The Cadet netmen journeyed from West Point, N.Y., to Cambridge yesterday, hoping to humiliate Harvard on its home territory. The Crimson disappointed them, however, with a 13-0 trouncing, upping its EITA record to 4-2 at the Army's expense.
Harvard entertained no doubts about the outcome after the singles matches got underway. Army boasted only one strong player, Jim Armstrong from southern California, who took Harvard's top man, Ken Lindner, to three sets before losing, 7-6, 6-7, 6-4, in a two-and-one-half hour marathon.
Lindner won the first set, 7-6, after being down, 3-1, in the tie-breaker. In the second set the Harvard senior fought off four match points, tying Armstrong, 6-6, and rallying from 3-0 to 4-4 in the tie-breaker, before falling during the decisive point to lose the set.
Both players broke serve early in the final set, and then Lindner jumped out to a 5-2 lead. Armstrong took the next two games but could not hold serve when down, 5-4, and Lindner went on to victory.
Harvard swept the remaining eight singles matches with ease. John Ingard demolished Kurt Andrews, 6-2, 6-2, in the second singles contest, Gary Reiner crushed Zach Smith, 6-2, 6-1, in the third singles bout, and Chip Baird, in the fourth slot, smashed Brian Smith, 6-0, 6-2.
Freshman John Horn quickly disposed of Army's Chris Lai, 6-2, 6-1, while Hugh Hyde, in the sixth singles position, downed Dan Hubbard, 6-3, 6-3. Charlie Krusen, Sandy Wilson and Jim Levy together gave up only seven games in their one-sided matches.
Krusen and Hyde teamed together at third doubles, downing Andrews and Hubbard, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, in the only close contest of the four doubles matches.
The Crimson hosts Cornell today in another league match at 2 p.m. on the Soldiers Field courts. The Big Red currently stands 1-4, excluding yesterday's match against Dartmouth, with the one win coming over Rochester.