Princeton sophomore Pat Schwagler had a match-high 19 kills, but it wasn't enough to overcome a hot NYU men's volleyball team, which ruined the Tigers' 2011 home debut with a 3-1 victory Tuesday night in Dillon Gym.
A slow start hurt Princeton in the opener, but the Tigers hit .433 in the second set to win 25-22 and even the match at one game apiece. The Tigers rallied in the third and led 19-18, but the Violets assumed control from there. Winning five of the next six points, NYU built a lead and ultimately claimed a 25-21 victory; the Violets built on that momentum and finished the match 25-19.
Outsides Vincent Tuminelli (12) and Jeff Stapleton (10) both recorded double-digit kills, while junior setter Scott Liljestrom paced the offense with 37 assists. Liljestrom also had a team-high six digs, and sophomore Michael Dye added five blocks, but the Tiger defense allowed NYU to hit .258 for the match.
Princeton now faces an important stretch with six consecutive EIVA Tait matches coming up. That will start this weekend with a tough road trip, beginning Friday night at Saint Francis and continuing Saturday at 2010 NCAA finalist Penn State. The last meeting between Princeton and Penn State came during the 2010 EIVA final, when the Tigers played two tight games before ultimately falling 3-0.