Related: USA South Release
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant head men's tennis coach John Hirte was named USA South Coach of the Year, Matthew Harvie earned first team All-USA South and All-West Division while Chris Cox was a first team All-West selection as the league released its postseason awards on Thursday.
Additionally, freshman Ben Tonkel was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. All awards are voted on by the men's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.
Hirte, in his fifth year as the head coach of Covenant, received his second career USA South Men's Tennis Coach of the Year honor. He has guided the Scots to a 12-9 overall record and a 7-1 conference mark which was good for a share of the West Division conference title, the first league title in program history. Additionally, the 12 overall wins and seven conference victories set program records for a single-season. Hirte will now take his squad into the USA South Tournament as the West Division top-seeded team.
Harvie, a junior from Grayson, Ga., is regionally-ranked for the second time in his career and currently is 12-4 in singles play with all of those at the No. 1 spot. It is the third straight year Harvie has earned a spot on the All-USA South first team. The junior did not lose a match against USA South foes going 6-0 during the regular season. Harvie was named USA South Player of the Week on Feb. 27 after going 2-0 in singles and 2-1 in doubles the week prior.
The honor is also the third straight year Cox, a junior from Maitland, Fla., has garnered a postseason award. Cox leads the team with 13 singles victories on the year and finished 6-1 against USA South competition. The junior is 8-2 over his last 10 matches heading into the USA South Tournament.
Together, Harvie and Cox have dominated at No. 1 doubles. The tandem has combined to go 14-6, including a 7-0 mark in the USA South. Cox has 15 doubles wins on the year and that broke the single-season program record.
Tonkel, a freshman from London, Ky., has compiled a 9-8 singles record and went 5-2 in the USA South and has won four straight matches. He has also collected a pair of doubles wins on the year.
Covenant (12-9) enters the USA South Tournament as the No. 1 seed from the West and will play on Friday in a semifinal at 10 a.m. against the winner of Huntingdon and Averett.
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