LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN -- The Covenant men's tennis team continued a string of successful seasons in the 2018-19 campaign. The Scots finished with a .500 or better record for a third straight season and qualified for the USA South Tournament after going 9-9 overall and 9-3 in league play.
Seventh-year head coach John Hirte had to reload his squad after the departures of two of the top players in program history in Matthew Harvie and Chris Cox. Hirte did just that with a strong recruiting class that featured several players that would contribute immediately.
A taste of future success came in the fall at the ITA regional tournament. Junior Logan Hull, who moved up to the top flight in singles play, became the first Covenant player in the NCAA era to win two matches in the main singles draw, while freshman Tyler Kelly made a run to the championship round of his bracket draw. In doubles play, Hull and freshman Chris Morton saw success as they captured a consolation bracket title.
After a bumpy start to the spring season, Covenant found its groove and won six of eight matches in the month of March. Included in that stretch were key home wins over Brevard and LaGrange. The Scots qualified for the USA South Tournament with a victory over Maryville to finish the regular season.
Three players produced double-digit victory totals in singles play, led by Kelly's 16 wins. Kelly set a program freshman record with his singles wins and finished 16-4 on the year, and 9-2 in the USA South. Hull was strong at the top spot for the Scots as he went 11-8 overall and 7-4 in the USA South, while earning first team All-USA South and All-West Division honors. Freshman Ben Luke topped out at 10 singles wins and earned All-USA South West Division honorable mention. Luke was also Covenant's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team. Fellow freshman Cameron Cortman added an 8-3 record in the USA South in singles action.
Hull and Morton were 12-7 as a tandem in doubles play and ended up 9-1 against USA South foes. Kelly and Luke won eight doubles matches together, mostly at the No. 3 spot. Senior Trey Wood, the lone senior on the squad, capped his collegiate career with seven doubles wins, five of them coming at the No. 1 flight, and going 5-2 in singles play.
For a third straight year, the Scots were voted as the USA South Team Sportsmanship Award winner. Over the last three seasons, Covenant has tallied a pair of USA South West Division regular season titles and has a 24-5 record in conference play.
Logan Hull - first team
USA South All-Sportsmanship
USA South Team Sportsmanship
Team (third straight year)
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