UCLA, Princeton agree to non-conference match for 2016 season

UCLA will once again have a home non-conference match against Princeton during the upcoming season.

Princeton coach Sam Shweisky said in an interview with Off the Block earlier this week that his team and UCLA have agreed to play each other for the second straight year.



The Bruins swept the Tigers last season in the first all-time meeting between the two programs. In addition, UCLA went undefeated in non-conference play in 2015 and has not lost a home non-conference match in more than 10 years.

With a roster primarily comprised of freshmen and sophomores, UCLA finished last season at No. 12 in the national coaches poll and qualified for the eight-team MPSF Tournament. Among the starters returning for the Bruins includes Off the Block/Springbak, Inc. Freshmen All-American Team outside attackers J.T. Hatch and Jake Arnitz.

Princeton enters the upcoming season after reaching the 2015 EIVA Tournament semifinals. The Tigers return two all-conference starters — middle attacker Junior Oboh and setter Chris Kennedy.

This road match against UCLA will be part of Princeton’s annual early season West Coast road trip. It will also play a non-conference match against UC San Diego during upcoming the road trip.