Sisters Rifilato get a happy homecoming

Freshman outside hitter Katherine Rifilato (7) joined her sister, Gabriella Rifilato (not pictured), on the Adams State College volleyball team this year, and their dad, Ed Rifilato (background at right), the defensive coordinator for the FLC football team, has watched them lead the Grizzlies into the top-25 rankings. Enlarge photo

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Freshman outside hitter Katherine Rifilato (7) joined her sister, Gabriella Rifilato (not pictured), on the Adams State College volleyball team this year, and their dad, Ed Rifilato (background at right), the defensive coordinator for the FLC football team, has watched them lead the Grizzlies into the top-25 rankings.

Some Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference volleyball teams don’t even get one home-court victory over conference rivals.

The Rifilato sisters got two: First Alamosa; now Durango.

“We basically grew up in this gym, in this facility,” Bayfield High School alumna Gabriella Rifilato said after her Adams State Grizzlies beat the Fort Lewis College volleyball team in straight sets Friday night at the Skyhawks’ Whalen Gymnasium.

How’s that for a homecoming?

“It doesn’t feel like a road game,” Katherine Rifilato said.

The two BHS standouts flourished under their former coach – and mom – Kelley Rifilato, who couldn’t make the match because she and her Wolverines are in Monument for their regular-season finales. Ed Rifilato, the girls father and defensive coordinator for the FLC football program, was on hand to watch his daughters.

This year, they’ve led the Grizzlies to an 18-3 overall record, a No. 25 ranking and an 11-3 conference mark.

Katherine Rifilato said after so much time playing together through their youth, it’s easy – and fun – to step on the court, especially their other home court, with her sibling.

They finish each others plays – and each others’ sentences.

Gabriella said, “We came out ready to play ...

“And stayed really consistent,” Katherine finished.

And with one year left in Gabriella Rifilato’s college eligibility, the sibling duo will get another trip next year to leave home to come home.

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Bayfield alumna Gabriella Rifilato had quite a homecoming at Whalen Gymnasium – where she “basically grew up.” The junior setter had 33 assists and two service aces to go with sister Katherine Rifilato’s team-high 11 digs and two more service aces to lead the 25th-ranked Grizzlies to a straight sets victory over Fort Lewis College. Enlarge photo

Steve Lewis/Durango Herald

Bayfield alumna Gabriella Rifilato had quite a homecoming at Whalen Gymnasium – where she “basically grew up.” The junior setter had 33 assists and two service aces to go with sister Katherine Rifilato’s team-high 11 digs and two more service aces to lead the 25th-ranked Grizzlies to a straight sets victory over Fort Lewis College.

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