Cynthia Barboza Named AVCA National Player of the Week
Oct. 8, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Cardinal junior Cynthia Barboza has been named the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week, announced the American Volleyball Coaches Association today. The outside hitter had double-doubles in both Stanford wins this weekend.
Barboza recorded her best weekend of the season, pounding the Oregon schools with 35 kills in six games (5.83 per game) and recording double-doubles in both matches to help the Cardinal improve to 16-0. Barboza not only led the team in kills, but hit better than she has all year, turning in a season-high .486 clip on Thursday, a .455 clip on Friday and a .471 clip for the weekend. On defense, the Long Beach, Calif. native also put up impressive numbers, adding 4.17 digs per game to the team effort.
Barboza's first team-leading performance came Thursday night, when she posted 17 kills and 13 digs in a sweep of the Beavers. On Friday night, Barboza made the difference against the No. 19 Ducks, once again leading the team with 18 kills and 12 digs. In the critical moments of game two, with Stanford down 29-27, Barboza stepped up with a kill, then watched a Duck attack go out of bounds to turn things around and eventually see the Cardinal to the win. Barboza kept the momentum in game three, delivering seven kills in the final game to finish off Stanford's 12th sweep of the year and extend the team's winning streak to 16 matches, the longest since the 2001 season. Barboza's pair of double-doubles were her ninth and tenth on the season.
Barboza's honor is the 11th time a player from Stanford has earned the Sports Imports/AVCA Division I National Player of the Week. The previous Cardinal to earn the honor was Bryn Kehoe on Nov. 27, 2006.
The Cardinal hosts Washington State on Thursday and squares off with No. 8 Washington Friday night. Both matches are set for 7 p.m. at Maples Pavilion.