Princeton will experience one of the toughest road environments while playing one of the top teams in the nation during the upcoming season.
Princeton as part of recently unveiling its 2017 schedule announced that it will travel for a non-conference match against BYU on March 12 at Smith Fieldhouse.
This is the second consecutive year the Tigers and Cougars have played each other. In addition, it will be the first time Princeton has played a road match at BYU, which had the nation’s highest home attendance average at 3,980 people last season.
BYU on the road in the inaugural meeting between the schools swept Princeton last season and finished the regular season winning the MPSF championship for the third time in the last four years. The Cougars return three All-American starters for the upcoming season after reaching the 2016 NCAA Tournament finals.
BYU went 13-2 at home in 2016 and has lost one non-conference match at Smith Fieldhouse this decade.
Princeton ended last season missing EIVA Tournament for the first time since the conference changed to a four-team format in 2012. The Tigers, though, return a majority of their starters, including All-EIVA middle attacker Junior Oboh and All-EIVA setter Chris Kennedy.
This will be the last of three non-conference matches versus the MPSF that the Tigers will play in the upcoming season. Princeton also will play road matches against UCLA and UC San Diego in the opening weeks of the 2017 season.
The match against BYU will also begin a three-match western road trip for Princeton as it play will a two-match series versus Grand Canyon later that week.