Tomorrow's tennis match with Yale will hardly evoke the usual passions of a battle between arch rivals, but it should be a fitting finale for Harvard's very successful season. The Crimson is heavily favored to nail down a tie for second place in the EITA with a victory over the Elis.
Yale, 4-4 in the League and 6-6 overall, fared very badly against Harvard in the Intercollegiate Tournament at Williams last weekend. Yale players were eliminated by Harvard players four times in semi-finals contests and once in the finals.
The Elis did not advance very far in the "A" Division. In the "B" Division semi-finals, Barry Svigals was dumped by Randy Barnett, 6-1, 6-2, while Bill Brock beat Neil Allen. 6-3, 6-4. Barnett and Tom Loring defeated Svigals and Allen. 6-4, 6-1. in the second round of "B" doubles.
In "C" Division singles. Peter Briggs beat number one seed Will Cleveland in the semi-finals. 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, and Phil St. Georges in the finals, 6-3, 6-3.
Since upsetting Penn, 6-3, Yale has lost to Columbia, 9-0 and Princeton, 8-4. "Playing on clay courts was the major-factor in Yale's win over Penn," coach Jack Barnaby said.
Harvard beat Penn at Philadelphia, 6-3. "Penn has hard surface courts, and has a definite advantage at home against teams used to clay. Yale played Penn at home and had a similar home court advantage." Barnaby said.
Few Yale Veterans
Dan Tancey at number one singles Svigals at three and Allen at four are the only returners from last year's Yale team that lost to Harvard. 9-0. Wick Chambers plays second singles, and St. Georges and Cleveland will be at five and six.
Tomorrow's match will start at 3 p.m. on the Soldiers' Field courts.