BRONXVILE, N.Y. – Ric Lucas is the second of three inductees to be showcased on EIVAVolleyball.com as we look back at the careers of all three of the 2017 Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association (EIVA) Hall of Fame members.
Lucas played for George Mason from 1982-1985 and would be instrumental in helping the Patriots to their first-ever NCAA Tournament in 1984. He would gain notice by others in 1983 as a member of the All-East Second Team prior to his breakout season in the national spotlight.
In 1984 Ric would lead George Mason in kills (306) and hitting percentage (.362) as the Patriots captured the league championship over Penn State. George Mason would fall to Pepperdine in the NCAA Semi-Finals, but swept Ball State in the NCAA Third Place match as Lucas was named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team.
Ric would be named a Volleyball Monthly preseason All-American Honorable Mention and was a member of the All-East First Team that season. Additionally, Lucas was recognized as a Volleyball Monthly Writer's First-Team All-American and a Volleyball News Second-Team All-American at the conclusion of the season.
"Ric was the most intelligent setter I ever coached; he had a knack for finding the open hitter and calling the best play for a situation," stated 2013 EIVA Hall of Fame inductee and former head coach for the Patriots, Wayne Stalick. "I always enjoyed talking and strategizing with him. Down deep he always wanted to be an outside hitter, even at 5-foot-10, but with his 42-inch vertical jump he was able to hit over many blocks," recalled Stalick.
The Patriots would return to the NCAA Tournament in 1985 during Ric's senior campaign as George Mason fell to USC in the NCAA Semi-Finals, and repeated their NCAA Third Place match victory with another sweep of Ball State. Lucas was named to the All-East First Team and was an All-American after playing in a team-best 102 sets during the season. He led the Patriots with 40 service aces which stands as the 7th-best season total all-time for the George Mason men's volleyball program. Ric also finished his final season with 321 kills and 311 digs as his dig total is the most all-time in a single season for the program.
Lucas would have two sons play volleyball at George Mason as Eric (Class of 2011) and Dave (Class of 2014) would both play in the libero position. Eric would record 309 digs in 2009, falling only two digs shy of tying Ric's all-time record for the Patriots.