Pacific goes nationwide for players in new recruiting class

Pacific added players from Illinois and Florida in its newest recruiting class to continue its trend of signing players from around the country.

Pacific announced Thursday that high school seniors Martin Ross and Christian Franceschi have signed National Letters of Intent to join the Tigers for the 2013 season.

Ross, a 6-foot-8-inch middle attacker from Frankfort, Ill., was a Chicago Sun Times Third-Team All-Area selection as a junior last season. In addition, he helped lead his club team to a silver medal at the 2010 USA Volleyball junior national championships and made the All-Tournament Team.


Franceschi, a 6-foot-3-inch outside attacker from Orlando, was selected to the All-Central Florida boys volleyball team in 2011. As a junior, Franceschi had 487 kills and 275 digs to guide his high school team to its third consecutive appearance in the State Final Four.

“We are very excited about these two student-athletes that will add to our team’s culture and skill on and off the volleyball court,” Pacific coach Joe Wortmann said in a statement released Thursday.

Pacific, which is located in Stockton, Calif., has recruited outside of its home state in recent seasons.

Half of the 20 players on the Tigers’ 2012 roster are from outside of California, including three international players and players from Arizona, Hawaii, Illinois and Texas.

The Tigers finished last year tied for last place in the MPSF. However, Pacific at 11-19 won its most matches since 2007.