After getting off to a slow start and losing the first set 6-1, Blake took control of the net and won the second set 6-2. Blake and his Army opponent, Rick Michalski, traded service breaks late in the third set to even the stanza at 6-6.
Blake dominated the tie-breaker, however 7-1--earning him the win and securing the Crimson's victory.
Valkin added to the margin of victory with a 7-6, 3-6, 6-4, win at fourth singles. And the sixth singles, Murray, who was also making his first varsity singles start, put away his opponent 6-4, 7-5.
The only set-back for the Crimson came at first singles where Meringoff dropped a 6-1, 6-4, decision to Cadet Marco Coen.
"I had trouble finding my stroke," Meringoff said. "I was very disappointed in myself."
Despite the loss at first singles, the Crimson performance doesn't bode well for other EIWA opponents.
"We have a really deep team," Hernandez Ore said. "It doesn't matter if our top three guys don't play because we have really good players below that."
"We're pretty happy with our win," Murray said. "We have some big matches coming up so this gives us a bit of confidence."
The Crimson has a two-week layoff before it heads to California over Spring Break--a trip that will give Harvard a chance to test its mettle against the best teams in the country.