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38 Days, 38 Sports: Men's Volleyball

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 08/30/2013
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As a countdown to the start of the 2013-14 athletic schedule, GoPrincetonTigers.com will take a look at each of Princeton's 38 sports. The final entry in the series comes today, as we look at the Princeton men's volleyball team.

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Sam Shweisky
• Fifth season
• Named EIVA Head Coach of the Year after his first season
• Led Princeton to 2010 EIVA championship game, the Tigers' first appearance in the finals since 1998
• Has guided Princeton to the EIVA postseason each of the last two years, as well as three of the last four years
• Also serves as assistant coach of the women's team


 Princeton Men's Volleyball • Ten Fast Facts

1) Men’s volleyball attained full varsity status in 1997. Prior to that season, the program had been a strong club team in the EIVA.

2) In its second season as a varsity program, Princeton won the EIVA (1998) and reached the NCAA Championships. Since then, Penn State has won every EIVA championship. Princeton defeated Penn State in the semifinal, and followed with a win over Rutgers-Newark in the final.

3) Glenn Nelson became the first NCAA Division I men’s volleyball coach in history to take two teams to the NCAA tournament in the same school year (Nelson led the Princeton women’s team to the NCAA first round in 1997). He won more than 500 matches as the men's coach, including its time as a club program.

4) Derek Devens ‘98 became just the second player in school history to earn All America honors in 1997 after leading the nation in hitting percentage (Marin Gjaja ‘91 was the other player).

5) Glenn Nelson was elected to the EIVA Hall of Fame this past season. He was honored during the league's championship weekend at Penn State.

6) Sam Shweisky was introduced as the second head coach of Princeton men’s volleyball in 2009. In his first year as head coach, he led the Tigers to the EIVA finals and was named the EIVA Bob Sweeney Head Coach of the Year.

7) Last season, more than 900 people crowded into Dillon Gym to watch the men's volleyball team host Penn State in an exciting four-set showdown. It was the largest crowd to watch a volleyball match in Dillon Gym in more than a decade.

8) Princeton will return a pair of first-team All-EIVA performers this season in senior outside hitter Pat Schwagler and junior opposite Cody Kessel. Schwagler led the EIVA in points per set last season, while Kessel battled through early injuries and played his best late in the year.

9) Junior libero Tony Ensbury returned to the U.S.A. Men's Junior National Volleyball Team this summer. He led the U.S. to the medal round at the FIVB Volleyball Men’s Under-21 World Championship in Turkey.

10) Princeton returns six of seven starters this season from a team that reached the EIVA playoffs last year, and also has two incoming freshmen who were ranked in the 2013 Boys Fab 50 by Volleyball Magazine.

 Princeton Men's Volleyball • Five To Watch
Ensbury Kessel Schwagler Siroky Waddell
Junior Tony Ensbury has been the starting libero since his freshman season, and is in his second summer on the U.S. men's junior national team. Junior opposite Cody Kessel was the 2012 Newcomer of the Year and has been an EIVA First-Team selection in both of his first two seasons.
Senior Pat Schwagler, a 2013 first-team all-league honoree, is a former EIVA Newcomer of the Year and the reigning league leader in points. Junior Will Siroky will be in his third season as a starting middle during 2014. He ranked in the EIVA Top 5 in blocks last season (1.06 per set). Senior Davis Waddell started at setter last season after spending time as both a starting opposite and outside hitter in his first two seasons.

July 10 - Baseball
July 11 - Field Hockey
July 12 - Football
July 15 - Women's Tennis
July 16 - Men's Heavyweight Crew
July 17 - Women's Basketball
July 18 - Men's Outdoor Track
July 19 - Women's Open Crew
July 22 - Men's Lacrosse
July 23 - Women's Squash
July 24 - Men's Golf
July 25 - Women's Volleyball
July 26 - Men's Basketball
July 29 - Women's Lacrosse
July 30 - Men's Hockey
July 31 - Women's Swimming
Aug. 1 - Men's Tennis
Aug. 2 - Women's Cross Country
Aug. 5 - Wrestling
Aug. 6 - Women's Indoor Track
Aug. 7 - Men's Cross Country
Aug. 8 - Women's Outdoor Track
Aug. 9 - Men's Swimming
Aug. 12 - Women's Hockey
Aug. 13 - Men's Lightweight Crew
Aug. 14 - Women's Soccer
Aug. 15 - Men's Indoor Track
Aug. 16 - Softball
Aug. 19 - Men's Fencing
Aug. 20 - Women's Fencing
Aug. 21 - Sprint Football 
Aug. 22 - Women's Golf
Aug. 23 - Men's Squash
Aug. 26 - Women's Water Polo
Aug. 27 - Men's Soccer
Aug. 28 - Women's Lightweight Rowing
Aug. 29 - Men's Water Polo
Aug. 30 - Men's Volleyball







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