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Men's Tennis Upsets Methodist 5-4

Michael O'Brien (photo credit: Jack Lewis)
Michael O'Brien (photo credit: Jack Lewis)

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's tennis team picked up its biggest win over the last few years with a 5-4 upset of perennial USA South power Methodist on Friday afternoon at the Covenant Tennis Complex.

The win snaps a two-match losing streak for the Scots and moves them to 6-4 overall and 3-1 in the USA South. Methodist drops to 6-4 on the year and 3-2 in league play.

Covenant started off on the right foot as it took two of the three doubles matches. Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox knocked off Asa Britt and Seth Grant 8-3 at the No. 1 spot, while Michael O'Brien and Dan Madden defeated Max Mancini and Mark Tarentino 8-5 at No. 2. 

In singles play, it was Cox's three set victory at No. 2 that sealed the win for the Scots. Cox rallied after dropping the first set to come away with the match-clincher 3-6, 6-1, 6-3. Harvie bested Mancini 6-1, 6-2 at No. 1 and O'Brien was victorious at No. 3 with a 6-3, 6-4 win over Grant.

Methodist would take the Nos. 4, 5 and 6 singles for the final tally.

Covenant will be back on the courts on Saturday morning when it hosts North Carolina Wesleyan. Match time is slated for 11 a.m.

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.