Tiger Players, Coaches Play Key Roles In Winning USA Volleyball Open Champs
Six members of the Princeton men's volleyball program recently took part in the first wave of the USA Volleyball Open National Championships, that were held in Salt Lake City, Utah. Four of them — players and coaches — were part of championship efforts.
Rising sophomores Tony Ensbury and Will Siroky played for Lights Out (Great Lakes), which entered the tournament as the fifth seed and ultimately captured the Men’s Open Division. Lights Out played Paul Mitchell in the double-elimination gold medal final, and it came down to a golden set; Siroky and Ensbury helped Lights Out to a 25-23 win.
One of the teams Lights Out defeated along the way was Legion VBC, which included senior 2012 All-East First Team selection Michael Dye and former EIVA Newcomer of the Year Pat Schwagler, who will be a junior this season. Both will be trying to get Princeton back to the EIVA championship match, which they both played in during the 2010 postseason.
"I am so excited that Will, Tony, Pat, Dye, and Cody (he is playing in the AA division starting this week) were able to experience USAV Open Nationals," head coach Sam Shweisky said. "The level of volleyball is so high that all of them had such a great opportunity to grow and improve playing with such high-caliber players. For Will and Tony's team to win the men's open division is so exciting. I am so proud of all of these guys."
Shweisky and assistant coach Mike Vajo were assistant coaches for Hoosier Exterminators, which came into the weekend as the top seed and topped Iowa Ice 3-1 to win its championship.
"Since 2005 when I started coaching with the Exterminators, head coach Steve Warren has given me such an amazing opportunity to be a part of his prolific program," Shweisky said. "Steve has had an open women's team entered in Adult Nationals since the early 1990s, and it has won the event in 1998, 2003, 2006 and now won the PVL version in 2012. Steve is an amazing philanthropist who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and countless hours of his time over the past 20 years to create opportunities for young women to play this amazing sport. Steve has been an outstanding mentor to me over the past 8 years and my coaching career has flourished over the pas 8 years much in part due to my affiliation with the Exterminators. I cannot thank Steve enough for what he has done for me personally and professionally.
"I am so glad that Coach Vajo was able to join us this year, as his presence was instrumental in our championship run," Shweisky added. "The development that both players and coaches received this past week in Salt Lake City, Utah was invaluable for the future of Princeton Volleyball."
Both Shweisky and reigning EIVA Newcomer of the Year Cody Kessel will soon head to Japan for the Asian Pacific Cup.