LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Facing two quality teams on Saturday at home, the Covenant men's tennis team defeated Huntingdon 5-4 in the day's first match before suffering a 5-4 loss to non-conference foe Berry in the second match.
The split moves Covenant to 7-8 on the year and the win over Huntingdon improves the Scots' USA South mark to 3-1.
Against Huntingdon, the Scots took a 2-1 lead after doubles as the No. 2 tandem of Micah Fox and Logan Hull gave Covenant the lead with a 9-8 (7-5) win over the visiting Hawks' Justin McQueen and Ryan Runager. Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox took down John Jones and Bailey Burns 8-3 at the top spot.
In singles play, Covenant received victories from the top two spots in the lineup. Harvie eased past Jones 6-1, 6-0, while Cox was a 7-6, 6-1 winner over McQueen. Huntingdon mounted a rally in the later matches, but Fox won 6-1, 6-3 over Burns at the No. 4 spot to clinch the conference victory for Covenant.
In a tough match against regional foe Berry, the Scots were up to the challenge as the match was decided on the final singles match. Covenant had a 4-2 lead in the match, but the visiting Vikings were able to win all three of the remaining singles matches to take the win.
The Scots had to rally first, though, as they fell behind 2-1 in doubles play. Hull and Fox again picked up a win at the No. 2 position as they defeated Ryan Miner and Chase Gooding 9-7 to tally Covenant's first point.
The first three singles matches to finish all went to Covenant. Harvie bested Matthew Blakely 6-0, 6-3 at the No. 1 spot and Cox was a 6-3, 7-6 winner over Griffin Davis at No. 2. Hull gave Covenant its 4-2 lead with a three-set victory over Miner 4-6, 6-1, 10-8. But Berry would rally and Gooding knocked off Fox 4-6, 6-0, 11-9 at No. 4 to break the 4-4 match tie and give the victory to the Vikings.
Covenant will travel to Demorest, Ga., on Tuesday to face Piedmont. Match time is 3 p.m.
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