ROME, Ga. -- For the first time in eight years, the Covenant men's tennis team defeated Berry as the Scots downed the host Vikings, 5-4, on Wednesday evening at the Rome Tennis Center.
Covenant (14-3) has won 13 of its last 15 matches overall and continues to stretch a single-season program record for victories. It was also the first time since 2010 that the Scots have beaten Berry (6-5).
Wednesday saw much of the same formula work once again for the Scots. Covenant took a one-point lead in doubles and then used strong efforts from Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox in singles play to keep a lead before gaining a deciding point down the lineup.
Harvie and Cox won for a 15th consecutive time at the No. 1 doubles spot as the tandem knocked off Berry's Matthew Blakely and Chase Gooding by an 8-4 score. The victory was the 16th dual match win of the year for the senior duo, as both players broke a single-season program record for doubles wins in the process.
Covenant grabbed a 2-1 match lead as Logan Hull and Taylor Galloway pulled off a 9-7 win at No. 2 over Ryan Miner and Jordan Crance. Trey Wood and Paxton Haggerty narrowly fell to Rory Glatt and Matt Johnson 8-6 at the third flight.
In singles, Harvie and Cox both continued their winning ways. Harvie won his 49th career match with a 6-4, 6-1 victory at the top spot over Blakely. Cox tallied his 54th career win, and a single-season record-tying 14th victory, with a 7-6(2), 6-1 triumph over Gooding at the second position.
As Covenant dropped matches in the middle of the lineup, Ben Tonkel came through with a critical 4-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Clay Jones at the No. 6 spot to claim the win for the Scots.
Covenant will be back on the road on Thursday with a trip to Berea for a rescheduled USA South matchup from March 17. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
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