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OMAHA -- The Beatrice boys tennis team finished third at the River Cities Conference Championships on Monday in Omaha.

The Orangemen finished behind Mount Michael and Omaha Skutt.

The No. 2 doubles team of Dawson Saathoff and Zack Zimmerman placed third, going 4-2 on the day. They defeated Omaha Gross 8-3, Ralston 8-4, South Sioux City 8-1 and Omaha Roncalli 8-0.

Max Meyer placed fourth in No. 2 singles, going 3-3 on the day. He defeated Omaha Gross 8-4, Ralston 8-1 and Omaha Roncalli 8-1.

The No. 1 doubles team of Connor Freitag and Colt Dittbrenner ended in a three way tie for second place, but ended up third in the tiebreaker procedure. They went 4-2, defeating Omaha Gross 8-3, South Sioux City 8-0, Omaha Roncalli 8-0 and Omaha Skutt 8-6.

Connor Kelley finished fifth in No. 1 singles. He picked up wins over Ralston 8-3 and South Sioux City 8-5.

"(Connor's) wins were crucial in picking up the needed points for the team to finish third," said Beatrice Coach Karen Dittbrenner.

Beatrice will be in action again on Friday and Saturday when they travel to McCook to play McCook, Gering, North Platte and Scottsbluff.

"This conference tournament gives us a great measuring stick of how much we have improved from earlier in the season to now," Dittbrenner said. "Overall, these kids have consistently improved and should be able to finish the season strong."

After the trip to McCook, the Orangemen will then compete in the Class B State Tournament on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Woods Tennis Center in Lincolnl.

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