LAGRANGE, Ga. -- The Covenant men's tennis team capped a historic regular season on the court on Saturday afternoon, and then got even better news later in the day. First, the Scots claimed a share of the USA South West Division regular season championship with an 8-1 win at LaGrange to secure the program's first conference title.
Covenant (12-9, 7-1 USA South) tied with Piedmont for the regular season crown in the West Division with identical 7-1 conference marks. Since the two teams split their head-to-head matchups during the year and there were no other tiebreak scenarios that broke the tie, a coin toss decided who would represent the West as the No. 1 seed in next week's USA South Tournament. Covenant won the flip and will be the West's No. 1 seed.
The win also gave Covenant its 12th of the year, breaking a program record for wins in a season. The seven conference wins are also a program record.
The Scots got off to another strong start as all three doubles teams took victories. Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox capped an unbeaten conference regular season record with an 8-6 win at the top spot. Logan Hull and Micah Fox were also 8-6 winners at No. 2, while Connor Shimmel and Trey Wood recorded an 8-6 win at No. 3.
In singles, Harvie took down Mitchell Corley 6-2, 6-1 at the top position. Hull bested Lance Shealy 6-2, 6-2 at No. 3 singles, while Fox was victorious 6-3, 6-2 over John Benton at the fourth spot. Wood took a 6-3, 6-3 over Drew Cantrell and Ben Tonkel capped the victory with a 6-3, 6-1 win against Thatcher Alu.
With the West No. 1 seed in the USA South Tournament, Covenant will receive a bye into the semifinal round which will take place on Friday, April 14 in LaGrange, Ga.
Covenant will await its opponent in the semifinal round of the USA South Tournament.
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