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Orangemen tennis team competes at state

October 12, 2018

LINCOLN -- The Beatrice tennis team traveled to Lincoln on Thursday to compete in the NSAA State Tennis Championships at the Woods Tennis Center.

Beatrice’s No. 2 doubles team of Colt Dittbrenner and Max Meyer picked up a win in their first round match.

The sophomore duo defeated Troy Coughlin and Jesse Crouch of Omaha Roncalli 6-3, 6-0.

In their second round match, Dittbrenner and Meyer fell to fourth-seeded Logan Barenberg and Isaac Hinze of McCook. They were ahead 6-5 in the first set but lost a tiebreaker. They were unable to recover and lost the second set 6-1.

Sophomore Connor Kelley represented Beatrice in No. 1 singles and he was tasked with a first round match against seventh-seeded Thomas Hunt of Adams Central. Kelley fell to the senior 6-0, 6-0.

“Connor had trouble getting anything going against his opponent,” said Beatrice coach Karen Dittbrenner. “I believe it was more a case of nerves than ability as Connor is a pretty athletic kid who typically runs down a lot of balls.”

In No. 2 singles, Beatrice sophomore Connor Freitag went up against sixth-seeded Eli Fox of Grand Island Central Catholic. Freitag fell in that first round match 6-0, 6-0.

Dittbrenner said Freitag played well and had several games go deuce, but he was just unable to get that last point.

“The kid he played was very patient and simply put the ball back in play and waited for Connor to make a mistake,” Dittbrenner said. “The score is not indicative of the type of match this was. Connor made this kid work for every point.”

In No. 1 doubles, the junior duo of Dawson Saathoff and Zack Zimmerman played against seventh-seeded Langston Hoover and Logan Hoover of Nebraska City. Saathoff and Zimmerman fell in that first round match 6-1, 6-1.

They got off to an early lead in the first game off of Zimmerman’s serve, but couldn’t keep the momentum going.

“This doubles team is quick and unorthodox and consequently hard to beat,” Dittbrenner said. “They play a very aggressive style of tennis and we couldn’t match them today.”

Dittbrenner said she was proud of how her team progressed throughout the season and is excited for next year -- since all her players will return.

“We won quite a few games and medals and got better,” Dittbrenner said. “We return every single player next year so what these kids do in the off season will make a huge impact. I am excited to see their efforts and progress.”

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