PRINCETON, N.J. - After back-to-back trips to the EIVA postseason, Princeton head coach Sam Shweisky believes he has the type of talent and character to produce an even more exciting 2014 season. Part of that roster includes three skilled players, each from different regions, who will comprise the Class of 2017.
While Princeton brings back six starters from the EIVA semifinalist (OH Pat Schwagler and Devin Stearns, S Davis Waddell, MB Will Siroky, OPP Cody Kessel and L Tony Ensbury), the Tigers will also bring in a trio of players who achieved a variety of high honors both at the high school and national level.
Two members of the class, S/OH Chris Kennedy and MB Junior Oboh, were selected to the 2013 Boys Fab 50 by Volleyball Magazine. The third, S/OPP Kurt Thiemann, was an all-state selection.
You can read more about each of the three recruits below, and click the play link in the photo to watch the video. (Note - the play link is only available from GoPrincetonTigers.com, as opposed to an emailed version)
Below is the Class of 2017:
S/OH • 6-2 • Playa Del Rey, Calif. • Loyola
“Princeton has both a very strong academic reputation and Division I volleyball team. Princeton also encompasses all of the qualities I want in a college experience.”
At Loyola — selected to the 2013 Boys Fab 50 by Volleyball Magazine … led Loyola to 2012 state championship and 2013 state final; also finished as CIF runner-up in 2012 and 2013 … invited to USAV Junior Nationals Open Division (2009-2013) … competed at USAV High Performance Championships (2010-2012) … earned two top-five finishes at Junior Nationals … first-team All-Mission League honoree … three-time Mission League champion … awarded the Loyola High School Varsity Boys Volleyball Scholar Athlete Award … two-time Junior Nationals all-tournament team honoree … selected to the SCVR All-Southern California First Team … captain of both high school and club teams … graduated Cum Laude … California Scholarship Federation member … AP Scholar with Honors.
Personal — born Jan. 11, 1995 … son of Richard and Dawn Kennedy … father is a physician; mother is a director of human resources … has two older sisters, Alexis and Alyssa … cousin played volleyball at Yale … enjoys wakeboarding, snowboarding and the beach … may study economics and finance at Princeton.
MB • 6-7 • Old Bridge, N.J. • Old Bridge
“I chose Princeton because of its world-class academic reputation, wonderful coaching staff, and its beautiful campus.”
At Old Bridge — selected to the 2013 Boys Fab 50 by Volleyball Magazine … three-time participant in the Open Division at Junior Nationals … competed in A2 High Performance Camp and helped team win silver medal … two-time all-state and all-area honoree … led Old Bridge to 2010 and 2012 Greater Middlesex Championships … two-year captain … also lettered in basketball … president of the National Honor Society … Old Bridge High School Scholar-Athlete of the Year … Central Jersey Academic All-Star … National AP Scholar.
Personal — born May 16, 1995 … full name is Ehidiamen Oboh … son of Ehidiamen and Stella Oboh … father is a pastor; mother is a nurse … has two older brothers, Ofure and Ehis … enjoys reading and playing basketball … plans on majoring in Economics, and getting a certificate in either finance or computer science.
S/OPP • 6-7 • St. Louis, Mo. • St. Louis University HS
“I wanted a challenging academic experience, and I was really attracted to the specific undergraduate focus at Princeton.”
At St. Louis University HS — earned 2013 all-state and academic all-state honors … led team to three state finals and one state championship … invited to the 2011 USAV High Performance Program … led team to a 32-4 record as a senior captain … lettered all four years with volleyball team … also played one year of basketball … National Merit Finalist.
Personal — born Sept. 9, 1994 … son of Brian and Katie Thiemann … father works in product development; mother is the director of institutional advancement at Cor Jesu Academy … has two older sisters, Elise and Erin, and a younger sister Nora … Erin played club volleyball at Marquette … enjoys creative writing … may study English or mathematics at Princeton.
Story courtesy of Princeton