If all those people with close-cropped blond hair bad not been wearing their purple and gold jumpsuits at Hemenway yesterday, you might not have realized a squash match was taking place. You also might not have realized the Crimson was racking up another routine victory, this time a 8-1 trouncing of the Ephmen of Williams.
Indeed, the matels represented little more than a mid-winter picnic for the racquetmen. Most of the team members played one slot above their regular positions as coach Dave Fish let top starter Brad Desaulniers spend the afternoon practicing for the upcoming Princeton match with someone who can give him a bonafide workout--former Crimson star Anil Nayar.
Even playing in the higher position, the racquetmen had no difficulty with a Williams team which has four freshmen in its lineup.
Team captain Clark Bain's business-as-usual disposal of Kenny Miller in the fourth position match by scores of 15-13, 15-8 and 15-8 illustrated the case of the Crimson victory. Bain controlled the play completely, using an array of well-placed crosscourt shots and consistently maneuvering Miller forward and then passing him.
"I was playing really well," said Bain. "I was working today on keeping the concentration high for the Princeton match."
Subbing for Desaulniers in the number one slot, Mitch Reese also dispatched his opponent. Greg Zaff, with case. Reese finessed the Williams slugger with 15-11 and 15-12 victories, then fought off a late challenge and took the last game 18-15.
"I thought I played all right," said Reese after the bout. "He was fast and he hit hard, but he is only a freshman and he lacked experience in waiting on his shots and placement."
The lone Crimson defeat came in the sixth position when Chris Gabrieli dropped three straight to Ephman Philip Adams. Gabrieli simply had a bad day as his pimble-footed opponent shagged every one of his blasts.
When the afternoon's jaunt through the talents of Williamstown, Mass., ended, Dave Fish was satisfied. But this Saturday's match with Princeton was undoubtedly the most pressing thing on his mind. "My team is pretty confident," Fish said, but he added that, unlike in the Williams match, no one will walk away with all the apples when it is over.