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Harvie and Cox Earn All-USA South, Hirte Coach of the Year for Men's Tennis

Harvie and Cox Earn All-USA South, Hirte Coach of the Year for Men's Tennis

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant men's tennis freshmen Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox both earned All-Conference honors from the USA South and head coach John Hirte was recognized as the league's Coach of the Year on the men's side, announced the conference on Thursday morning.

Harvie was a first team honoree, while Cox garnered second team honors. Harvie and Cox are the first two player in program history to earn All-USA South recognition. Hirte is the first coach in program history to be named conference coach of the year.

Harvie, a freshman from Grayson, Ga., went 8-5 overall in singles play all at the No. 1 spot. He compiled a 6-2 record in USA South matches. In doubles, Harvie is 9-6 on the year with a 6-3 mark in conference play. Harvie was named USA South Player and Rookie of the Week on March 9 after going undefeated in both singles and doubles play the week before.

Fellow freshman Cox also put together an outstanding season. The Maitland, Fla., native led the team with nine singles victories to go along with a 6-3 record in the USA South. He went 8-8 overall in doubles, but tallied six of those victories against USA South competition. Cox was also Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

Together, Harvie and Cox teamed up in 12 doubles matches and went 8-4. 

In his third year as head coach, Hirte has guided the Scots to an 8-8 record and a 5-4 mark in the USA South. The eight wins are the most since 2010 and the five league wins sets a program record. Hirte has seen his squad improve each year since his tenure began.

For the complete USA South release, click here

Covenant (8-8, 5-4 USA South) opens the USA South tournament on Friday as the sixth-seed against third-seed Huntingdon at 10 a.m. in Rocky Mount, N.C.

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.