Men's Volleyball

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    Joao Grangeiro
    Joao Grangeiro

    Class:
    Senior

    Hometown:
    Rio de Janiero

    High School:
    Colegio Santo Agostinho

    Height / Weight:
    6-0 / 200

    Position:
    Outside Hitter-Libero

    CAREER: In his career, he has had double figures in digs 37 times and in kills 38 times ...

    2006: Grangeiro was set to be USC's libero in 2006 as a senior, but instead will start for his fourth season at outside hitter to take advantage of his deadly serve, pinpoint passing and savvy hitting ... He is a team co-captain ...

    2005: He started all 30 matches at outside hitter (his third year starting there) as a junior in 2005 ... Overall he had team highs in kills (319), digs (244) and aces (44), while also adding 48 blocks and hitting .246 ... He was in double kill figures 16 times (including 20-plus twice, with a career-best 22 versus BYU) and had 5-plus digs 25 times (including 11 times in double digits, with 15 versus Pacific) ... He was 15th nationally in ace average (.407) and 20th in dig average (2.26) ... He also was seventh in the MPSF in both ace average (.413) and dig average (2.39) ... He made the 2005 All-MPSF honorable mention squad ...

    2004: He started for his second season at outside hitter as a sophomore in 2004 ... Overall while starting all 29 matches (including twice at libero), he had a team-best 235 digs and 37 aces, plus 299 kills (second on USC) and 40 blocks ... He had 5-plus digs 22 times (including 11 times in double digits, with 16 versus Lewis and Pepperdine) and was in double kill figures 14 times (with 20 at UC Irvine) ... He was tied for 15th nationally in dig average (2.18) and 19th in ace average (.343) ... He also was fifth in the MPSF in ace average (.354) and sixth in dig average (2.27) ... He was named to the 2004 UC Santa Barbara Collegiate Invitational All-Tournament team ...

    2003: Grangeiro, who joined USC in January of 2003 as a freshman, began the season as Troy's starting libero, then moved into the lineup as an outside hitter by midseason ... Overall while starting all 31 matches (16 at libero, 15 at outside hitter), he led USC in digs (299, 2 shy of the USC season record) and had 170 kills, 13 aces (fourth on USC) and 27 blocks ... He made the 2003 All-MPSF second team ... He had double figures in kills 8 times (including a career-best 18 versus Pacific) and had 5-plus digs 29 times (with a career-best and USC season-high 16 against both Cal State Northridge and Cal Baptist) ... He was third in the nation in dig average (2.56) and third in the MPSF (2.59) ...

    HIGH SCHOOL: He attended Colegio Santo Agostinho in Rio de Janiero, Brazil ...

    PERSONAL: He was a libero on Brazil's junior national team for 2 years (2000-01), as the squad won the 2001 World Championship after placing second in the South American Championship ... He also played club volleyball (as an outside hitter) in Brazil with Fluminense for 5 years (1995-99), as the squad won the state championship in 1995-97-99 and placed second in 1996-98 ... He twice was named MVP of club tournaments in Chile (1997 and 1999) ... Fellow Trojan Pedro Leal also played with Fluminense ... He also was an outside hitter on Rio de Janiero's state all-star team for 5 years (1997-2001), as his team won the state crown in 1998 and 2001 and finished third the other years ... He also was a highly-ranked junior tennis player in Brazil until he was 12 years old ... His father, Joao, played volleyball for Brazil in the 1980 Olympics ... He is majoring in biomedical engineering at USC and has a B average (3.07 GPA) ... He made the 2004 and 2005 MPSF All-Academic team ... Birthdate is June 12, 1982.

    Grangeiro's Stats
    GMKETAPCTASTSASEREDGBSBABE
    2003 (Fr.)...117 31170 111 428 .138 32135230299 3 245
    2004 (So.)...108 29299 163 721 .189 25376625235 1 396
    2005 (Jr.)...10830319140729.246334488242443458
    CAREER...33390788414 1878.199909420679778710819

    Career single match highs: 22 kills (BYU, 2005), 16 digs (Cal State Northridge and Cal Baptist, 2003, Lewis and Pepperdine, 2004), 4 blocks(Cal State Northridge, 2003, Long Beach State and UC San Diego, 2004, Stanford and Rutgers-Newark, 2005)