After the Rhinelander High School volleyball team picked up their first win of the season, they were unable to keep that momentum going. The Tomahawk Hatchets swept the Hodags in three sets in their Great Northern Conference opener on Thursday.
Tomahawk outmatched Rhinelander and won 25-15, 25-9, 25-15 at the Jim Miazga Community Gymnasium. The Hodags had some solid runs but was unable to keep up with the Hatchets down the stretch.
Rhinelander battled strong in the first set and stayed within striking distance and were within two points at 12-14 before the Hatchets rallied to close the set on a 11-3 run.
The second set proved to be a different story, where RHS could not stop Tomahawk's speed as well as their height in the front row where they had several quick sets in the middle. The Hodags also lost setter Olivia TerBeest due to an injury in the second set who recorded eight assists in the second before leaving the match. Aryssa Zasada replaced TerBeest and add three assists in the second.
Kahlie Arneson and Ariel Pauer led Rhinelander's offense and each recorded three kills on the night. While Brynn Brzycki, Emily Jorgensen, and Brylee Ridderbusch all finished with one kill. Jorgensen also added two aces.
On defense, libero Hannah Worachek led the team with seven digs on the night and Pauer chipped in five digs. The Hodags did not record a block on the night despite having a taller lineup than they have had in the past few seasons.
Rhinelander fell to 1-10 on the season. RHS will be back in action on Tuesday night when they travel to Medford for another tough GNC matchup. First-serve is set for 7:00PM at Raider Hall.