Harvard Faces to Watch

Here are the key players to watch on the '78 Harvard tennis scene: NUMBER 1, TODD LUNDY. "Rock-like," is how coach Dave Fish describes his senior captain...Lundy has played consistently at the two-spot since his freshman year, before moving up this season...known by teammates as (1) "The Doctor," for steady, surgical style of play, or (2) "The Proprietor of Lundy Lounge" (Palmer Dixon), for his long hours of practice there and his strong record on the home surface...has a very dependable style and possesses all the shots, though serve return is his best...won Pennsylvania high school title two years straight...could have trouble against extremely talented opposition this year.

NUMBER 2, DON POMPAN. Lively freshman from Encino, California...very quick on his feet, plays an attacking game with forehand his best shot...capable of playing brilliant tennis at any given time, though not always consistent...his game improved greatly over the winter, but needs more experience according to Fish...went 1-3 on southern trip, including a well-played, three-set loss at Georgia, before injuring ankle...ankle must heal completely, and soon, if Crimson is to have a realistic shot at winning the Eastern League crown...likely candidate to play number one for Crimson in future years.

NUMBER 3, SCOTT WALKER. Probably the most intense competitor on the squad, played three on the varsity most of last season after starring on the freshman team the year before that...takes the ball on the rise from the backcourt, putting pressure on the other player, but occasionally leading to inconsistency...serve is the weakest link in an otherwise outstanding game...volleys well, also hits strong forehand and return of serve...old nemesis, inconsistency, gripped him on southern trip, where he went went 1-4...hails from San Antonio, Texas...has shaved facial hair from last season, when bright red beard made him heartthrob of Crimson female fans.

NUMBER 4, ANDY CHAIKOVSKY. Junior and three-year starter, Chaikovsky has improved most of any player on the team this year, according to Fish...strong serve-and-volley player despite being shortest at 5 ft., 6 3/4 in...generates great power on serve, although discrepancy between first and second serves hurts his shot is backhand...played well on spring trip, registering 3-2 mark...was ranked number two in New England 18-and-unders, and was voted best sportsman in N.E. juniors...has won "Ukranian Open" in Catskill Mountains last two years...nicknamed "Chai," "Chaik," or "Chavatz."

NUMBER 5 or 6, GREG KIRSCH. Sophomore from Auburndale, cracked into varsity lineup for first time at tail end of '77 schedule...played extremely well on southern trip, finished experienced clay-court player, Kirsch has made himself into a strong all-surface player...has a very solid, consistent game, if not too flashy...has no glaring weaknesses, with strong groundstrokes and volleys, and a good kick-serve...a smart doubles player, and match-tough in both singles and doubles from long years of competition...of Czechoslovakian descent, joints Chaikovsky as second Slavic member of team.


NUMBER 5 or 6, KEVIN SHAW. Junior and three-year starter, has one of best serves on squad, known as the "blue racer"...tallest member of team, appropriately nicknamed "Highpockets" or "Stork"...keyed 5-4 upset over Princeton freshman year with a straight-set victory at number four over current Tiger co-captain Jon Gross; Harvard tied for the league title with that doubles player, good volleyer, better in singles with improved groundstrokes this year...terror in Palmer-Dixon...key to game is return of serve, since he holds serve well...won Ohio state doubles championship as schoolboy.

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH: Fish and Lundy are both very bright on Bob Horn, a freshman from Wheeling, W. Va. and today's substitite at number-six. Juniors John Fishwick, Al Bunis and Dick Arnos trail Horn on the ladder.