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The Harvard freshman squash team faced two matches yesterday. Unfortunately for the Crimson, its first opponents, the Williams J. V., had only one match scheduled. The Ephmen bounced the freshmen off the walls of the Hemenway courts, 6-3.
The freshmen were hurrying to make an exhibition in a state recreational league in Milton. The resulting lack of concentration and good play by the visitors sent the Crimson to its first loss of the season after three victories.
Williams clinched the match when seventh-ranked Eric Pyenson beat Steve Winthrop, three games to one. Winthrop battled to win the first game, 16-14. The second game sounded like the Linden Street squash courts during an intramural B-league match.
Winthrop grew vocally self-critical as his opponent caused him to force his shots. Winthrop also did not want to miss his ride to Milton. After losing his poise, Winthrop lost the next three games, 15-8, 16-14, and 15-10.
First man John Stubbs did not worry about lateness for the next match. He methodically disposed of senior Mark Urken, 15-7, 15-7, 15-6. Without bothering to remove his sweats, the freshman kept his older opponent off balance, strategically placing his shots. Stubbs coolly watched his harried foe's frustrated charges into the walls to dig out unreturnable shots.
Williams' muscular Jon Saunders overpowered third-ranked Adam Clark on the next court, slamming his shots directly off the front wall. Clark lost, vainly lunging for a shot drilled down the side wall into the corner.
Odd-ranked matches are played first in squash so the courts were empty when number two man Clark Bain deftly won, 3-0. Any squash player would appreciate his successful mixture of lob, cross court, and slam shots. Too bad most of them were on their way to Milton.
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