LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The 2014 edition of the Covenant men's tennis team saw drastic improvements under second-year head coach John Hirte. A season after going winless, the Scots won twice and were a win shy of going to the USA South Tournament.
The best news around the program might have been the brand new, on-campus tennis complex that opened up for business in March, but the team also saw some talent.
Freshmen Michael O'Brien and Frank Portlock provided stiffer competition for opponents at the top of Hirte's lineup. O'Brien, a freshman from Franklin, Tenn., won four singles matches at the No. 1 position. Fellow newcomer Portlock, from Winter Haven, Fla., led the squad with seven singles wins at the No. 2 spot.
The new tennis complex opened up on March 15 as the Scots hosted both USA South foe LaGrange and non-conference opponent Johnson. After dropping the contest with LaGrange, the Scots snapped their long losing streak with a 9-0 win over Johnson. Covenant would get its first USA South triumph in April when they defeated Maryville 9-0 on the road.
The season was a step in the right direction for Hirte and his program. The rebuilding process continues but with zero seniors on this year's team and more solid recruits headed to Lookout Mountain in the fall, the future is looking brighter for Covenant's men's tennis program.
USA South All-Sportsmanship
USA South Sportsmanship Award