JC Transfer Gianluca Grasso Of Brazil Joins USC Men's Volleyball Team

    Gianluca Grasso
    Jan. 23, 2017

    Gianluca Grasso, an All-Conference junior college outside hitter and the son of parents who played on Brazil’s national teams, has joined the USC men’s volleyball team as a sophomore for the 2017 season.

    The 6-2 Grasso, who is from Sao Paulo, Brazil, was the 2016 All-Pacific Coast Conference Co-MVP as he had 241 kills, 145 digs, 40 aces and 34 blocks as a freshman outside hitter at Orange Coast College in Costa Mesa (Calif.). The Pirates were the state runnerup.

    He did not play volleyball in 2015 after attending Andrews Osborne Academy in Willoughby (Ohio) in 2014. He spent his first 2 years of high school in Puerto Rico.

    His father, Mauro, and mother, Rejane, played volleyball on Brazil’s national teams (his father coaches professionally), while his brother, Marco, was a setter at Pacific (2013-14) and Ohio State (2015-16), including on the Buckeyes’ 2016 NCAA champions, and his sister, Carol, played volleyball at Salt Lake Community College (2013-14) and Cal State Bakersfield (2015-16) and also beach volleyball at Cal State Bakersfield (2015).

    USC currently is 2-5 overall in 2017, with matches this week against Stanford on Thursday (Jan. 26) and Pepperdine on Saturday (Jan. 28).