The Rhinelander High School volleyball team and first-year coach Brianna Scheuermann opened the Great Northern Conference and suffered a three-set loss to Tomahawk on the road on Thursday night. The Hatchets cruised to a 25-13, 25-10, 25-19 victory.
The Hodags' struggled in their first two sets of the night, with a combination of a young inexperienced varsity squad and a lack of height and blocking, it puts a lot of stress on the back row and that showed Thursday.
The Hatchets had two convincing set wins to start the night, but Rhinelander did battle back in the third, but just didn't have enough to force a fourth set. It did not look promising to start the third set when Tomahawk raced out to a 9-3 advantage. Back-to-back kills from sophomore Hannah Worachek sparked the Hodags' offense aided by a long Tomahawk serve and net call.
RHS tied the game up 13-13 and forced the Hatchets to call a timeout to slow the momentum down. The Hodags stayed within striking distance but Tomahawk would have the finally push and five of their six final points were off kills or aces to close the match.
The Hatchets finished the night with 19 aces. Mady Hanse of Tomahawk led the way with 13 kills. Natalie Zastrow added eight aces and six kills for the Hatchets as well.
Rhinelander only finished the night with seven kills as a team, with Worachek accounting for four of them. Kahlie Arneson, Brooke Mork, and Brylee Ridderbusch each added one kill. Libero Mikayla Evenstad finished the night with 10 digs and Worachek chipped in seven digs.
The Hodags went 30 of 37 serving on the night. Evensted personally went 7-7 and recorded two aces. Arneson was also perfect form the service line, 10-10 and added one ace.
The Hodags fell to 0-1 in the GNC standings and are now 1-10 overall this season. Rhinelander will compete in a non-conference invite at Marshfield on Saturday. RHS will then host Wausau East on Tuesday night at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. First-serve is set for 7:00PM.