The racquetmen put Saturday's disappointing Columbia defeat behind them and played like champions here yesterday, overwhelming the weak Amherst Sabrinas, 9-0.
The Crimson was thrashing Amherst so soundly that coach Jack Barnaby played junior varsity players in the two varsity doubles matches. Nonetheless, the racquetmen took every match in only two sets.
Harvard's John Ingard played the only tight match of the afternoon, outlasting Rick Weller, 7-6, 7-6. Weller was in top form and fought tenaciously, but Ingard displayed unusual poise and swept to 5-1 victories in both tie-breaking sets.
The other singles matches were never in doubt, as Amherst never won more than three sets in any one game.
Barnaby placed Ingard and Gary Reiner in the first doubles so that they could gain more experience playing together. Ingard hit the ball well and they coasted to an easy victory, 6-4, 6-2.
J.V. players Charlie Krusen and Hugh Hyde slipped by Amherst's second doubles team, 6-3, 7-6, and Sandy Wilson and Bryan Griffin swept third doubles with convincing 6-1, 6-3 tallies.
After the match Barnaby said that he had expected a lopsided victory. "We know that they were too inexperienced to give us a serious match," he said, "But you have to give them credit--they sure fought like hell."
The Crimson won't be able to savor yesterday's triumph for long, because they have a bust week ahead of them. They hit the road to face Army today. Cornell tomorrow, and Dartmouth on Saturday.
Barnady said that all of these teams will be tougher than Amherst, but that the team is facing the road trip with "cautious optimism."