After an exciting conclusion to the 2012 season and the return of several All-East performers, the men's volleyball team has high aspirations for the 2013 season. Head coach Sam Shweisky is hopeful that his talented pair of newcomers in the Class of 2016 can make their own impact on the upcoming season.
Incoming freshman Zach Shaw and Devin Stearns will join the volleyball program this fall, and Shweisky is excited to see how they integrate with a deep returning roster. The 2013 program will include two returning First-Team All-East players (Michael Dye, Cody Kessel), as well as two former EIVA Newcomers of the Year (Kessel and Pat Schwagler). The team also has four returning starters in Tony Ensbury, Will Siroky, Jeff Stapleton and Davis Waddell, each of whom has at least two years of eligibilty remaining.
"We're working hard to build a program with both depth at all positions, and I feel confident that Zach and Devin are going to be a big part of that development," Shweisky said. "They both come in with strong credentials, and they are both hard-working, energetic players who I believe will make a positive impact on Princeton volleyball in both the present and future."
Here are the bios for both incoming players:
6-4 • OH • Wexford, Pa.
Before Princeton — led North Allegheny to two WPIAL championships; team finished as state runner-up during his senior season … earned all-state honors … WPIAL Class AAA Player of the Year … invited to A3 High Performance Camp … served as North Allegheny captain senior season; three-time club team captain … National Merit Scholarship finalist … Yale Book Award recipient … Scholars Banquet invitee … National Spanish Exam Gold.
Personal — born Feb. 2, 1994 … son of Daniel and Ann Shaw … father is the chair of the psychology department at the University of Pittsburgh; mother is a psychologist … father played club volleyball at Oberlin College … has an older sister Alyssa and a younger brother Josh … enjoys playing the French horn, composing and reading philosophy books.
6-5 • OH • Los Altos, Calif.
Before Princeton — named to the all-tournament team at the Open Division of the 2012 USA Junior Nationals; led team to bronze medal … led Mountain View to league titles, including one as a senior; team set a program record with 31 victories … also led team to bronze medal at 2011 Junior Nationals Open Division … led club program to pair of Far Western Bid Tournament titles and several other finals … named 2012 De Anza League MVP and both Sophomore of the Year (2010) and Junior of the Year (2011) … two-time team MVP … 2012 team captain … two-time first-team All-Central Coast Section … two-time all-tournament selection for the Bellarmine Invitational … all-time kills leader at Mountain View; set Central Coast Section record with 14 kills in a single game … four-time scholar-athlete honoree … four-time junior beach tournament winner.
Personal — born Nov. 1, 1993 … son of Daniel Stearns and Carol Lobitz-Stearns … mother played college volleyball at Cal Lutheran … father is a physicist; mother is a physical therapist … has two younger brothers, Connor and Colton … enjoys hiking and playing the guitar … may study Economics at Princeton.