The Beatrice boys tennis team suffered a narrow loss to Ralston Tuesday afternoon at Hannibal Park in Beatrice.

A tiebreak win in the final match of the day gave Ralston the 5-4 team win. Beatrice picked up one win in doubles play and three wins in singles play.

The team of Dillon Damme and Sam Steffen won in the No. 1 doubles spot.

"These two seem to play well and complement each other better each time they go out," said Beatrice coach Karen Dittbrenner. "I am enjoy watching them get stronger with each outing."

Steffen was also able to pick up in 8-3 win in No. 2 singles. Dittbrenner said he got off to a slow start, but then settled in and played his style.

"From that point on, he dominated his opponent," Dittbrenner said. "Sam is working hard on keeping his feet moving and being a more patient player. Tonight, he accomplished this and was able to finish the day with a win."

Cole Crandall dominated his No. 5 singles match 8-1. Dittbrenner said he played a talented kid, but Crandall was able to get a quick lead and never looked back.

"Cole is one player who quickly bounces back from situations and doesn't get down on himself," Dittbrenner said. "He has had two nice singles wins in a row and I look for him to continue to get stronger."

Picking up the final win for Beatrice was Colt Dittbrenner, who won his No. 6 singles match 8-5.

"Colt jumped out to a 3-0 lead but then lost focus and had to fight back a bit before finishing with the win," Dittbrenner said. "He continues to see different styles of play in this position and is having to learn to adapt them."

The outcome of the dual came down to the No. 4 singles match, which Joe Wright lost a 7-5 tiebreaker match.

"Joe Wright battled back in the No. 4 singles position from a big hole but came up just short," Dittbrenner said. "Joe was very generous in several of his calls and showed great integrity in this match. I am proud of how he fought."

The Beatrice boys tennis team will be in action again Thursday when they travel to Omaha Roncalli.

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