Barboza Helps U.S. to Three More Wins

June 26, 2007

Colima, Mexico - Stanford's Cynthia Barboza helped the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to three more wins in pool play at the Pan American Cup this weekend in Colima, Mexico. The squad defeated Costa Rica on Friday, Trinidad and Tobago on Sunday and host Mexico on Monday night.

After defeating Argentina in the opening match of the tournament, the team rolled past Costa Rica on Friday 25-14, 25-15, 25-13. Barboza started at outside hitter for the second-straight match and landed 10 points on five kills, four aces, a block and a match-high five digs.

The team then moved one step closer to winning its preliminary round pool by sweeping Trinidad and Tobago 25-8, 25-9, 25-5 on Sunday.

On Monday night, the team topped Mexico 25-18, 25-12, 25-11. With the win, the team earned itself two days off and bypassed the tournament's quarterfinal round by winning Pool A with a 5-0 record and qualified for the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix. The match was played in front of a capacity crowd of 2,500 fans. Barboza started her third game of the tournament at outside hitter and led the team in scoring for the second time in pool play with 13 points on nine kills, three aces and a block.

Team USA advances to the semifinals on Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m. CDT and will face the quarterfinal winner of Brazil and Argentina.

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