The Harvard women's tennis team steamrolled to an 8-1 victory over Boston College yesterday at Palmer-Dixon Courts, thereby pounding another nail into the coffin tilled with all of its top Lastern opponents.
Ranked number one in the East the powerful Crimson (5-3, 1-0 Ivies) dominated a Golden Eagle squad that Harvard Coach Don Usher regards as fifth or sixth ranked.
Elizabeth Evans Harvard's ace and one of the top five singles players in the nation, begin the assault with a 6-3, 6-2 lambasting of Katte Molumsky.
The straight sets victory was even more impressive since Molumsky last year joined the ranks of the few women who have beaten Evans.
"It was a good performance," Usher said. "She beat a girl who's ranked in the top 50."
Kathy Vigna Erika Smith Cyndy Austrian, and Debbie Kaufman continued where Evans left off, winning their singles matches. Smith and Kaufman were overpowering, posting straight set victories.
After coming out of the singles matches with a 5-1 lead, the Crimson juggernaut slammed through the doubles competition without losing a set.
Smith and Vigna teamed at number one doubles for a devastating 6-0, 6-1 win.
The teams of Evans and Courtney Crockett and Kaufman and Roberta Hing rounded out Harvard's victorious doubles contingent.
"We're coming off some tough losses to top-10 teams and it's good to come back and establish ourselves as the number one team in the East," Austrain said.
The magnitude of the win is multiplied by the fact that Robin Boss, one of the Crimson's top players, did not compete for personal reasons.
Usher merely turned to his talented bench and replaced her with Beske in singles and Crockett in doubles.
"We're very deep. I wouldn't let a girl sit out if we weren't deep," Usher said. "On our spring trip, we won two out of three matches without our number one player Evans)."
Usher regards Boston College as at least on par with all of Harvard's Ivy competition except for Princeton.
Even the Tigers, however, should pose no threat it the netwomen Princeton has lost to UNC--whom Harvard finished in treat of in tournament play--and Virginia, whom Harvard has beater.