This weekend, the men’s volleyball team will play home games against Harvard and Sacred Heart, on Friday and Saturday, respectively. The men have faced a tough season so far; they are 11-12 overall, though they are 7-5 in conference play. It is the final weekend of the Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association’s regular season, and the Tigers control whether they will qualify for postseason play.
The Tigers beat Harvard 3-2 earlier in the season, but fell to Sacred Heart 3-1. Both games were close, and Princeton will be looking to increase its win percentage this weekend.
Harvard currently holds a 9-12 overall record, but lost twice last weekend, including once in conference play. Harvard’s recent underperformance will help the Tigers, who ended a three-game losing streak by beating George Mason last Saturday, 3-1. The Tigers hope that win will provide them enough momentum to win both of this weekend’s home games, which would make them level with the No. 3 seed in the conference. Sacred Heart (13-10) holds the best overall record in the conference, but lost its most recent game against Saint Francis University. That loss makes Princeton the only team entering the weekend on a winning streak.
The conference is close this season, with four teams fighting for a postseason berth. One of them will clinch the final spot; another will finish second-to-last. This weekend, Princeton will face two of those teams — Harvard and Sacred Heart.
This weekend is also senior weekend, honoring two Princeton players: setter Jonah May and setter/opposite Kurt Thiemann, who are looking to extend their final season by qualifying for next weekend’s EIVA Championships.
The team will play Harvard on Friday at 7 p.m. and Sacred Heart on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Dillon Gymnasium.