The Rhinelander girls’ volleyball team opened up the Great Northern Conference season with a 3-0 sweep of Lakeland Tuesday evening, Sept. 4.
The Hodags completed the sweep with scores of 25-17, 25-19, 25-19. While the Thunderbirds were always in the game, and competed in the early stages of play, they eventually withered under the relentless attack of the Lady Hodags.
The two leading hitters on the evening were a junior and senior duo. Junior Katie Berrell had 20 kills on the night while senior Taylor Wissbroecker closely followed with 19 of her own. The team is very confident with these two girls helping lead the charge in the GNC. Katie’s sister Lindsay Berrell was the main passer for the evening, feeding the ball to her teammates, and had an impressive 56 assists over the 3 contests.
Sophomore Megan Haug was the top serving threat for the Hodags, as she went 14 for 14 with 3 aces.
Volleyball Coach Kathy Wawrzynowicz is proud of her team’s effort on the evening, but is not satisfied with where they are yet.
“We just want to keep improving,” she said. “There are still things we need to do better.”
When discussing how she prepared for this specific match up, she said, “We knew they had a big hitter and we would get some blocks. So we worked on block coverage. We need to keep getting better each match.”
The volleyball team travels to Beaver Dam on Saturday, and Coach W is excited about what the step up in competition can do to the girl’s chances of competing in the GNC.
“We are going to play some tough teams on Saturday. And if we can keep improving we are going to get better. Tomahawk has been the top team the last couple years and until someone knocks them off they are top dogs. But we need to keep getting better because the GNC has talent across the board.”
As previously stated, the Hodags head to Beaver Dam for a tournament this weekend.