The Rhinelander High School boys' tennis team had to make some adjustments on Thursday evening when they faced Medford at the RHS tennis courts. The Hodags used an altered lineup due to a few players facing minor injuries. Rhinelander was able to adjust and got the job down and defeated the Raiders 5-2 and marked their second win over Medford in the past three days.
The Hodags swept all four singles matches and won the top doubles match to advance to 4-0 in the Great Northern Conference. RHS also took a 14-point lead in the conference race over Pacelli who sits in second at 3-1.
The Raiders stacked their doubles teams on the team, while Rhinelander moved top singles player Markus Johnson to No. 2 doubles due to a soar shoulder that affected his overhand serve. Russell Benoy bumped up to the top singles flight and Jacob Weddle moved to No. 2 singles. And Jared Fabich moved from doubles action to No. 3 singles.
Benoy earned a 6-3, 6-3 straight set win over Medford's Sterling Reilly at the top singles flight. While Weddle defeated Zach Kawa 6-2, 6-0. Fabich took some time to adjust to singles action against Reley Kleist, but settled in and won 6-4, 6-1. And Freddy Wisner completed the singles sweep for RHS and started strong and cruised to a 6-0, 6-3 win against Tahyankka Damm.
Rhinelander proved to face the toughest competition in doubles action, where they only won a single match at the top flight. Jared Haug and Conner Young cashed in on an important win at No. 1 doubles and downed Alec Shear and Charlie Branstetter 6-4, 6-1.
Johnson and Grant Gilbert paired up at the No. 2 doubles position for the Hodags and would fall 6-7, 2-6 to Trentin Messman and Alec Veal. And at No. 3 doubles Logan Oestrich and Cade Aschenbrenner fell in the only three-setter of the evening. Logan Searles and Armin Kliewe of Medford fell 3-6 in the first set before rallying back to steal the second set 7-5. And in the tiebreaker Aschenbrenner and Oestrich battled but fell 6-7 for the Rhinelander's second match loss.
The Hodags will return to the court Friday and Saturday and will compete in the Wausau West Invite and will face Wausau East and Green Bay Southwest in dual meets. RHS will not get much rest and will return to GNC action on Monday when they travel to Lakeland.