A chance at the National championship is at stake today at West Point and tomorrow at Princeton when the squash team meets teams it could easily beat at Hemenway on uncertain terms.
On paper the Crimson is stronger than up-and-coming Army and perennially powerful Princeton. But since Jack Barnaby's squad will be on the road with hostile galleries and strange courts for the first time this year, the matches will be 5 to 4 or 6 to 3 affairs, other way.
Charlie Ufford and Dave Watts, the top one-two combination in college squash, are heavy favorites to take their matches. Only a minor miracle can help Bob Potter, son of the Middle coach, or Princeton's John Benoliel upset Ufford.
Watts, who has one of the fastest shots in the game, may have trouble with his timing because of the strange courts. Princeton's Roger Campbell has been playing well, but Watts still gets the nod in both meets.
The next three spots are the weakest on the team. Hadden Tomes, Larry Brownell, and Charlie Elliot were the only losers against Army last month. Against Williams, they all own, but they were playing men a notch lower. When Williams first man Dick Squires broke his wrist, the rest of the team moved up one. That all three should win either today or tomorrow is highly unlikely.
Crimson performances in the next four positions will make the difference. Bill Wister, sixth, John Rauh, seventh, Steve Sonnabend, eighth, and Mike Ward, ninth, are all undefeated thus far.
Guy Paschal--will also make the trip as alternate.