The Rhinelander High School volleyball showed great improvement on Tuesday night, after suffering a tough Great Northern Conference loss against Mosinee on Friday. Although Northland Pines swept the Hodags in three sets, RHS showed they are moving in the right direction with a young fairly inexperienced squad.
Rhinelander proved to have better passing and communication on the night as they improved their scores from the first time they faced the Eagles at the GNC tournament, but still fell 25-11, 25-17, and 25-12. Pines was led by junior Jacqueline Smith, the 2017 first-team all GNC player and showed they had more offense then the Hodags' defense could handle.
The Hodags best offensive set of the night came in the second set where they hung with Norhtland Pines most of the set. The Eagles pulled away at the end and would take an eight-point win and a 2-0 advantage in the match. It also gave Pines momentum going into the final and third set.
Senior Brooke led Rhinelander's attack with five kills on the night while Kahlie Arneson added four kills and Brylee Ridderbusch recorded three kills. Arneson also chipped in five blocks for RHS.
First year setter Aryssa Zasada finished the night with nine assists and also went 12-of-14 serving for the Hodags. Senior libero Mikayla Evenstad finished the night with nine digs.
Rhinelander fell to 0-7 in the conference standings and are 1-27 overall. The Hodags will host Lakeland at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium on Tuesday night. Last time the Hodags faced the Thunderbirds at the GNC tournament, they fell in four sets, but are looking to turn the tables and record their first conference win of the year.