George Mason bolsters roster with new transfers, high school recruits

Coach Jay Hosack sought both high school players and transfers to compete his latest recruiting class.

George Mason announced earlier this week that transfers Jack Reese and Travis O’Gorman along with recent high school graduates Mike Kapusta and Justin Spiegel have committed to play for the Patriots beginning in 2018.

“This class is small, but strong in terms of what we are bringing into our gym,” Hosack said in a statement. “They will all help us in our quest to win another EIVA title and possibly carry us further into the national championship title run. We look forward to them becoming members of the Patriot family”

Reese returns to the East Coast after redshirting last season with Hawai’i. The redshirt freshman middle attacker from Pittsburgh was first-team all-state selection during his school senior season and led his team to the state championship match.

O’Gorman spent the last two years playing with Long Beach City College and transfers to George Mason as a junior. The all-conference outside attacker finished last season with a 2.85 kills per game average while hitting .293 as he helped the junior college reach state championship semifinals.

Kapusta, a 6-foot-7 opposite from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, was a two-time first-team all-state selection with his high school team. He also was selected as the most valuable player of Almanac boys’ volleyball earlier this year.

Spiegel, a 6-foot-7 middle attacker from a Webster, New York, earned first-team all-area honors as a member of his high school team. Along with his volleyball experience, Spiegel played on his high school boys’ basketball team.

George Mason one-year removed from reaching the NCAA Tournament finished last season in sixth place in the EIVA and did not make the four-team conference tournament. The Patriots, though, return several starters for the upcoming season, including All-EIVA setter Brian Negron who is spending the off-season playing with the Puerto Rico Men’s National Team.