An all-state selection and a high school most valuable player will join the George Mason roster beginning in 2018.
George Mason coach Jay Hosack announced earlier this week that high school seniors Michael Kapusta and Justin Spiegel both signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Patriots.
Kapusta, a 6-foot-7 outside attacker from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, earned first-team all-state honors after finishing his high school season averaging 19 kills, seven aces and 10 blocks per match. He also averaged 24 kills per match with his club team during the last two years.
“Michael comes in with a high level of experience,” Hosack said in a statement. “He already passes at a high level, which helps him become a contributor from the start. He has a live arm and can hit from both pins, which also allows us to look at him working from both positions in the future. We look forward to seeing his progress in our gym over the next four-five years.”
Spiegel, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from Webster, New York, helped guide his club team to a Can-Am Volleyball Tournament championship earlier this year. In addition, Spiegel was a three-sport athlete in high school and with the volleyball team earned all-country and the team’s most valuable player honors.
“Justin has a great arm and can already hit with range,” Hosack said. “He is also very mobile, which is key for a middle blocker when blocking. We look for him to be an impact in our gym from day one, and I am excited for his future here at Mason.”
George Mason in Hosack’s first season as the head coach won the 2016 EIVA championship and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance in almost 30 years. The Patriots return multiple starters from last year’s conference championship team, including all-conference setter Brian Negron.