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"This is the strongest team since the war, in both material and experience," squash coach Jack Barnaby commented yesterday. For the first time in several years the squad rates on even terms with such consistent powers as Yale and Princeton, and Barnaby is looking for his first victory over the Elis since before World War II. So far this year the team has posted shutout victories over both McGill and Dartmouth, winning 18 matches and losing none.
Captain Henry Foster is the latest of three brothers to play number one and captain the Crimson team. Sidelined by a broken leg for most of last season, Foster is nevertheless a capable and experienced player who stands near the top of intercollegiate squash ranks. Barnaby describes him as "a master strategist-a very accomplished player capable of taking on any opponent with at least an even chance of winning."
Joe Clark, number two man, is fast and plays a power game featuring rapid serves and hard drives. His game lacks the polish and finesse of Foster's, but he is a consistently steady and accurate player. Hugh Nawn, third man on the Crimson squad, recently won the Montreal Amateur Athletic Association Invitation Tournament. Nawn is the team's leading stylist, a precision player who prefers an accurate, moderate game to the slamming tactics of some other members of the team.
Charlie Ufford, a six foot four sophomore, won both the Class B and Class C state championships last year and shows great promise. He is an excellent "getter," has fine corner shots, and takes full advantage of his long reach. Dave Watts, another sophomore, who stands six foot five, plays a power game that is in sharp contrast to Ufford's touch style. He is a powerful hitter and volleyer with a strong serve, and, although less experienced than the four men above him, is considered another fine prospect by Barnaby.
Jim Bacon, number one man on the freshman squad two years ago, plays a sound, all-around game and deserves more success than he has had so far. His number six position on the team reveals the excellent strength and depth of the current squad. Sam Hoar, another junior, can hit as hard as anyone on the team. His game lacks polish, but he is gradually developing from a wild slugger into a steadier, more accurate competitor.
Jehangir "Muggy" Mugaseth, also a junior, is a stylist similar to Nawn, who learned squash in the shorter, wider English courts and is now adapting himself to the American game. Aliston Flagg, Dave Symmes, and Wister Wood are engaged in a close battle for the ninth and last position on the 'A' team, with Flagg currently on top. Both individually and as a team, the 1950 squashmen show great promise; they have started perfectly and could conceivably wind up with one of the top varsity records of the year.
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