George Mason adds outside attacker from High Performance Program

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A member of the USA Volleyball High Performance Program has committed to George Mason.

George Mason coach Jay Hosack announced recently that high school senior Richie Hoff will join the Patriots for the 2019 season.

Hoff, a 6-foot-3 outside attacker from Park Ridge, Illinois, as a senior helped his high school team reach the regional championship match. He also will compete with the U.S. High Performance Youth Continental Red Team at the High Performance Championships in July.

“We are very excited to have Richie sign in the spring NLI signing period,” Hosack said in a statement. “He has a very good arm, a good vertical jump and will bring a high volleyball IQ to our team. We look forward to watching his progress once he gets here, and integrating him into our program.”

Hoff is the second member of his family to compete for a NCAA Division I-II men’s volleyball team. His uncle Tom Hoff played for Ohio State and Long Beach State in the 1990s and then was a three-time U.S. Olympian, including winning a gold medal in 2008.

This is the fourth player to commit to the Patriots for the upcoming season.

George Mason finished last season winning the EIVA regular season championship but lost in the conference tournament semifinals. Among the starters returning for the Patriots in 2019 is All-EIVA opposite Hayden Wagner, who was third in the conference with a 3.48 kills per game average last season.