Talent, Versatility Highlight Strong Incoming Men's Volleyball Class
Head men's volleyball coach Sam Shweisky has plenty to be excited about over the next year.
Shweisky is currently serving as head coach of the 2016 Boys’ Youth National Training Team, which will compete at the NORCECA (North America, Central America Caribbean) Continental Championship on June 22-29 in Cuba. That event is a qualifier for the 2017 FIVB Under-19 World Championship.
However, he is even more excited about the future of his own program, thanks in large part to a talented, versatile Class of 2020 that joins the program this fall.
"Overall this is certainly the deepest and most complete class we have ever recruited during my time at Princeton," Shweisky said. "Only time will tell if these four have the work ethic and drive to turn their potential into college-level kills, blocks, and points. With a little luck and a lot of hard work, this class should be very exciting to watch for the next four years."
Here is the Class of 2020:
6-6 • OH • Dallas, Texas
St. Mark's School
Before Princeton — selected to the USA Volleyball Training Teams three consecutive summers … led St. Mark's to two conference titles and earned all-conference honors three years … led club team to Top 25 finish in the 17 Club Championships … served as team captain for both volleyball and basketball teams … earned all-conference honors and Offensive Team MVP award in basketball.
Personal — born Nov. 6, 1997 … son of Stephen and Gillian Dixon … has a younger sister Camryn … enjoys video games, reading and movies … plans to study in the Operations Research and Financial Engineering program.
Why Did You Choose Princeton? The academics are unparalleled, and I loved the campus as soon as I set foot on it. From what I’ve seen, the people are awesome, and I get to continue to play a sport I love in volleyball.
Shweisky on Dixon: Parker is a physical talent who, as he continues to be exposed to higher levels of volleyball, continues to improve at a dramatic rate. At 6-6 with a fantastic vertical, Parker draws similarities to a young Cody Kessel ’15. If Parker can find the same Kessel-level work ethic and drive to improve his overall skill set, we could add another huge contributor to the line up next fall.
6-4 • S • Newport Beach, Calif.
Corona del Mar
Before Princeton — helped Corona del Mar to two Pacific Coast League titles and one CIF Division I final … won 2016 CIF Southern Section Regional Division 2 title … chosen to the Junior Nationals 17 all-tournament team; led club team to finals …served as captain of Balboa Bay Volleyball 16 White, 17 White and 18 White teams … AP Scholar with Distinction … California Scholarship Federation Member … earned Academic Letter with Honor … Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce Scholarship recipient.
Personal — born June 24, 1998 … son of Stephanie and Gunnar Gooding … has an older brother Nick and an older sister Noelle … enjoys surfing, bodysurfing, and beach volleyball … considering either mechanical or aerospace engineering, or economics as course of study at Princeton.
Why Did You Choose Princeton? Princeton not only offers the best academic opportunity in the country, but also offers a first-rate Division I volleyball program.
Shweisky on Gooding: Also from the hotbed of volleyball, Shane comes to Princeton from Southern California and the prestigious Balboa Bay Volleyball Club. As team captain, Shane led his Balboa 17’s team to the finals of J.O.’s last summer. A natural leader, Shane will compete for time at the setter position next season.
6-11 • MB • St. Louis, Mo.
St. Louis University HS
Before Princeton — competed for the 2015 USA Boys' Youth National Team that placed seventh at the U19 World Championships … runner-up in the USA High Performance Championships … selected to the USA Junior National Volleyball training team … earned all-state honors and led St. Louis University High to the 2015 state title … led both high school and club team to multiple tournament titles … named to the AVCA All-America Watch List in 2016 … High Honor Roll honoree … also lettered in basketball and cross country.
Personal — born Oct. 17, 1997 … son of Doug and Patty Huhmann … has a younger sister Marie … enjoys kayaking, hiking and basketball … considering studying mechanical engineering.
Why Did You Choose Princeton? I believe Princeton will best help me maximize my academic and volleyball careers more than any other place. Also, I immediately knew I could fit in with Princeton's amazing atmosphere and community.
Shweisky on Huhmann: George may literally and figuratively be the biggest prospect we have ever recruited. Almost 7 feet tall, he will be among, if not the tallest player to ever play for Princeton Volleyball. Also as a starter on the Boys Youth National team last summer, George was regarded by many as one of the top two middle recruits in the country. George not only has size, but remarkable quickness and agility for his frame, combined with a lightening fast arm swing. George will challenge for a starting position as soon as he steps on the court next fall.
6-5 • OH • South Pasadena, Calif.
Before Princeton — led South Pasadena to four straight conference titles; team won 2013 and 2014 CIF titles, and it upset second seed to reach 2016 CIF semifinal … competed in the 2014 and 2015 Junior Olympics … named Team MVP … 2014 All-CIF honoree … multiple all-league honoree … team captain for both high school and club program … three-year basketball letterwinner … earned all-league honors in basketball and led team to 2015 league title.
Personal — born Sept. 24, 1997 … son of Christopher and Kathryn Luck … has three older sisters: Claudia, Anneliese and Josephine; also has a twin brother Maxwell, who will be play volleyball at UCSD … Josephine played volleyball at NYU … enjoys hiking and reading … planning to study Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Why Did You Choose Princeton? Princeton is one of the best places to receive a higher education. I love the campus and the environment, I fit in well with the team, and I have a chance to make an immediate impact on the court.
Shweisky on Luck: Greg is an extremely well-rounded, well-trained outside hitter who has a complete game. An accomplished passer, attacker, defender, server, and blocker, Greg has all the tools to succeed at the college level. Greg comes from a very strong club and high school background in Southern California, and we are excited to see what he will be able to do here as a Tiger. Greg is projected to challenge for a starting spot as soon as he gets to campus next fall.