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Cody Kessel Caps Successful Season With Program's Third All-America Honor

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 04/29/2014
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Junior Cody Kessel earned All-America honors at opposite this season.
Courtesy: Noel Valero

Junior Cody Kessel capped one of the most successful seasons in the history of Princeton men’s volleyball by earning his first AVCA All-America honor. The three-year starting opposite earned AVCA Division I-II Honorable Mention, making him only the third Princeton men’s volleyball player to earn All-America honors.

Kessel ranked in the Top 25 nationally in kills (3.52) and in the Top 30 in points (4.04) per set this season, and he led Princeton to its fourth EIVA championship match. A 2014 EIVA all-tournament team selection, Kessel recorded double-digit kills in 20 of his 23 starts, including each of his last six matches.

In Saturday’s EIVA championship match at Penn State, Kessel recorded 12 kills with only two errors and added six digs and two blocks in the tight 3-0 loss.

“I am so proud of Cody Kessel for being selected to the AVCA All-America team,” head coach Sam Shweisky said of the two-time EIVA Offensive Player of the Week. “To join Princeton legends Marin Gjaja ’91 and Derek Devens ’98 is a huge honor for Cody and for the program.

“Cody works so hard and pushes himself every day in training to be better and to make the team better,” Shweisky added. “His humility makes him an easy person to root for on and off the court. I am very excited to see what his senior season will bring.”

Both Kessel and junior libero Tony Ensbury were named to the All-EIVA First Team, while senior Pat Schwagler and sophomore Devin Stearns were selected to the Second Team.

The quartet helped lead Princeton to its first EIVA final, and fourth since 1997, with a 3-1 victory over second-seeded Harvard in the Eastern semifinal. The victory gave Princeton 16 wins this season, tying it for the second most in program history behind only the 1997 team (24-2). The 1998 EIVA championship team and the 2003 Tiger squad also won 16 games.

“I am very proud of we accomplished this season, both on and off the court,” Shweisky said. “It was a monumental effort put forth as a group and we achieved a lot. It was a great ride and I am sad that it is over. Thank you to the seniors for everything. You gave your all to this program and you leave your legacy behind. We will do everything in our power to do right by you and the sacrifices you have made in the years to come. I want to the thank our team and the team around the team for a great season. I can’t wait to get back in the gym and get after it again next fall.”







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