Racquetmen Seek U. S. Amateur Crown, Terrell Competes for Individual Honors
Having dominated collegiate squash competition this season. Harvard's undefeated racquetmen face their toughest task of the year when they compete today in the United States Squash Racquet Association's National Amateur Championships on the Penn courts in Philadelphia.
The USSRA is sponsoring several invitational tournaments. Harvard captain Larry Terrell will compete in the national individual championship, while five additional members of the Crimson squad will represent Harvard in team competition. Final rounds will be held Monday afternoon.
Terrell, as an entrant in the individual tournament, is disqualified from competition for the team title.
Presently the top-ranking collegiate player in the country and third best amateur in the nation. Terrell began his claim to national attention in this tournament two years ago. As a sophomore, he upset Bob Hetherington, ex-Yale star and second seed in the tournament, in one of the opening rounds.
Terrell should advance through several matches, but his chances of winning the crown are slim. Also entered in the competition will be Anil Nayar. Last season, as Harvard's captain, Nayar became the first collegiate player in 33 years to win the national amateur title. Nayar will be seeded either one or two in his attempt to defend the crown.
Harvard will enter John Ince. Fernando Gouzalez. Ed Atwood, Dave Fish, and Jaime Gonzalez in the five-man championship competition. At 10:30 a.m. this morning Harvard will face Detroit in its first contest Both the Crimson and Detroit received byes in the opening round.
Although the Harvard quintet ranks
above other collegiate entrants, including will be lighting an uphill battle against will be lighting an uphill battle against several metropolitan representatives.
Cities, including Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, may choose any five amateur players that are not invited to the individual competition. These composite unban teams are highly favored over the collegiate entrants.
Harvard has only one collegiate match remaining on its schedule. If the Crimson defeats Yale next Saturday, coach Jack Barnaby's squad will finish the season with a perfect 10-0 record and its eighth Ivy League title in nine years.