BREVARD, N.C. -- The Covenant men's tennis team took a 2-1 lead after doubles and then won the first three completed singles matches to come away with a 5-4 win over Brevard in USA South action on Saturday afternoon at the McCoy Tennis Complex.
The win keeps Covenant (7-7, 7-2 USA South) in second place in the USA South West Division heading into the final two weeks of the regular season. The victory also clinched a season sweep of Brevard (6-9, 4-5 USA South).
Covenant collected a pair of default points in the match, at No. 3 doubles and No. 6 singles. The Scots took a 2-1 match lead after doubles as the No. 2 team of Logan Hull and Chris Morton defeated Tyler Frazee and Nathan Boepple, 8-1.
The Scots then sealed the win with singles wins at the fourth and fifth spots, to go along with the default at No. 6. Cameron Cortman gave Covenant a 4-1 lead in the match with his 6-1, 6-2 victory over Boepple at the No. 4 flight. Tyler Kelly then clinched the match with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Andrew Ingram at No. 5.
Kelly has won nine of his last 10 singles matches, and leads the team with 14 singles victories on the year.
Covenant dropped close decisions in the top three spots. Hull battled with Brevard's top player, Tom Mittring, but fell 6-3, 6-4 at No. 1. Paxton Haggerty also dropped a close match with Tim Hengst, 6-1, 7-6(3), while Ben Luke fell 7-6(5), 6-1 to Frazee.
Covenant will face NCAA Division I foe Chattanooga in an exhibition match for the Scots on Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in Chattanooga. The next regular season match is Friday, April 12 at Huntingdon (3:30 p.m. EDT).
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