Story Courtesy of Princeton
FAIRFIELD, Conn. - Sophomore George Huhmann had already put together a career's worth of brilliant performances in his still-young Princeton career, but he had never had a night quite like the one he did Saturday in Fairfield, Conn. The reigning EIVA Newcomer of the Year posted a career-best 26 kills and 32.5 points to lead the Tigers to a hard-fought 3-1 win at Sacred Heart to move Princeton back to the .500 mark in EIVA play.
The win was not enough to clinch a postseason berth for the Tigers, but they remain in control of their own destiny going into the final weekend. One victory will clinch a spot in the EIVA playoffs (April 19-21), as would one loss by Charleston in the final weekend of the season. Princeton makes it was to both Penn State and Saint Francis next weekend, while Charleston will host Sacred Heart for a pair of matches. Charleston is 4-8, two matches back of Princeton, but if the two teams tied at 6-8 in the final standings, Charleston would advance due to sweeping the season series.
Princeton gave itself an important insurance match Saturday by winning a pair of tight sets (25-23 in the first, 27-25 in the fifth) and going to the red-hot Huhmann time and again. The sophomore opposite hit an astounding .465 on 43 swings and added nine blocks, three digs and a service ace in the win. Classmate Parker Dixon added eight kills and six blocks, while Junior Oboh had six blocks, five kills and hit .571 in the win.
Freshman setter Joe Kelly, who deserves a lot of credit for his continued improvement after the team's rocky start, had 40 assists and helped the offense hit .317 for the match. Sophomore Greg Luck led the team with seven digs, while both Mike Fuerst and Cade Keegan added four apiece.