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Men's Volleyball Peels Past Banana Slugs For Third Place At Hall Of Fame

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/22/2014
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Cody Kessel led the Tigers to third place in the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic.
Courtesy: Beverly Schaefer

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A night after being swept by eventual champion Concordia in the semifinals of the Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, the Princeton men's volleyball team came away with a 3-0 win of its own against UC Santa Cruz to earn third place in the tournament. Following a season-high 26 kills on Friday, junior Cody Kessel again led the Tigers' offense with 14 kills on his way to making the All-Tournament Team.

While the final result proved to be drastically different than the previous night, Princeton had a similarly slow start. The Tigers trailed the Banana Slugs in the opening set, 9-7, before embarking on a 9-2 run, and eventually winning, 25-13. The orange and black's attack entered the weekend hitting .278 as a team, but was on point in the first set at a .474 rate, headlined by five Kessel kills. The outside hitter was one of seven players from the four schools in the tournament to receive All-Tournament accolades.

UC Santa Cruz -- which finished fifth in Division III in 2013 -- put up a fight in the middle set. Princeton, however, outbattled the Banana Slugs in a 26-24 victory that saw 11 ties and five lead changes. The Tigers never trailed in the final set, as they cruised to  their largest win of the season, 25-15.

Senior outside hitter Pat Schwagler contributed six kills and seven digs to the cause. Meanwhile, freshman middle blocker Junior Oboh also shined with six kills and two blocks.

Princeton begins a six-match home stand against EIVA opponents. The stretch begins Tuesday night at 7 against Rutgers-Newark, and it will include showdowns against both Penn State (Feb. 28) and Harvard (March 8).

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