Tigers Wrap Up Preseason Tournaments, Look to Improve With New Faces
University of the Pacific Tigers played in their final preseason tournament in Palo Alto this weekend dropping both of their matches against Concordia, the defending NAIA Champions, and Stanford.
The young, talented Pacific team was outwitted by the veteran leadership of their opponents. Moving forward, the Tigers seek to improve upon their finish in the MPSF standings from a year ago.
Coach Joe Wortmann was impressed by the leadership of his returning starters this preseason, as well as some outstanding performances from the new freshman on the team. Leading the team throughout the preseason was senior libero Javier Caceres, who is coming off of his third-straight All-MPSF selection.
Also leading the team in preseason are returning middle blockers Tommy Carmody, junior, and Marty Ross, sophomore. Both players were dominant blocking threats throughout the preseason and also were very effective hitters. Carmody posted 36 kills and hit .381, Ross finished with 35 kills and hit .385.
Sophomore outside hitters Peter Edwards and Christian Franceschi were effective hitters and dominant from the service line, as well, tying for the team lead in aces with eight. Franceschi was also second the team in kills with 56 and hit .321.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the preseason came from freshman Thomas Hodges, leading the team in kills with 65 while maintaining a hitting efficiency of .372. Also performing well was freshman middle blocker Matthew Dorn, who tallied 25 kills on 43 attempts, hitting an outstanding .512.
Pacific will open the season January 3-4 in Santa Barbara at the UCSB Tournament, with the home opener coming a week later against Grand Canyon, Jan. 10.