George Mason maintains nationwide recruiting footprint with latest class

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There was no limit to George Mason’s nationwide geographic reach with its newest recruiting class.

Coach Jay Hosack announced earlier this week that high school recruits from California, Florida and Illinois have all signed national letter of intent committing to the Virginia school for the 2021 season.

Colin Heath, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker from Winnetka, Illinois, has accumulated more than 300 kills and 300 digs during his last two high school seasons. He also earned all-conference honors as a junior.

Omar Hoyos, a 6-foot-6 outside attacker from Pembroke Pines, Florida, was the 2019 Miami Herald Boys’ Volleyball Player of the Year. The outside attacker finished that season with 356 kills on a 55.4 percent offensive efficiency and 56 aces.

Jason Ashenfelter, a 6-foot-5 middle attacker from Redondo Beach, California, has spent the last two seasons playing for his high school team. In addition, his father Mike Ashenfelter played NCAA men’s volleyball for USC.

Nikolas Colburn, a 6-foot-5 outside attacker from Huntington Beach, California, led his club team to a bronze medal at the 2018 USA Volleyball Boys Junior National Championships and earned all-county honors with his school team in 2019. Among his top high school performances last season included a match-high 25 kills in a postseason victory.

Sam Peters,a 6-foot-8 middle attacker from La Grange Park, Illinois, set a single-season school record with 144 blocks last season. He also had 129 kills and 20 aces en route to earning all-conference honors.

George Mason ended last season reaching the EIVA Tournament semifinals for the second consecutive year. In addition, the Patriots in the preseason national coaches poll received 22 votes to finish narrowly outside of the top 15.