Crimson squash team captain and number one man Peter Briggs will lead the undefeated raquetmen against Penn today in an all-important match for Harvard.
Briggs pulled a groin muscle in tournament play at Princeton last Saturday and his status had been in doubt as late as Wednesday evening.
Thursday Briggs decided to make the trip to Philadelphia where the Crimson will attempt to down the undefeated Quakers.
National champion Briggs will play at number one opposite Joe Swain. Both players have won all their matches this season and Swain is looking to upset Briggs.
The match should go to Briggs, assuming that his injury of last week does not hamper his game. But if Briggs should lose the Crimson could have troubles.
Number two man Andy Wiegand should be able to handle his opponent easily but Glen Whitman will meet undefeated Chris Sadowski in a crucial match at the three spot.
Harvard's Neil Vosters is heavily favored at four while Rob Sedgwick and Peter Blasier will have tough matches with undefeated Quaker's Tom Peck and Sandy Groff at five and six.
The Crimson should win today. It downed Navy and Princeton by better margins than Penn did and have dropped only three matches this year.
Only if Penn took all the close matches and upset Briggs and someone else could it pull off what would be the biggest upset this year.
Coach Jack Barnaby said Thursday night that he was "cautiously optimistic" about prospects for a win over Penn and very glad Briggs is going.