Princeton for the first time in its program history will have a home match against Ohio State.
Princeton coach Sam Shweisky said in a recent interview with Off the Block that the Tigers will play host to the Buckeyes for a non-conference match early in the 2016 season.
“That’s going to be fun to play them,” Shweisky said. “They are always one of the top schools in the MIVA and one of the top schools in the country.”
This is the fourth time in the last six years that the two teams have played each other, including Ohio State sweeping Princeton last season in Columbus, Ohio. In addition, the Buckeyes are undefeated all-time against the Tigers entering their first match at Princeton’s Dillon Gym.
Ohio State returns a majority of starters after finishing last season at No. 10 in the national coaches poll and advancing to the MIVA Tournament semifinals. Among the returning starters for the Buckeyes includes Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American outside attacker Nicolas Szerszen.
Princeton ended last season qualifying for the four-team EIVA Tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The team also returns all-conference middle attacker Junior Oboh and all-conference setter Chris Kennedy but will have to replace graduated All-American opposite Cody Kessel.
Along with its home match against the Buckeyes, the Tigers will have three other non-conference matches versus MIVA teams in the upcoming season.
Princeton will travel during its spring break in March to play Lewis and the back-to-back defending-NCAA champions Loyola. It also will have a home match against McKendree in 2016.