BHS tennis compete at Kearney Catholic

September 27, 2018

KEARNEY -- The Beatrice boys tennis team traveled to the Kearney Catholic Invite on Tuesday.

The Orangemen found some stiff competition at the event, but managed to bring home a few wins.

Connor Freitag at No. 1 singles, Connor Kelley at No. 2 singles and Max Meyer and Colt Dittbrenner at No. 2 doubles were all able to pick up wins against teams from Holdrege.

Freitag came up just short of a second win, losing a 7-3 tiebreaker to Grand Island Central Catholic.

The No. 1 doubles team of Zack Zimmerman and Dawson Saathoff came close to winning a game, falling to Gretna 9-7.

“They have played this team before and came much closer to beating them this time,” said Beatrice coach Karen Dittbrenner. “They just need to find a way to finish out a match when they have a team on their heels.”

The No. 2 doubles team of Meyer and Dittbrenner fell short of knocking off Kearney Catholic 9-7 after getting themselves into a 7-1 hole.

Dittbrenner said it was good for her team to see such top notch competition as they move closer to the state meet.

“It is good to go out west and face some of these powerhouse teams we don’t see anywhere else,” Dittbrenner said. “We picked up more wins than last year and had three more matches we could have won, so this is evidence these kids are improving each time out.”

The Orangemen will be traveling to Nebraska City for a dual on Thursday. They will have a home doubles invite starting at 10 a.m. on Friday at Hannibal Park.

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