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Harvard's tennis team, still jubilant at its unexpectedly one-sided victory over Dartmouth on Saturday, goes on to face Williams away today.
The Crimson is slightly favored in the match despite Williams' win over Army earlier this year.
"We could lose-home courts are a great leveler, and we're driving out there, which isn't going to help any-but I think we should win in a close match," coach Jack Barnaby said yesterday.
The team will be using the same lineup as in Saturday's match, when it won the first five singles matches in straight sets to build a 7-2 rout.
Sophomore Harris Masterson, whose conservative but successful play Saturday brought him his fourth win in nine matches, will again lead the squad.
Ken Lindner, also a sophomore, will play second singles, followed by John Inguard, Tom Loring, Randy Bennet, and Chris Nielson.
Masterson and Lindner will also play first doubles.
Since Williams is not a member of the Eastern Intercollegiate Tennis Association, today's match will not affect Harvard's EITA record of two wins and two losses, but it could extend the Crimson's winning streak to three and completely dispel any gloom remaining after the team's first weekend, when it lost to both Columbia and Princeton.
Those losses-which Nielson called "aesthetically traumatic" and which ended Harvard's hopes for an EITA championship-were partly counterbalanced by the Crimson's 7-2 win at Brown last Tuesday and Saturday's victory.
"The team as a whole is playing pretty well now," Lindner said yesterday. I think we're starting to recoup from that first disastrous weekend. I think it's finally starting to jell. We could win fairly handily."
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