To win, it was said, No. 1-seeded Dave Harkness would have to play near flawless tennis. He won.
In the finals of the Rolex/Intercollegiate Tennis Championships, the BYU senior beat Lee Galaway of Boise State, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0). Galaway was ranked alphabetically in a group between nine and 16.Harkness returned to the courts a short time later with teammate Johnny Mattice and came within a point of repeating the score. The two beat another BYU team, George Chingas and Sean Morrison, 6-3, 7-6 (7-1).
Going into the finals, it was felt that to beat a player like Galaway, a counter puncher who does not make many mistakes during a match, Harkness would have to play a near error-free game. It didn't start out that way.
Harkness started out a little tentatively and found that Galaway had break point on Harkness's service. Doing nothing fancy, Galaway simply placed his returns well and waited for Harkness to make the mistakes.
The big difference was that Harkness played the big points well. In the first game he held, then broke in the eighth game to go up 5-3. He then held his service for the set.
In the second, Galaway broke to go up 3-1, but Harkness broke back at love to fall back on service. The two then held to 6-all.
In the tie breaker Harkness played flawlessly. He didn't make one unforced error and served especially well to clinch the match.
By making the finals, both players earned invitations to the National Indoor Championships in February. BYU will also send its two doubles teams into the national event.