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The Eastern League and Big Three tennis championships will probably be decided tomorrow afternoon at Princeton, as Harvard and Princeton meet in the best and most important match of the season. Both teams are undefeated in regular season play.
The Tigers, with almost everyone returning from last year's top-notch team, are considered a slight favorite in tomorrow's contest. But Crimson hopes are justifiably high.
Coach Jack Barnaby's men have defeated Dartmouth, the third contender for Eastern League honors, and Williams, the leading Eastern independent, while the Tigers have been toying with lesser opponents like Army, Georgetown and Middlebury. The match ought to be close and very tough.
Last year's Harvard-Princeton match was rained out and since almost no one remains from the 1959 Tiger squad, it is difficult to compare past performances. Princeton's number two man, Captain Tom Richardson, lost to Bob Bowditch in two easy sets while playing in the same position two years ago.
Tomorrow Richardson will play Crimson sophomore Paul Sullivan, while Bowditch--who han't lost since taking over the number one spot for the Amherst match--faces Princeton junior Drayton Nabers.
At third singles, the Crimson's Doug Walter, an unbeaten sophomore, will play Dick Baldwin, while captain Pete Smith meets Tiger junior Dick Williams at number four. Keith Martin and Gary Adelman will oppose Princeton's Tony Thompson and Harold German at fifth and sixth singles, respectively.
Doubles May Be Decisive
In the doubles, which may well decide the match, the unbeaten Crimson team of Bowditch and Sullivan will face Nabers and Baldwin. Comparative scores against Army, when Bowditch and Sullivan won in straight sets while the Princeton pair dropped a set, make the Crimson team a slight favorite.
Smith and Bob Schwartzman, who lost to the Williams duo of Clyde Buck and Bruce Brian Wednesday, will play at number two for the varsity, while Walter and Martin fill the third slot.
Because the Eastern League requires only six singles and three doubles, the last four singles and two doubles count only for Big Three purposes. Schwartzman, Dave Moore, Kal Pollen, and John Bradbury will fill the seventh through tenth singles positions for the Crimson. Adelman and Mark Woodbury will play fourth doubles, with Chris Clark and John Roosevelt at number five.
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