Long Island stifles George Mason for marquee non-conference win

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The block came through for Long Island en route to one of its biggest wins in program history.

Long Island set a single-match program record with 16.5 blocks as it defeated George Mason 25-22, 25-23, 26-28, 25-19 on Thursday in Fairfax, Virginia.

This is the first win for the second-year program against a current EIVA member. It is also the third time since 2017 that an unranked team has defeated George Mason at home in non-conference play.

Middle attacker Kasey Clouet led all players with a career-high eight blocks and was one of three Sharks with more than five blocks against the Patriots. Middle attacker Arthur Sueur also contributed seven blocks, while opposite Luke Chandler had six blocks.


Long Island out-hit George Mason .311 to .191, including limiting the Patriots to a match-low negative-.036 attack percentage in the second game. In addition, the Sharks had at least a .400 attack percentage in both the first and fourth games.

Outside attacker Gustavo Cavalcanti in the victory had a team-high 16 kills on a .314 attack percentage. The Freshman All-American transfer from Emmanuel also added four blocks in the Sharks third road win of the season.

Along with Cavalcanti, outside attacker Livan Moreno had 14 kills on a team-best .417 attack percentage and Chandler added 11 kills and a team-high two aces.

George Mason opposite Jack Bolz finished with a match-high 18 kills in the team’s third straight loss to open the season.

Outside attacker Liam French added 12 kills on a .346 attack percentage and was the only Patriot to have at least five kills and hit more than .300.

George Mason had eight blocks in the loss with middle attacker Jason Ashenfelter having a team-high five blocks.