Steamboat Springs senior Mikaila Jegtvig looks to put a point on the board during Friday evening's match against Rifle in Steamboat Springs. It was the final home match of the season for the Sailors, who won in three sets.

Photo by John F. Russell

Steamboat Springs senior Mikaila Jegtvig looks to put a point on the board during Friday evening's match against Rifle in Steamboat Springs. It was the final home match of the season for the Sailors, who won in three sets.

Steamboat volleyball beats Rifle in 3

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— At this point, the playoff picture is muddied, and with teams still to play this weekend, it likely won’t be clear until the end of next week.

What was clear Friday was how well Steamboat played on senior night.

Steamboat controlled the game, easily beating Rifle in three, 25-14, 25-9 and 25-14.

“There was a lot of emotion with senior night,” Steamboat Springs High School volleyball coach Wendy Hall said. “It's kids that are playing their last game in their gym. The younger kids are emotional for them.”

Steamboat got contributions from everywhere and was able to put together its most consistent effort of the year.

Hall said the team was as focused as it has been in a while. She attributed it to senior night but also the Sailors fighting for their playoff lives.

Steamboat visibly was fired up after the second set, but Hall said the players managed to get their emotions in check and finish the job.

“Every phase of the game was on point tonight,” Hall said. “It was a great way for those seniors to go out.”

Senior Mikaila Jegtvig led the way with 11 kills and was 12 of 12 from the service line.

Steamboat next plays at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Battle Mountain.

After that, the team should know its playoff fate.

“It’s been a special year,” Hall said. “We’re not done yet. I kept reminding them of that. But you always close a chapter when you’re done playing in your home gym.”

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229, email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @LukeGraham

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