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Princeton Blocks NJIT Rally, Opens Home-And-Home With 3-2 Win

Princeton Blocks NJIT Rally, Opens Home-And-Home With 3-2 Win

Story Courtesy of Princeton

PRINCETON, N.J. - Trailing 12-11 in the fifth set, NJIT took three big swings looking to reclaim the serve and get itself back into the match.

The results were the same for a Princeton team that has come together to climb out of an early 0-4 hole to open EIVA play: block, block, block. Victory.

Three straight blocks closed out a 3-2 comeback win for the Tigers, who are now tied with Charleston for fourth place in the EIVA at the midway point of the season. They will have a chance to move into fourth alone Saturday night, as they travel to Newark Saturday for a 7 pm rematch against the Highlanders.

Sophomore George Huhmann, coming off a sweep of EIVA Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, was spectacular once again for Princeton, which has now won four straight matches. He matched his career high in kills — set last weekend in the 3-2 win over Penn State — with 24, and he added four kills and four digs in the win. Huhmann wasn't alone in this one; the trio of sophomore starters posted an incredible 57 of the Tigers' 61 kills in the match. Greg Luck had 17 and hit .412 for the match, while Parker Dixon had 16 kills and hit .351. As a team, the Tigers hit .331, thanks in large part to a career-high 53 assists from freshman setter Joe Kelly.

Princeton had a 17-7 advantage in blocks, with both Dixon and Junior Oboh recording seven apiece, while Trey Sickler came off the bench and added six blocks. Libero Corry Short led all players with 16 digs, while Luck recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 10 digs.