VIRGINIA -- Off to their best start in five years, the Covenant men's tennis team continues to show vast improvement in 2015. The Scots finished off a perfect 3-0 weekend with victories over USA South member Ferrum and non-conference foe Lynchburg on Saturday. The men took down Ferrum 8-1 and then defeated Lynchburg 7-2.
The Scots move to 4-2 overall on the year and 2-0 in the USA South. The six-match record to start the season matches the best in program history. The 2-0 conference mark also sets a program best to start a season.
In Saturday's opener at Ferrum, Covenant took all three doubles matches and cruised to the 8-1 victory. No. 1 doubles tandem of Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox proved to be too much for Ferrum's duo as they took an 8-1 win. Michael O'Brien and Dan Madden combined for an 8-1 win at the No. 2 spot, while Roy Anderson and Travis Hutchinson finished off the doubles sweep with an 8-5 victory at No. 3.
Against Lynchburg, Covenant started off much the same way winning all three doubles matches. The same three doubles teams (Harvie/Cox, O'Brien/Madden and Anderson/Hutchinson) took care of business to give the Scots a commanding 3-0 lead.
Lynchburg claimed two singles victories, but the Scots were able to hang on for the win. O'Brien, playing at the No. 1 spot, was forced to three sets but prevailed 3-6, 6-2, 10-6. Anderson took a win at No. 3, while Connor Shimmel and Hutchinson each recorded victories at Nos. 5 and 6, respectively.
Covenant will be back on the court on Saturday, March 14 against William Peace (10 a.m.) and Johnson (5:30 p.m.) on Lookout Mountain. The William Peace match will not count towards USA South standings.