It was the second win for the Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team over Stevens Point in the past four days. This time at the RHS Tennis Courts, the Hodags used three close matches to secure the 5-2 non-conference victory on Tuesday evening, which was the same result as their first meeting at the Green Bay Southwest Invite.
Rhinelander won close matches at No. 2 singles, No. 4 singles, and No. 3 doubles to edge out the Panthers. RHS advanced to 13-7 overall this season and remain at 3-0 in the Great Northern Conference Standings.
At No. 4 singles, Kat Metropulos went back and forth against Tatum Thielman of Stevens Point. Metropulos cruised to a 6-2 win in the first set before Thielman battled back to take the second set 6-0 and force the tiebreaker. In the final set Metropulos went up 5-2 but couldn't seal the deal. Thielman took the next two games before Metropulos closed the match 6-4.
Senior Kenedy Van Zile also had to grind out a three-set victory at No. 2 singles over Estella Roerig. Van Zile easily won the first set 6-1 before Roesirg turned the tables and took the second second 6-4. Van Zile would pull ahead 5-4 after breaking Roerig's serve in the third set. Both players would break each other's serve the next two games before Van Zile closed the set 7-5 to take the match.
At No. 3 doubles, seniors Izzy Haverkampf and Jaiden Thiel also had a close battle in a straight set win over Caroline Blakeman and Sabrina O'Keefe. Thiel/Haverkampf would start with a 6-4 win the first set before having to fend off Blakeman/O'Keefe in the second set. The Hodag duo were down 4-5 in the second before winning the next two games to go up 6-5. It went into a tiebreaker after Rhinelander was unable to hold serve in the 12th. Thiel/Haverkampf caught a break on a double fault from the Panthers and would eventual win the tie breaker and win the second set 7-6.
The Hodags other two match wins both came in straight sets at No. 1 singles and No. 3 singles. Annika Johnson at the top singles flight had a close first set win over Jessica Kleman but pulled through to win 7-5. From there was smooth sailing as Johnson cruised to a 6-1 set win to close the match. And Kaylee Pontell at No. 3 singles earned a 6-3, 6- win over Abby Erwin.
Rhinelander's No. 1 and No. 2 doubles struggled on the evening and both were defeated in straight sets. The top Hodags doubles team of Jackie Wells and Alex Oestreich fell 6-1, 6-0 to Meghan Debot and Anna Hlavac. And Lisa White and Kathryn Borski at the second doubles flight fell 6-0, 6-1 to Steven Point's Leah Olsen and Allison Rust.
The Hodags now prepare for a big GNC dual on Thursday when they host Antigo at the RHS tennis courts. The Robins are 2-0 in the conference while RHS sits at 3-0. The match is scheduled to start at 4:30PM but with chances of rain, may be rescheduled to Friday afternoon if needed.
The Rhinelander High School girls' tennis team advanced to 3-0 in the Great Northern Conference standings after sweeping Medford and Phillips this week. RHS made quick work at Phillips where they only dropped two games overall on Thursday evening. And Tuesday the Hodags hosted Medford at the RHS Tennis Courts where there was a rain delay but did not effect the 7-0 results.
The Hodags quickly swept singles action and one doubles flight but the GNC dual was delayed because of the weather. RHS came back to take the final two doubles flights and complete the sweep to push ahead to 8-1 overall this season.
Medford also moved their top players to No.1 and No. 2 doubles, which proved to be the longest matches that were effected by the weather delay.
At the top doubles flight, Alex Oestreich and Jackie Wells won their first set 6-4 over Lauryn Strick and Elaine Schumacher before the nearly hour delay occur ed. The Hodag duo came back to to earn the straight set win by taking the second set 7-5.
While at No. 2 doubles Lisa White and Kathryn Borski cruised to a 6-1 first-set win over Kailee Mann and Brooke Sommer. White and Borski found themselves down 0-3 in the second before they railed off five games to come back. They were up 5-4 at the delay, and quickly closed the match once play resumed to win 6-4.
Izzy Haverkampf and Jaiden Thiel only dropped three games in their straight set win at No. 3 doubles. Haverkampf and Thiel defeated Cassidy Balciar and Maddy Spencer 6-1, 6-2 before the delay.
Rhinelander singles easily cruised to straight set wins. Annika Johnson at No. 1 singles won 6-0, 6-0 and Kaylee Ponteli also went 6-0, 6-0 at No. 3 singles. Kenedy Van Zile at No. 2 singles won 6-1, 6-2 and Taylor Riopel at the fourth singles flight won 6-1, 6-1.
Singles also were strong on Thursday when they only dropped one game in four flights. Johnson at the top flight blanked Trinity Pesko 6-0, 6-0. Van Zile won 6-1, 6-0 at No. 2 singles over Sophia Debyl. Ponteli swept Allison Kulwicki 6-0, 6-0 at the third singles light. And Kat Metropolis earned a forfeit win at No. 4 singles.
In very similar fashion, the Hodags' doubles teams all earned straight set wins and only dropped one game on the evening. Wells/Oestreich went 6-0, 6-0 over Hannah Angelo and Alyssa Hoffman. White/Borski won 6-1, 6-0 over Anna Angelo and Amy Kerner. And Thiel/Haverkampf won 6-0, 6-0.
RHS now has 42 conference points and are 3-0 in the GNC standings. The Hodags will head to Wausau West Friday and Saturday for an invite where they will face some tough non-conference competition as well as GNC rival Antigo. Rhinelander will also face Wausau East, Marshfield, Chippewa Falls, Ashwaubenon, and Madison Memorial.
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