LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's tennis program has added three student-athletes for the fall 2017 recruiting class. Taylor Galloway, Paxton Haggerty, and Sam Jordan have all committed to attend Covenant and join the Scots' tennis team and head coach John Hirte this year.
Galloway comes to the Scots from Duluth, Ga. A recent graduate of Peachtree Ridge High School, Galloway is a two-time All-Region and All-County performer who helped lead his team to the GHSA state tournament four straight years, and was also ranked as high as 39th in the state of Georgia in the Boys' 18s.
"Covenant offers my major of computer science and I can contribute to the tennis team," Galloway said about his decision. "I like that Covenant is a smaller school, and I'm excited about new experiences and meeting new people, and definitely playing tennis for the Scots." He plans to study computer science with a concentration in cyber security.
"Taylor will make a fantastic addition to our tennis program," Hirte said. "He's an experienced tournament player who definitely prefers the smaller environment and the close-knit community we have here on the mountain. Along with a high-level of ability, you can tell that Taylor possesses a true love for the game of tennis, and we're thrilled he has made a decision to join our squad."
Haggerty is a recent graduate who hails from Branchville, N.J. He is a four-year high school varsity tennis player, racking up 68 career wins during his career. Haggerty was also a two-time team MVP and a four-time All-Conference first team selection.
"I really loved the campus and what I saw in the student life," Haggerty said. "The classes I sat in on were awesome, along with the professors. I'm excited about getting away from home and meeting new people, and definitely the tennis and challenging myself to be better." Haggerty plans to study sport administration.
"Paxton is a young man who consistently has a smile on his face, and I know is highly enthusiastic about being a college tennis player and plugging into campus life off the court at Covenant," added Hirte. "He is going to invest well in our program, and his positive energy and solid resume as a standout high school player will be another great asset to our team."
Jordan joins the Scots from Mocksville, N.C. Jordan played No. 1 and No. 2 for Davie County High School this past season, as they compiled a 17-2 record and secured both a regular season and conference tournament championship for the Central Piedmont Conference.
Jordan noted, "I chose to come to Covenant because I want to be in a place with a Christian education and athletic atmosphere. I am excited about meeting lots of new people, the residence hall life, and playing tennis." Jordan is planning to pursue either business or sports administration.
"My favorite thing about this group of three young men is their passion and eagerness to join not only our tennis program, but also our greater campus community," Hirte said about his class. "That was clearly evident from my first conversation with Sam. He has a work ethic that surpasses many others his age, but that is also balanced with an easy-going spirit. This past year he played a crucial role in helping his high school team achieve one of their best seasons in school history. I look forward to seeing him continue to grow and emerge as a leader within our program."
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