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Tennis Varsity Defeats Bulldogs, 6-3

Bowditch Beats Howe

By Peter J. Rothenberg

The varsity tennis team defeated Yale yesterday, as most people had expected, but not before the Elis had given the once-beaten Crimson a good, clean scare. The score was 6 to 3 for the Eastern League match, and 10 to 5 in Big Three scoring.

The scare came in the featured first singles, where Bob Bowditch was a heavy favorite to beat Yale sophomore Ralph Howe. The match was low in artistry but high in drams, as Bowditch came from behind twice to win, 8-4, 8-6, 6-4. The Crimson star was having trouble with his serve and his backhand service return, among other things, and Howe (who is a fine squash player but not really in Bowditch's class in tennis) won many of his points on errors.

Bowditch pover managed to get his game working properly, but simply refused to be beaten, pulling out the match after going down 1-3 in the final set.

Top Singles Match

Number two singles provided the day's best tennis, as Paul Sullivan defeated Yale's Bob Hetherington, 6-4, 6-4. There were more clean winners hit in these two sets than in the three sets at number one. At number three, Crimson sophomore Dong Walter was the first man off the courts, with a 6-0, 6-0 victory over the massive Dinny Phipps. Phipps, a lumbering 250-pounder, couldn't cover the court fast enough, and Walter won without difficulty.

Yale picked up its first win at fourth singles, where Captain Steve Anderson beat Keith Martin, 6-3, 6-4. The Elis also scored at number five, as the varsity's Gary Adelman missed four match points at 5-3 in the second set, and lost, 2-4, 2-6, 6-1, to Carry Parry, Pete Smith, however, gave the varsity a 4-2 singles lead, defeating Tony Brooks, 6-3, 6-2, at number six.

The Crimson needed only one doubles match to clinch the win in Eastern League scoring and got the victory at number one, after Yale's Hetherington and Parry had taken the second doubles, 7-5, 6-1, from Walter and Martin. In the first doubles match, Bowditch and Sullivan won a fairly easy first set from Howe and Phipps, 6-2, breaking Howe in the first and last games.

In the second set, however, the Eil pair started off with two quick service breaks for a 3-0 advantage, which Bowditch and Sullivan made up by breaking Phipps in the fourth and eighth games. The match then followed service until Bowditch lost his service to give Howe and Phipps a 7-6 lead. Here the Crimson team staged an impressive closing rush, breaking Howe at love to come even and breaking Phipps, also at love, to take the match, 6-3, 9-7.

Other Scores

Singles: 7. Dave Moore (H) d. Steve MacKinnon, 5-7, 6-4, 9-7; 8. Charles Frank (Y) d. Mark Woodbury, 6-2, 7-5; 9. Kal Pollen (H) d. Bob Killabrew, 6-2, 6-2; 10. Chris Clark (H) d. Phil Spalding, 6-1, 6-2.

Doubles: 3. Adelman and Pollen (H) d. Brooks and MacKinnon, 12-7: 4. Anderson and Frank (Y) d. Smith and Woodbury, 6-2, 6-4; 5. Clark and John Roosevelt (H) d. Killabrew and Stu Ludlum, 6-2, 4-6, 7-5.

The Crimson freshmen closed an undefeated season by beating their Yale counterparts, 6 to 3

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