LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's tennis team fell just short to Piedmont, 5-4, in their conference opener on top of Lookout Mountain.
The match came all the way down the final dual of the night. It was knotted at four as Andrew Chitty outlasted Tyler Kelly 7-5, 6-2 to clinch the victory for Piedmont (2-0, 2-0 USA South).
Covenant (0-4, 0-1 USA South) claimed the first point of the match as Logan Hull and Chris Morton defeated Chitty and Harrison LaBollita 8-4 at two doubles. Trey Wood and Paxton Haggerty played Kanler Cumbass and Jarrett Gray all the way to a tiebreak (8-7 (7-3)) allowing Piedmont to tie things up at one. The Lions were able to take the final doubles point with a Houston Medlock and Chase Morris 8-6 victory over Tyler Kelly and Ben Luke.
After falling behind 2-1, the Scots tied things back up again as Luke defeated Medlock 6-2, 6-4 at three singles. Covenant regained the lead as Hull defeated Cumbass in a thrilling three-set (6-1, 4-6, 6-2) victory.
Piedmont then tied everything back up at three as LaBotilla picked up a win over a battling Haggerty 6-2, 3-6, 7-5. Cortman then forced the penultimate showdown with a commanding 6-1, 6-2 victory at five singles.
In the final match of the night, Kelly forced Chatty to work for every point. After dropping the first set 7-5, Kelly gave everything he had before falling 6-2 in the final set to secure the victory for Piedmont.
The LaGrange match that was postponed last week has now been rescheduled for Friday, March 29 at 3 p.m. on top of Lookout Mountain.
Covenant makes the trip to Maryville College beginning at 2:30 p.m.
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