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Harvie and Cox Earn First Team All-USA South

Harvie and Cox Earn First Team All-USA South

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant men's tennis seniors Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox were both named All-USA South first team members and All-West Division first team, as the USA South released its season awards on Thursday.

Freshman Paxton Haggerty was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.

All awards are voted on by the men's tennis coach at each institution. The divisional team voting is completed only by those coaches in the particular division. The all-conference and individual award voting is completed by all coaches.

Harvie becomes the first player in program history to earn first team All-Conference honors in four consecutive seasons. The senior from Grayson, Ga., has played at No. 1 singles all year and is 15-2 overall in singles play, with a 14-1 mark in dual matches and a perfect 7-0 against USA South foes. Harvie has not lost a USA South match since February of 2016.

Harvie, ranked regionally at No. 19 in the Atlantic South by the ITA entering the week, was a two-time USA South Player of the Week honoree this year, earning the awards on Feb. 19 and April 2. The senior hit the 50-win plateau in singles play with a victory against Sewanee on Tuesday and is 50-15 (.769) overall in his career. 

Cox, a senior from Maitland, Fla., has also had a tremendous season in singles play and earns an All-Conference honor for a fourth straight year. The senior leads the team with 16 singles wins and is 15-2 in dual matches. At the No. 2 singles spot, Cox has compiled a 14-1 record and went a perfect 7-0 in conference play. He earned USA South Player of the Week honors on March 26, his second career weekly accolade.

Cox became the program's career leader in singles wins earlier this season and is currently 55-30 overall. His 15 singles wins in dual matches this year are a single-season program record.

As a tandem, Harvie and Cox have dominated the field at the No. 1 doubles spot. The duo is 18-2 overall on the year, and 17-1 in dual matches. Harvie and Cox have won 16 straight doubles matches and have not lost together since Feb. 9.

Harvie and Cox have also both surpassed 100 combined career wins. Harvie has won 103 matches between singles (50) and doubles (53) play, while Cox has accumulated 109 career wins (55 in singles and 54 in doubles).

Haggerty, a freshman from Branchville, N.J., was the Scots' representative on the All-Sportsmanship team. Haggerty has won six singles matches on the year and went 4-4 against USA South foes. In doubles, Haggerty and Trey Wood have combined to go 6-4, while Haggerty has won seven doubles matches on the year.

North Carolina Wesleyan, the regular season champions from the East Division, swept the major awards in the USA South. Sebastian Sikh earned Player of the Year and Roberto Puig was named the Rookie of the Year. Head coach Albie Brice was voted Coach of the Year.

Covenant (15-4, 8-1 USA South) won the USA South West Division regular season title and is the No. 1 West seed in this week's conference tournament. The Scots received a bye into the semifinals and will face the winner of East No. 2 seed Methodist and West No. 3 seed LaGrange on Saturday at 2 p.m. in LaGrange, Ga.


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