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Orangemen tennis finishes 5th at RCC Tourney

October 3, 2018

OMAHA -- The Beatrice boys tennis team traveled to Omaha on Tuesday and took fifth at the River Cities Conference Tournament.

The fifth place finish is one spot higher than they finished last year at the same meet.

Connor Kelley played No. 1 singles and Beatrice coach Karen Dittbrenner said it was tough going for him. He battled in his match against Ralston, but was unable to finish off the win.

“He battled hard in this No. 1 spot all day,” Dittbrenner said. “I am pleased with much of what Connor is doing. He has stepped into a very tough position late in the season and keeps working each match.”

In No. 1 doubles, the team of Dawson Saathoff and Zack Zimmerman went 2-4 on the day, which was good for fifth place.

They picked up an 8-5 win over Omaha Gross and an 8-0 win over Omaha Roncalli. They were in a battle with South Sioux City, but the Cardinal team was able to rally and win the last three game to win 8-5.

“These two are showing moments of being very hard to beat,” Dittbrenner said. “We have to work on playing at that level for the whole match. I am confident these two will finish the season strong.”

At No. 2 singles, Connor Freitag finished fourth after going 3-3. He picked up an 8-4 win over Omaha Gross, an 8-6 win over Ralston and an 8-2 win over Roncalli.

He also battled hard against South Sioux City and Omaha Skutt, but fell 8-5 and 8-6 in those matches.

“Connor is pretty hard on himself and we really tried to find some fun in the matches today,” Dittbrenner said. “He is playing at a pretty high level right now at times and just needs to work on the consistency issues common to young players.”

The No. 2 doubles team of Max Meyer and Colt Dittbrenner had the best day. They went 4-2 and finished tied for second, but settled for third because of the tiebreaker.

They beat Omaha Gross 9-7, Ralston 8-2, Roncalli 8-0 and South Sioux City 8-3.

They narrowly lost to Omaha Skutt 8-6 and then finished the day with a loss to Mount Michael.

“After a few rough outings, I was very pleased with how these two showed up to play and competed aggressively in most of their matches,” Dittbrenner said.

Beatrice also hosted a duals invite on Friday at Hannibal Park and finished second as a team.

Waverly won the invite with 18 points while Beatrice had seven. Lexington finished third with seven points and South Sioux City finished fourth with two points.

The No. 1 doubles team of Dawson Saathoff and Zack Zimmerman finished second. The No. 2 doubles of Colt Dittbrenner and Max Meyer finished third. The No. 3 doubles team of Connor Freitag and Connor Kelley finished third.

Beatrice will be in action again on Thursday when they travel to a dual against Waverly in Lincoln. They will then travel to the Gretna Invite on Friday.

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