The Rhinelander High School volleyball team was looking to collect their second win of the year on Tuesday when they travelled to Minocqua for a Great Northern Conference match, but fell to Lakeland in four sets. The Hodags fell to the Thunderbirds a few weeks ago in five sets, but only won a single set the second time around dropping; 25-21, 16-25, 19-25, 13-25.
The Hodags had their best set of the night in the first where they came away with a four-point victory. The battle was close throughout the set and RHS built a 14-11 after an ace from junior libero Hannah Woracheck. But the Thunderbirds went on a 9-5 run to take a 20-19 lead. But three straight Lakeland attacking errors open the door for the Hodags who would hold on to win 25-21.
In the second set, Rhinelander was unable to maintain their early momentum. The Thunderbirds raced out to 9-5 lead after an ace from sophomore Megan Haggart. Lakeland would continue to build on their lead and went for six unanswered points which included a pair of aces for senior Abby Parris. RHS was unable to recover from the run and would fall 16-25.
In the fourth and final set of the night, Rhinelander stayed close but a pair of runs in the middle and end of the set proved to be the difference. Junior Kahlie Arneson had a pair of early kills along with a kill and ace from senior Cynthia Beavers and middle kill from sophomore Ariel Pauer. Lakeland would follow with four straight points as part of 8-4 run to go ahead 18-13.
The Hodags answered with a 6-2 run to pull within one at 19-20, the run started with middle block from freshman Ava Lamers. Woracheck had another ace in the run and Pauer had back to back kills at the end of the run. The Thunderbirds would score the final five points from there to close out the match and earn the GNC win.
Beavers led the Hodags and recorded seven kills, nine digs, and a pair of blocks. Arneson finished with four kills and Lamers chipped in four kills as well. Junior setter Olivia TerBeest finished with 17 assists and Woracheck charted eight digs and a pair of aces.
Rhinelander fell to 0-8 in the GNC standings and are 1-23 overall. The Hodags will return to Minocqua on Saturday for the second leg of the GNC tournament. RHS will have a tough match up and will face Medford, Antigo, and Mosinee.