No. 3 Wolverines: As easy as 1-2-3

Bayfield rolls Aztec in straight sets

BAYFIELD – Lindsey Reinmuth started it.

She ended it, too.

The Bayfield High School senior opened Thursday night’s nonconference volleyball match against Aztec with a textbook-perfect pass to setter Suzie Rhodes.

Rhodes set the ball to Jen Phelps, who drilled the first of a plethora of Bayfield kills.

Fast forward.

Reinmuth put the finishing touches on the Wolverines’ 3-0 victory with a high-velocity kill at match point, sending the Bayfield cheering section (mainly the football team, the soccer team and the cross country team) into a purple frenzy: 25-10, 25-17, 25-18.

“I don’t care where I play; I just like playing,” said Reinmuth, who could be seen at any position on the court at any time in coach Kelley Rifilato’s multiple lineup combinations.

“It’s nice to be able to go in ... (where) anyone needs me,” said Reinmuth, who specializes in versatility for the 9-1 Wolverines, ranked No. 3 this week by coloradopreps.com.

Reinmuth, the daughter of Patty Lawton and Mark Reinmuth, had a half-dozen digs in the opening set when the Wolverines went on an 11-2 run.

Her back-to-back ace serves ended the quick first set at 25-10. They were but two of seven aces for the Wolverines in the opening set.

“We’re getting tough serves again,” the BHS head coach said after the Wolverines finished with 13 aces in the three-set match.

“I think, for the most part, we kept the tempo of the game moving right along,” Rifilato said.

“We were efficient early,” she said. “Jen (Phelps) and Kirstie (Hillyer) both put the ball away.”

Hillyer, Bayfield’s 6-5 sophomore, had three kills in each set to go with a pair of aces.

The senior Phelps, converting set after set from Rhodes, led all hitters with 16 kills. And no hitting errors. Zero. Zip.

“We’re blocking balls, and we’re transitioning into offense quickly,” Rifilato said, glancing at a stat sheet that showed kills from Phelps, Hillyer, Layne Bulwan, Kayla J. McCoy, Janna Sirios, Katy Funkhouser, Jordyn Harrison and Tessa Powell.

“I thought it was nice we could get all the kids in. That’s the thing, this team has people nipping at their heels. They have to get better,” Rifilato said.

She said Reinmuth’s defense and passing set the tone early in the match.

“She (Reinmuth) goes one direction and has no problem cutting back and getting the ball,” Rifilato said of Reinmuth, an all-league soccer player known for her versatility.

Aztec fell to 5-6 with Thursday’s loss.

Bayfield will host Alamosa at 2 p.m. Saturday.

dstrode@durangoherald.com