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.