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Men's Volleyball Opens 2014 Home Schedule With IPFW, No. 15 Ball State

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/06/2014
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Tony Ensbury and the Princeton men's volleyball team will host IPFW and Ball State this weekend.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

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The Princeton men's volleyball team will open its home schedule this weekend when it takes on both the IPFW Mastodons and the 15th-ranked Ball State Cardinals in a pair of night matches.

Princeton started off its season with it annual California trip, and it dropped matches to both Cal-Baptist (3-0) and NAIA champion Concordia (3-2). Despite the losses, there were several positives for Princeton, including the play of two underclassmen. Sophomore Devin Stearns looks like he is ready to take a step forward after a strong freshman year, as he averaged 3.3 kills and hit .420 for the weekend.

Freshman Junior Oboh, the lone new starter in the Princeton lineup, led the Tigers in blocks and hit .400 during the two matches. He averaged just under two kills per set as the replacement for All-East middle Michael Dye.

Senior Pat Schwagler, a 2013 first-team All-EIVA honoree, led the Tigers with 3.6 kills per set, while junior Tony Ensbury paced the defense with 2.9 digs per set.

IPFW, which had been nationally ranked earlier this season, is 3-2 on the season, including a win over Cal-Baptist and another against Saint Francis, an EIVA program. Ball State, which is taking a tour of the EIVA early this season, is 3-3 and coming off a 3-2 win over IPFW. Two of Ball State's losses this season are to EIVA squads Saint Francis and Penn State, and the Cardinals will begin their weekend taking on George Mason Friday night.

Following this weekend, Princeton will open EIVA play with road matches at both Harvard and Sacred Heart.

 

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Friday
M. Volleyball
vs. BYU
- 7:00 PM
February
19
Friday
M. Volleyball
at Saint Francis
- 7:00 PM
February
20
Saturday
M. Volleyball
at Penn State
- 4:00 PM
February
26
Friday
M. Volleyball
vs. Harvard
- 7:00 PM
February
27
Saturday
M. Volleyball
vs. Sacred Heart
- 4:00 PM
March
04
Friday
M. Volleyball
vs. McKendree
- 7:00 PM
March
05
Saturday
M. Volleyball
vs. George Mason
- 7:00 PM
March
14
Monday
M. Volleyball
at Loyola-Chicago
- 7:00 PM
March
16
Wednesday
M. Volleyball
at Lewis
- 7:00 PM
March
22
Tuesday
M. Volleyball
vs. NJIT
- 7:00 PM
March
25
Friday
M. Volleyball
at NJIT
- 7:00 PM
April
01
Friday
M. Volleyball
vs. Penn State
- 7:00 PM
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02
Saturday
M. Volleyball
vs. Saint Francis
- 4:00 PM
April
09
Saturday
M. Volleyball
at George Mason
- 7:00 PM
April
15
Friday
M. Volleyball
at Harvard
- 7:00 PM
April
16
Saturday
M. Volleyball
at Sacred Heart
- 4:00 PM
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21
Thursday
M. Volleyball
vs. EIVA Championships
- TBA
April
30
Saturday
M. Volleyball
vs. NCAA Play-In Game
- TBA
May
05
Thursday
M. Volleyball
vs. NCAA Championships
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