The Lakeland Union High School girls' tennis crossed paths with Wausau Newman for the second time this season on Tuesday, with similar results to the first go around.

Newman, one of two newcomers into the Great Northern Conference this season for girls' tennis, dispatched Lakeland 7-0 in Wausau, the first GNC dual of the season for both teams.

The T-Birds met up with the Cardinals Aug. 13 in a non-conference invite hosted by Wausau West, with Newman taking the match 7-0.

"Newman is a very good team with lots of experience," Lakeland coach Tom Oestreich said. "Several of their girls made it to sectional finals and on to state last year. The entire team hits with great form. Our girls benefit from hitting against a good team and hopefully they learn from their match."

Newman won the WIAA Division 2 subsectional Lakeland hosted last October and was the sectional runner-up two days later. Mia Larrian, Newman's No. 1 singles player, finished fifth in the Division 2 state singles tournament last fall.

The closest match of the day was at No. 4 singles, where Bailey Fox forced a second-set tiebreaker against Newman's Ruby Haupt, but fell short in a 6-0, 7-6 (1) decision.

"Bailey Fox had a close match. She was up in the second set which ended up in a tiebreaker," Oestreich noted.

Reilly Coon, Linnea Turner and Isis Ramirez were beaten love and love in the matches at the first three singles flights. The doubles teams of Hayley Fieck and Julie Neuberg and Cierra Hayman and Lorraine Hammes met similar fates at Nos. 1 and 2. The No. 3 doubles team of Mackenzie Cliver and Kiah Guthrie lost 6-1, 6-0 to Desirae Low and Anna Hakett.

"This quality hitting should benefit us going forward in future matches," Oestreich said.

Lakeland was home Thursday to face the other conference newcomer, Stevens Point Pacelli, in a match that concluded after deadline. Next up for the T-Birds is a GNC match Tuesday at Marshfield Columbus.

Jeremy Mayo may be reached at jeremy@rivernewsonline.com.