Charleston upsets Princeton to advance to EIVA semifinals

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Opposite Garret Schnitker made sure their time at Charleston didn’t end with the program still winless in postseason play.

Schnitker on back-to-back plays in overtime had a kill and a match-winning block as the No. 6 seed Charleston swept the No. 3 seed Princeton 25-17, 25-23, 27-25 in the EIVA Tournament quarterfinals on Wednesday in University Park, Pennsylvania.

The graduate student finished with a team-high 15 kills on a .385 attack percentage to help the Golden Eagles win their first conference tournament match in program history. Schnitker in the final game also led all players with six kills, including a kill to fight off a Princeton game-point and force overtime.

Charleston in the victory out-hit Princeton .352 to .274 en route to becoming the second No. 6 seed in the modern era of the EIVA to reach the EIVA Tournament semifinals.


Along with Schnitker, outside attacker Ras Jesse Delancy contributed 13 kills. Delancy had a game-high seven kills in the second game highlighted three kills during a five-play stretch to close out the game.

Middle attacker Cole Duncanson added four kills on a .800 attack percentage and had a team-high four blocks.

Princeton ended with nine blocks – 1.5 more blocks than Charleston. Middle attacker Tristan Whitfield led all players with five blocks, while setter Henry Wedbush had four blocks.

Outside attacker Nyherowo Omene in the loss finished with a match-high .444 attack percentage.

Charleston with this victory will advance to play the No. 2 seed George Mason in the EIVA Tournament semifinals on Thursday.

George Mason and Charleston during the regular season split their two-match series in February.