Barboza, Akinradewo Lead US to Medal Round at Pan Am Games

July 16, 2007

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil -

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Stanford's Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo helped the US Women's National Volleyball Team to a 2-1 record in Pool B competition at the Pan Am Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil this weekend. After opening the tournament with wins over Costa Rica and Puerto Rico over the weekend, the American team completed pool play with a loss to Cuba today.

The US opened the tournament with a 25-9, 25-19, 25-12 win Saturday afternoon over Costa Rica at Maracanazinho Gymnasium. The Stanford duo contributed 10 points apiece in the victory. Barboza picked up eight kills and two blocks, while Akinradewo picked up three aces to reach her double-digit points.

On Sunday, the second day of action, the US overcame a slow start to defeat Puerto Rico, 21-25, 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 and earn an automatic spot in the medal round. Akinradewo scored 12 kills on 20 attacks, one block and one ace for 14 points. Barboza tacked on 12 points with 10 kills, an ace and block.

Today, Akinradewo led Team USA with 10 points on nine kills and an ace and Barboza turned in seven kills as the team lost to Cuba 25-16, 25-23, 25-15.

After an off-day tomorrow, the US returns to action against Brazil, the winner of Pool A, in semifinal action on Wednesday at either 3 p.m. or 10 p.m. The championship and bronze medal matches will take place on Thursday.

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