Stanford Duo Helps US to Bronze Medal at Pan Am Games

July 20, 2007

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - Stanford's Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo helped the US Women's Volleyball Team claim a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil yesterday. After falling to host Brazil in the semifinals on Wednesday, the Americans bounced back and topped Peru in the bronze medal match to take third place.

After finishing second with a 2-1 record in pool play, the US met Brazil in the semifinals and fell in three games, 25-13, 25-20, 25-20. Barboza topped the US in scoring with 11 points, all on kills, and 25 attacks. Akinradewo chipped in seven points on six kills and a block.

In the bronze medal match, the team swept Peru, 25-22, 25-22, 25-22. Akinradewo was second on the team with 14 points from the middle with 12 kills and two blocks. Barboza added nine points on eight kills and an ace to go with a team-high 16 digs.

Notably, Barboza and Akinradewo, both rising juniors, were the two youngest players on the US Pan Am Games squad. The Stanford players were two of only three current college volleyball players to compete for the US at the Games.

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