STAR JOURNAL REPORT
The Rhinelander High School girls tennis team got three matches in with a win and two losses Saturday before rain halted the Green Bay Southwest Invitational.
The Hodags lost to both Green Bay Southwest, 5-2, and Stevens Point Area Senior High, 6-1, and defeated Marshfield, 6-1.
“Traveling south always means tough competition and this year was no exception,” said RHS head coach Bob Heideman. “Perhaps the most encouraging comments came on the ride home when several players lamented the fact we did not get in the fourth match.
“That attitude gets you better and that’s what this meet was about. That’s what we want this team to be about.”
The Hodags’ No. 4 singles player, Kenedy Van Zile, won all three of her matches.
“There’s a couple girls at this point of the season I would vote most improved and Kenedy is in that small group,” Heideman said. “She goes 3-0 for the day and is not really challenged. Her game has taken a big bump since the beginning of the season. At No. 4 singles she can get back a lot of balls, her first serve can get some easy point, and she works her opponents around the court pretty well.”
The Hodags’ season record stands at 12-5 overall and 6-0 in the Great Northern Conference going into Tuesday’s conference dual meet at Antigo.