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Men's Tennis Suffers Narrow Loss in USA South Tournament

Chris Cox (left), Matthew Harvie (right) (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)
Chris Cox (left), Matthew Harvie (right) (photo credit: Anna Dove/Sports Information)

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. -- The Covenant men's tennis team was poised for an upset of third-seed Huntingdon in the USA South tournament quarterfinal round, but the Scots came up just short falling 5-4 to the Hawks.

Covenant ends its season at 8-9 overall. Huntingdon (12-5) moves on to the semifinal round and will meet second-seed Methodist on Saturday at 10 a.m.

Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox showed why they were both chosen to All-USA South teams as the pair combined for three of Covenant's points. The duo earned a hard-fought 9-7 victory at No. 1 doubles over Huntingdon's Bobby Foroughian and Zac Baldwin to draw Covenant to within 2-1 after doubles play.

Harvie bested Foroughian 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 1 singles spot to keep the Scots close, while Cox took a 6-3, 6-4 decision over Sebastian Riveros at No. 2. Michael O'Brien accounted for the fourth Covenant point with a 7-6 (2), 7-5 win over John Jones at the No. 3 position. Huntingdon grabbed singles wins at Nos. 4-6 to secure the victory.

With his singles win, Cox became the first Covenant player since 2011 to record double-digit singles wins. The freshman went 10-6 on the year.

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