Tigers Pounce on Racquetmen, Shatter Crimson's Title Hopes
It was just like any other Harvard- Princeton squash match--the victor would be the new Ivy League champion and destined to become the next national champion. Princeton emerged victorious from this season's showdown, besting Harvard, 7-2, at Princeton on Saturday.
The Tigers' victory stands as a witness to one of the greatest Princeton teams in modern history, and also to a Crimson squad that refused to quit against in-surmountable odds.
After the Crimson's number one and two seeds. Peter Blasier and Bill Kaplan, were eliminated by their opponents in four games, it was apparent that this was the year of the Tiger.
Princeton boasted essentially the same team that tied the Crimson for the Ivy crown last year, while graduation losses depleted the top seeds from last year's Harvard squad.
Dick Cashin pulled the Crimson back within one point of the Tigers, destroying Princeton's Hollis Russell in four games in a match marked by Cashin's power hitting.
"Russell couldn't handle hard serves." Cashin explained. "I had the right type of game to take him."
Fred Fisher evened the match at 2-2, employing a soft touch to take Princeton's Dave Bottgar in five games, but that would be the end of the Crimson scoring although many matches were very close.
Crimson coach Jack Barnaby said yesterday, "I was pleased with everything about the match except I wish we could have won."