EIVA Finalist Men's Volleyball Introduces Three Recruits Into Class Of 2018
After a memorable season in which Princeton ended a 35-match losing streak to Penn State and topped Harvard to return to the EIVA championship match, the Princeton men's volleyball team is looking to continue pushing forward towards a return to the NCAA Championships. That process includes the introduction of three highly touted recruits into the Class of 2018.
Head coach Sam Shweisky has brought in a pair of middles and an outside to compete for time on a roster that lost only one starter from the past season. Both Billy Andrew and Mike Fuerst will compete for time at the middle blocker position, while Kendall Ratter provides Shweisky another option on the outside.
You can read about all three recruits below.
MB • 6-7 • Phoenix, Az.
Brophy College Prep
“I felt that I could get more out of Princeton than any other school and it was the best fit for me athletically and academically.”
Before Princeton — invited to the USA Volleyball Boys Youth A-1 Camp; runner-up in the High Performance championship … two-time all-state selection … won 2012 and 2014 Arizona region club championships … reached the 2012 state final and the finals of the 2014 SCVA Classic … team captain at Brophy … helped club become first to have both a boys’ and girls’ team win a national qualifier … earned Distinguished Student honor.
Personal — born Feb. 15, 1996 … son of Bill and Pat Andrew … has two sisters, Katie and Kelly … enjoys swimming, outdoor activities and movies … may study engineering.
Shweisky on Andrew: Billy Andrew is another physical middle who may also challenge for time at the opposite position. Billy's club team, Spiral, won the USA Volleyball Junior Olympics this past summer. That is the crowning jewel achievement of every boys club volleyball team in the country every year. To win is an outstanding achievement. Billy was a go-to attacker on that team as well as an emotional leader. We are very excited for Billy to bring his talents to the Princeton gym this fall.
MB • 6-6 • Arlington Heights, Ill.
“Princeton provided the best balance between a competitive athletic program, outstanding academic experience, and active community environment.”
Before Princeton — led John Hersey to two regional championships, as well as 2013 division title … earned all-conference and all-area honors … named Team MVP … set school records for blocks in a match (12), season (144) and career (348) … served as captain for both high school and club (Adversity Volleyball) … earned all-conference and all-area honors in basketball … set career record for charges taken … named captain and Team MVP … Illinois State Scholar … member of the National Honor Society and the Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica … AP Scholar with Distinction … National Merit Commended Scholar … member of the school’s All-Academic team.
Personal — born Nov. 25, 1995 … son of Jeff and Daiva Fuerst … mother was a three-time All-America at UCLA, a two-time PAC 10 Player of the Year and a member of the U.S. National Team from 1989-1994 … has a younger sister Elizabeth … enjoys fishing and video games … may study electrical engineering.
Shweisky on Fuerst: Michael Fuerst is a big physical middle attacker who will bring both size and athleticism to the gym. He comes from a great club program in Adversity, the same as teammate Jonah May, and we are expecting the same hard working, positive energy Adversity guys are known for. With only a few years of training under his belt, we expect Mike to grow and improve at a rapid rate with his best years of volleyball in front of him. We are excited for the impact he will be able to make on the program.
OH • 6-4 • Encinitas, Calif.
La Costa Canyon
“I chose Princeton because it is one of the best educations I can get while still playing Division I volleyball.”
Before Princeton — led La Costa Canyon to three league championships and the 2013 Division 2 CIF title … won 2014 Open Division CIF title; selected to the CIF All-San Diego Section first team … earned second-team All-So Cal honors in 2014 … reached 2013 state final and 2012 Junior Nationals semifinal … selected to the all-tournament team at the 2012 Junior Natioanls … recorded more than 500 kills in final two seasons and led the nation with 78 aces in 2013 … multiple-time captain for both high school and club … AP Scholar with Distinction.
Personal — born Sept. 26, 1995 … son of Jeffrey and Cynthia Ratter … father played at Cal Poly; mother played club at Cal Poly … has an older brother Eric, who plays club at San Diego State … enjoys playing the piano and snowboarding … may study engineering.
Shweisky on Ratter: Kendall Ratter is a skilled outside attacker from the hotbed of volleyball, Southern California. His Coast club team is one of the most decorated teams in the San Diego area. Kendall is a very accomplished beach player and has a great court sense and volleyball IQ. Kendall knows the game and will acclimate to the college level very quickly. We are excited for how he will impact the level of play in our gym from the moment he gets to campus.