The Harvard tennis team swept the Annual Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Tournament at Princeton University last weekend, racking up 42 points to come in a close second behind Princeton's 49.
Sixteen East Coast colleges competed in the tournament, which consisted of three flights in both singles and doubles.
Gary Reiner, the no. 1 Crimson racketman, won the singles flight A tournament. In the semi-finals he defeated Princeton's no. 1 and first seed in the tournament, Bill Dutton, before sweeping through UPenn's no. 1 Rick Myer in a three-set match to wrap up his ECAC victory.
"Reiner had a tough draw and his victory was a great win," Coach Jack Barnaby said yesterday.
Reiner said, "I felt confident in each match and never felt I was going to lose even when I was down in a set."
In doubles competition each final match featured Crimson netmen and Princeton Tigers, with Princeton fighting until the end for their victory in each case.
The Crimson fielded three new doubles combinations with Reiner and Dan Waldman paired as the no. 1 team, Todd Lundy and Jim Levi as no. 2, and Freshmen Al Bunis Jr. and Kevin Shaw as no. 3.
Coach Barnaby said, "I was extremely pleased with the doubles' results. For a first effort towards building new teams these wins were encouraging."
Besides Reiner's standout performance, other players had impressive wins. Al Bunis, the newest member of the team, lost in the finals of the C division to John Hayes, defending Princeton champion, after pulling his semi-finals round through six match points.
Jim Levi lost in the quarter-finals of the B flight to the 4th seed Bob Lavit of UPenn in a close three-setter that ended in a 5-4 tie breaker. John Thorton, no. 6, was also eliminated in the quarters of his division.
Princeton won the tournament for the third year in a row. Barnaby said, "the Tigers have several stars who are finished tennis players right now".
"I have a lot of talent to work with and each team member certainly proved himself to be a serious contender in the spring matches," he said.