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Men's Volleyball History

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 02/25/2014
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Though all official records for Princeton men's volleyball began during the 1997 season, the Princeton club team began competition in 1979 with a young man named Glenn Nelson serving as head coach. He would hold that position for more than 30 years — and more than 500 wins — before retiring after the 2009 season.

Princeton was granted full varsity status in 1997. One year later, though it had already been a full member of the EIVA, the Tigers ended Penn State's dominant run as league champion with a 3-0 semifinal victory over the Nittany Lions. Two days later, Princeton defeated Rutgers-Newark 3-0 to win its only league title. The Tigers went to Hawaii for the 1998 NCAA Championships, where they fell to top-seeded Pepperdine in the semifinal.

Glenn Nelson, who also served as head coach of the women's team, won more than 1,000 matches during his tenure at Princeton. He was profiled on GoPrincetonTigers.com here, and he was recently inducted into the EIVA Hall of Fame.

Princeton had two AVCA All-Americas under Nelson in Marin Gjaja '91 and Derek Devens '98. In 2013, Cody Kessel was named a Volleyball Magazine 3rd Team All-American, and he joined Pat Schwagler on the All-EIVA First Team. Both Kessel (2012) and Schwagler (2010) were former EIVA Newcomers of the Year, and Kessel capped his career with AVCA Second-Team All-America honors in 2015.

We would be interested in publishing testimonials here for any players to competed in either the club or varsity years with the men's volleyball team. If you would be interested, please email Sam Shweisky (shweisky@princeton.edu).

LINKS

Highlights from Princeton's 1998 NCAA Final Four match.

Vincent Tuminelli '12 produced a video with several Princeton volleyball alumni.

Pat Schwagler '14 wins the Bounce Contest at the 2014 Hall of Fame Classic.

 

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