The Crimson's Paul Sullivan is sick, and the team has to play Army. Even without its usual number two man, however, Coach Jack Barnaby's varsity shouldn't have a great deal of trouble with the Cadets.
The match will be this afternoon, at West Point.
The thing to remember about an Army squash team is that what man you play doesn't really make any difference. All nine of them are big, strong, enthusiastic, extremely well-conditioned, and (Navy having disappeared from the Harvard schedule after an argument about poor sportsmanship) extremely good sports.
But if the team is consistent, it is, unfortunately for Army, not consistently excellent. Graduation removed many key players last June, including captain Dick McNear, who was at one or two for the Cadets all season.
Last winter, the Crimson gave Army an 8-1 pasting. At that time, it was Army that was considered to be the experienced team, and Harvard the opposite. But now, wish largely the same team that faced the Cadets here in Cambridge last year, the Crimson has exactly reversed matter.
Except for Sullivan (and Hampy Howell, still out with mononucleosis) the team is in perfect shape for today match. When the Crimson left for West Point early yesterday afternoon, Barnaby had not yet decided on his exact line-up but will still use Vic Neiderhoffer at number one. Sullivan played number two against McGill, and his replacement, has not yet been determined.
Army will be the Crimson's first opponent in the Eastern Intercollegiate Squash League, and a defeat at the hands of the Cadets would, of course, be disastrous. With Army out of the way, the sailing should be fairly clear until February when the Crimson will have to take on Amherst.
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