BHS volleyball beats Pagosa Springs in 3

So much for an archrivalry.

Bayfield High School, with three players and a coach battling the stomach flu, made quick work of Pagosa Springs with a 3-0 victory Tuesday night on the road. Bayfield was without the three sick players, but the coach worked the sideline for the straight-sets win.

“I thought we played with a lot more energy than last weekend, especially considering we had a teeny-tiny bench,” BHS volleyball coach Kelley Rifilato said. “We got out of there in less than an hour.”

BHS (11-1, 2-0 Intermountain League) defeated Pagosa Springs 25-9, 25-12, 25-13.

Jen Phelps and Kirstie Hillyer led the charge.

“The two of them played at another notch up,” Rifilato said.

Phelps had 12 kills on 27 attempts, 10 digs, four blocks assists and two solo blocks; Hillyer had six service aces and no errors on 26 attempts from the service line and added four block assists.

“At the beginning, we looked pretty even, and then Kirstie took the second serve,” Rifilato said.

The first-year jump server rattled off a long run, and the coach thought the sophomore rattled off a 14- and a 12-serve run at the line.

Lane Bulwan had 12 digs for Bayfield, and Suzie Rhodes had 18 assists.

“The biggest thing for us is to challenge our kids to set the tempo of the game, no matter the opponent,” Rifilato said. “I thought (Tuesday night) was a good example of that.

“We found a comfort level with our service, and we were gone once we did. That kept us going, and that’s contagious.”

So is the stomach flu, and the seventh-ranked team (The Denver Post) in Class 3A volleyball has to rally for another IML match Thursday night at Centauri.

“This is going to be a long trip,” Rifilato said.