Story Courtesy of Princeton
PRINCETON, N.J. - A big effort across the board led the Princeton men's volleyball team to an important 3-1 home victory over Saint Francis Friday night at Dillon Gym. Not only did the victory help the Tigers continue climbing back into EIVA contention, but it also provided a big burst of momentum heading into an important Saturday night for both the past and present of the program.
Sophomore George Huhmann led Princeton with 14 kills, while classmate Greg Luck added 11 kills, to lead the Tigers to a 25-21, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20 win over the Red Flash. Princeton was balanced offensively, as five different starters had at least five kills, including an impressive seven-kill performance from freshman Jess Hunt. Parker Dixon had eight kills, six digs and four blocks, while freshman Joe Kelly paced the offense with 34 assists. Huhmann had one of his best defensive performances of the season with eight blocks (three solo), while both Kelly (13) and Luck (11) had double-digit digs.
Princeton improved to 2-4 in the EIVA with the win, and will now host reigning champion Penn State Saturday night at 7 pm. Princeton and Penn State played three times last season, including the EIVA semifinal, and the two regular-season matches were also memorable. Princeton held match ball in both contests — the 2017 Tigers were the first Princeton team to push Penn State to five sets in State College since 1998 — but Penn State fought them off both nights and managed five-set wins in both. The league semifinal was tight through the first half of the match, though Penn State was able to pull away en route to winning another EIVA title.
The night will also be important for Princeton, as it celebrates its 1998 EIVA championship team on the 20th anniversary of its trip to the NCAA Final Four. Part of the celebration will be the unveiling of both an EIVA title banner, as well as an NCAA Final Four banner. Admission is free in Dillon Gym — it's always the most packed Dillon crowd of the year — and the match will be streamed on the Ivy League Network.