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By Robert W. Gerlach

"Everyone pretty well crushed his opponent," captain Larry Terrell said of the squash team's 9-0 trouncing of Cornell on the Hemenway courts Saturday. The victory was the Crimson's second straight of the young season and the first win in Ivy competition.

Cornell has finished 0-5 in the Ivy League the past two years and this season looks just as bleak. The Big Red lost six starters through graduation, including number one man, Bill St. John, once rated sixth in the nation. Without St. John Cornell is in a "rebuilding year."

Harvard had little trouble gaining its fifteenth straight victory over Cornell. All nine Crimson players swept their matches in three games. "When you don't lose a single game, you can pretty easily assume one team crushed the other," Terrell said. At number one, Terrell dominated his match with Dave Tepper, 15-7, 15-8, 15-11.

The most one-sided victories came at the middle positions. Sophomore Dave Fish virtually demolished his opponent, Beill Durbin, 15-5, 15-2, 15-5, at number six. The Crimson's other sophomore starter, Paul Brown, triumphed 15-10, 15-4, 15-4, and Jaime Gonzales relinquished only 21 points in his three game match at number eight with Arnold Resnick.

The closest match of the contest still was never in doubt for Harvard. Ed At-wood won all three of his games at number five but was pushed to 15-10, 15-10, 15-11 scores. Fritz Hobbs, Fernando Gonzales, John Ince, and Pete Abrams registered routine victories.

Despite the margin of victory. Terrell felt the team's future hopes were still uncertain. "It's very hard to tell how good a team we have this early in the season," Terrell said, "Cornell didn't press any of the players very hard, and when you're not pressured, you can't estimate your potential."

The squash team now has a ten-day break until its next match against Army on Dec. 17. The well-conditioned Cadets always present a challenge to Harvard, especially at West Point. Army is one of the few teams that uses a seamless ball, and coach Jack Barnaby will have the Crimson practicing with this different ball in the next few days.

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