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Harvie, Men's Tennis Remain Regionally Ranked

Nina Grauley/ Sports Information
Nina Grauley/ Sports Information

Related: ITA Atlantic South Poll

LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- Following a strong end to the spring 2018 season, Covenant men's tennis senior Matthew Harvie climbed to No. 17 in the ITA Atlantic South region poll while the Scots remained at No. 17 as a team, as the organization announced its April 26 poll.

Covenant (15-5), which ended the year with a program record 15 wins and a USA South West Division title, was one of five USA South teams ranked in the poll, joining conference champion N.C. Wesleyan (No. 6), Methodist (No. 16), Averett (No. 19), and Piedmont (No. 20). In the singles rankings, Harvie and N.C. Wesleyan's Sebastian Sikh are the only players from the USA South regionally ranked.

Harvie, a senior from Grayson, Ga., moved up two spots in the poll after being No. 19 in the April 12 ranking. The senior finished the year with a 16-2 overall record in singles play, including a 15-1 mark in dual matches and 7-0 against USA South foes. Harvie knocked off two regionally ranked players on the year with wins over Birmingham Southern's Jacob Weinacker on Feb. 9, and Methodist's RJ Clement on April 14 in the USA South Tournament.

Harvie earned a fourth straight All-USA South first team honor and was a two-time USA South Player of the Week honoree this season. He ends his Covenant career with 51 singles wins and 54 doubles victories, both second-most in program history behind teammate Chris Cox. Harvie's career winning percentages of .773 (51-15) in singles and .730 (54-20) in doubles are the best in the program's history. 

The final ITA region polls are set to be released on May 31.

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