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The final weekend of the EIVA regular season is coming, and it holds the potential to among the wildest in more than a decade.
Princeton would rather save the drama for the following weekend.
The Tigers (11-12, 7-5 EIVA), coming off a critical 3-1 road win at George Mason last Saturday, control their own fate in the chase for one of four spots in the EIVA postseason, which would be April 20-22 at the site of the top seed (likely Penn State, though it hasn’t been clinched). If they win both home matches this weekend — Friday (7 pm) against Harvard, Saturday (4 pm) against Sacred Heart — the Tigers would be no worse than the third seed in the postseason, and would likely play in the earlier semifinal Thursday.
Anything short of two wins, and things get really interesting.
Penn State (9-3 EIVA) and Saint Francis (8-4) are in the best position for the top two seeds; the travel partners both host home weekends, and both will play EIVA-winless Charleston in one of those matches. Should both win at least that match, Penn State would earn the top seed and Saint Francis would be on the other side of the draw.
Four teams, including both of Princeton’s opponents this weekend, enter the weekend with 6-6 EIVA records — at least one of those four will definitely reach the postseason, while another will finish in second-to-last place.
Princeton, which hasn’t played a home EIVA match since the first weekend of March, will return to Dillon Gym, where it has gone 7-1 throughout the season. The Tigers will open Friday night against Harvard, a team they defeated 3-2 in Boston earlier this season. Freshman Parker Dixon had 18 kills in that win, while the middle duo of Junior Oboh and George Huhmann combined for 27 kills and 10 blocks.
The Tigers will try to celebrate both Senior Day and a return trip to the EIVA postseason Saturday afternoon when it hosts Sacred Heart. The Pioneers, who defeated Princeton 3-1 earlier this season, have been one of the most fascinating teams in the league this season. They will enter the weekend having lost seven of their last eight matches; that lone win, however, completed a season sweep of Penn State — something that no EIVA team has done against Penn State in more than a decade.
Both matches will be streamed live on the Ivy League Digital Network.