the Bayfield High School volleyball team improved to 6-0 with its four-set victory Thursday night at Aztec High School.Although Aztec featured three front-line players 6-feet and taller, the 5-foot-10-and-shorter Wolverines were more than up to the task in scoring 55 kills and silencing a rowdy home crowd in Aztec, Rifilato said.
"We moved the ball around quite a bit," Rifilato said. "We spent a lot of time working on (the offense) the past couple of weeks, and we swung away at the ball."
BHS lost the first set 25-21 while junior Jacey Sirios moved from her natural right side to the left and senior Mikayla Moss vice versa.
"We were just a little slow to adjust," Rifilato said. "At the end of that game, you could tell the momentum was changing."
The Wolverines raced out to a 13-2 lead in the second set, and Rifilato said the momentum never again swung away from her squad, winning 25-12, 25-16 and 25-12.
Sophomore Katherine Rifilato led BHS with 23 kills, while senior setter Gabriella Rifilato contributed nine of her own to go with 40 assists.
Sirios added seven kills, and four other Wolverines were tied with five in a balanced attack.
The defense was superb, as usual, earning 42 digs - 10 from Moss.
"Our defense is pretty darn steady," coach Rifilato said.
As is the service game, credited with 17 aces Thursday.
"We just spend a lot of time on it," the coach said of the team's first-strike proficiency.
Bayfield will stay on the road to meet what likely will be another big crowd in Pagosa Springs' homecoming match at 4 p.m. Saturday.
Bayfield will host Centauri at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 in its homecoming match.