Barboza Leads US to Opening Win at Pan Am Cup
June 22, 2007
Colima, Mexico - Stanford's Cynthia Barboza led the US Women's National Volleyball Team to a 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16 tournament-opening win over Argentina yesterday at the Pan American Cup in Colima, Mexico. The Cardinal All-American outside hitter paced Team USA with 15 points, scoring 13 kills on 25 swings to go with two aces. She added a team-high six digs on defense, while providing 16 excellent serve receptions on 24 attempts.
The U.S. converted 48 percent of its attacks into kills, while holding the Argentina offense to a 34 percent conversion rate. On the downside, Argentina scored six points off aces while the Americans managed just two. Argentina also held a 9-4 advantage in team blocks.
After dropping the first match, Barboza powered the US team back in the second. She tallied a kill and ace during a 4-0 run after Argentina gained an early 2-0 advantage and later helped the US build a commanding seven-point lead at 17-10 with three kills during 7-3 run.
Behind Barboza's offense, the US went on to win a close 25-23 decision in the third game, before cruising to a 25-16 win in the fourth.
Team USA (1-0), ranked seventh in the latest FIVB world ranking, faces Costa Rica (0-1) at noon Central Daylight Time today as it continues Pool A action.