- Hodag volleyball will begin a new era this season.
Saturday at a scrimmage in Merrill, Hodag players and coaches put the new leadership and teams to test.
"It feels really good to be back on the quart," said sophomore varsity returner Hannah Worachek.
Rhinelander volleyball challenged Antigo, Merrill and Rib Lake.
"It helps us know how they are going to be playing during the season and what we expect," Worachek said.
The young Hodag team also took the court for the first time with their new coach.
Brianna Scheuermann is a 2015 graduate of RHS and its volleyball program.
"How to coach the girls at a varsity level has kind of just been something new for me," Scheuermann said. "I've been a varsity player, but it's totally different coaching it."
Scheuermann coached the JV squad last season so she's not a complete rookie.
"You're looking at not only just your team, you are looking at all the teams and who could possibly be moving up or moving down and who needs to learn what," Scheuermann said.
Scheuermann was pleased with how the girls played today and now she knows exactly what the team needs to work on.
"We definitely need to focus on serving, getting our spots and more passing to get good sets up for the hitters and hitting down on the ball," Scheuermann said.
Worachek says the coaching transition has been easy and she has high hopes for the season.
"I really hope we can win some games and challenge each other and take it serious," Worachek said.
Scheuermann plans to push her players to their highest potential.
"I really want them to understand and kind of get volleyball at a higher level," Scheuermann said.
The former RHS coach, Kathy Wawrzynowicz retired after 18 years.
The Hodags will host a four-team invitational on August 21 with Ashland, Chequamegon and Three Lakes for their home opener.