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Men's Tennis Cruises Past Ferrum, Lynchburg on Saturday

Connor Shimmel (left), Michael O'Brien (right) (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
Connor Shimmel (left), Michael O'Brien (right) (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

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.

Harvie dispatched Taylor Napier 6-0, 6-1 in No. 1 singles and Cox took a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 2 over Garrett Freese. O'Brien, John Granholm and Jay Pannkuk were also winners in singles play.

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.

Be sure to follow the Scots all season long on athletics.covenant.edu and on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram for up-to-date scores, news and other information.