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Sports Shorts: Kessel outstanding in Hall of Fame Classic tournament

Men’s Volleyball: Concordia Eagles soar past Tigers in Semi Final Matchup 

A performance resembling that of a Greek god by junior outside hitter Cody Kessel was not enough to see the Tigers dispatch reigning NAIA champions Concordia University in the semifinal game of the Hall of Fame Classic on Thursday night. Attacking and service errors by the Tigers (2-6 overall, 1-1 EIVA) defined the outcome, as the Tigers committed more than twice the errors of Concordia (14-3) on their way to a 0-3 loss. Kessel notched more kills than a mafia hit man as he recorded a team season high of 26 from just three sets, while hitting a remarkable .553 in the process.

In the third place playoff the Tigers bounced back with a 3-0 victory of their own over the University of California at Santa Cruz on the final day of the Hall of Fame Classic. Kessel who again led the Tiger offense with 14 kills, was named on the All-Tournament team. Freshman middle blocker Junior Oboh also showcased his talent adding six kills and two blocks.

Mens’ Tennis: Tiger’s fall in the south

It was a rough weekend in Alabama for the No. 60 ranked men’s tennis team as the Tigers fell to three highly ranked opponents at the Blue Gray National Tennis Classic.  The closest loss of the weekend came against the No. 21 ranked Clemson Tigers (11-2), as the Princeton Tigers (6-4) lost 3-4. Princeton won the doubles point while junior top seed Zack McCourt and senior 6th spot Daniel Davies added points with victories at each end of the singles ladder. McCourt’s win came over an opponent ranked No. 67 in the country. The middle order collapsed, however, allowing Clemson to take the four points needed for victory. No. 36 ranked Alabama made lighter work of Princeton in the second loss of the weekend. The Tigers fell 4-0 to the Crimson Tide (6-5).

The last matchup saw the Tigers fall to Mississippi State 4-2. McCourt picked up his second win of the weekend over a ranked opponent, beating the No. 52 player in the nation who plays at the number one spot for Mississippi State (10-4) 6-5, 6-3. Freshman Tom Colautti playing in the number three spot picked up the other singles point for Princeton.

Women’s Lacrosse: Women’s lacrosse drops season opener to No. 6 Loyola

The No. 17 ranked women’s lacrosse team dropped their season opener to No. 6 Loyola at Baltimore on the weekend. Down 7-4 in the half, the Tigers opened the second half strongly to make it a two-point game until a Loyola five-minute, five-goal run in the middle of the second half secured Loyola’s 15-10 victory. Freshman midfielder Anna Doherty had a stunner in her debut as she and senior midfielder Sarah Lloyd both scored hat tricks. Junior attacker Erin McMunn also had a fine outing contributing a goal and three assists.

Women’s Swimming: Tigers fall short in attempt for Ivy title repeat

The women’s swimming team saw the Ivy League Championships end the same way they did two years ago — with outstanding individual performances not quite good enough to oust Harvard from the top spot. Despite not repeating as Ivy champions, the Tigers made plenty of waves in the waters of Providence, R.I.

Senior Lisa Boyce continued to shine as she has all year for the Tigers, garnering 92 of the Tigers’ 1,384 points over the three-day conference championships. Boyce won her ninth individual Ivy League gold with a victory in the 100m freestyle in 48.92 seconds. Her additional contribution to the winning 400m freestyle relay was enough to give Boyce honors for High Point Swimmer of the Meet, as well as Career High Point Award winner.

Freshman Caitlin Chambers continued her outstanding season on the diving platform for Princeton, as she put up the sixth-best score in Ivy history to win the three meter event. Sophomores Nikki Larson and Beverly Nguyen also contributed strong performance, as they went 2-4 respectively in the 200m butterfly.

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