In a style that by now is simply routine, the Harvard women's squash team trekked up to New Hampshire Saturday and did its usual job of annihilating the opposition, this time sweeping Dartmouth 7-0 for the second time in a month.
The victory closes out a 15-1 season, which has included the intercollegiate championship and a share of the Ivy League title with Princeton for the racquetwomen.
To give some indication of the Crimson's dominance, the Dartmouth match was closer than had been expected. Only two Harvard players, number-one Mary Hulbert and number-three Lisa Harrison, were able to triumph in the minimum three games, representing in the minimum three games, representing a marked improvement for Dartmouth since their loss to the racquetwomen in the howe Cup championships February 6.
"Dartmouth played a very hard-hitting game and caught us by surprise initially." Harvard Assistant Coach Pris Pool said yesterday. Finding their finesse style of play neutralized by the Big Green's power-hitting, the visiting team adjusted anyway and managed to take most individual matches in four games.
Playing at number two, Jackie Corrigan had the toughest match for the racquetwomen, going the distance against Dartmouth's Lita Remsen before winning the fifth game, 15-13. The victory followed on the heels of a five-game loss to Penn's Karen Kelso the day before, when Corrigan played superbly but came up just short against the third-ranked college players.
Moving up from the J.V. ranks, Josie Iselin. Betsy Howe and Marty Ashley each triumphed in four games for the Crimson in the fifth sixth and seventh slots. The new faces filled the gaping hole left by injured racquetwomen Diana Staley (usually number tow), Laura Kaye (number four) and Courtney Stimpson (number six).
In more lopsided contests, Harvard's Hulbert and Harrison each devastated their opponents. The Crimson ace gave up only 19 points to Dartmouth's Kathy Hoes, and Harrison regained the top form that has been missing from her game recently, destroying Julie Lane, 15-3, 15-6, 15-8.
In three additional matches played Saturday among J.V. players, racquetwomen Ginny Bain and Lisa Henriques overcame their Dartmouth rivals which Sarah Alexander, who doubles as the varsity manager, dropped a three-game match to Leslie Subak.
THE NOTEBOOK: Despite the season's end, four racquetwomen will continue to practice in preparation for the individual intercollegiate championships which Harvard will host this weekend.