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The Crimson squash team, losing only 1 of 28 individual games, coasted to its third straight shutout of the season Saturday afternoon as it toyed with Williams, 9-0, before a crowd of about 100 at Hemenway Gymnasium.

The mismatch was Harvard's soundest thrashing of the year, with the Williams racquetmen reaching double figures just ten times in the 28 15-point rounds.

The Crimson, favored to repeat as national champions for the tenth time in 12 years, tenaciously anchored the center of the court in each match while playing the aggressive but conservative style of squash which has been the trademark of Harvard squads under 33rd-year coach Jack Barnsby.


Captain Peter Briggs was unmovable from the center as he nonchalantly blew Ephmen captain Bill Simon off the court in the top match, 15-4, 15-8, and 15-8. The southpaw intercollegiate champ put on a show running the Williams captain all over the floor and dazzling the crowd with behind-the-back and through the legs returns of Simon's best shots.

Second man Andy Wiegand picked up the slaughter where Briggs left off, cooly blasting Charlie Keiler in three straight games, 15-10, 15-10, and 15-10.

Williams coach Sean Sloan predicted before the contest that his team's best chances to win a match were in the fifth man division, but Rob Sedgwick sauffed out that hope for the Ephmen, annihilating sophomore Don Cooke, 15-7, 15-12, and 15-8.

Sixth men Archie Gwathmy played his strongest match of the year, crushing Bill Eyre with case, 15-6, 15-8, and 15-5.

The Crimson's only blemish was when sophomore ninth men Dick Cashim dropped a second round game to Stuart Brown, 10-15, but Cashin fought back to win in four games.

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