Stanford Sweeps Conference Volleyball Awards
Nov. 26, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - After clinching the Pac-10 Championship outright last week and earning the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Cardinal women's volleyball team has a few more accomplishments to add to its list. Stanford swept the 2007 Pac-10 awards, as junior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo was named Pac-10 Player of the Year, freshman outside hitter Alix Klineman was named Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and Head Coach John Dunning was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year.
Klineman and Akinradewo earned spots on the All-Pac-10 Team, as did senior setter Bryn Kehoe and junior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza. Klineman was also a member of the seven-player Pac-10 All-Freshman Team. Fellow newcomer Gabi Ailes, who was one of the top five players in the league with 4.34 digs per game, earned All-Freshman Team Honorable Mention.
Akinradewo, a Plantation, Fla. native, joins the ranks of greats such as Logan Tom, Ogonna Nnamani, Kerri Walsh and Kristin Folkl as Stanford's 12th all-time Pac-10 Player of the Year. A three-time All-Pac-10 selection, Akinradewo led the league in hitting percentage (.493) this season, and was among the conference's statistical leaders in kills per game (4.01, 9th), blocks per game (1.20, 8th) and points per game (4.85, 5th). She earned Pac-10 Player of the Week honors twice, and helped the Cardinal defend its Pac-10 title with a 27-2 record and a 16-2 mark in conference play. Her season hitting percentage currently leads the nation, and is on pace to break the Pac-10 single-season record.
Klineman, an outside hitter from Manhattan Beach, Calif., is the 10th Stanford player, and fifth in the last seven years, to earn Pac-10 Freshman of the Year honors. She helped guide the Cardinal to its 11th Pac-10 title while averaging a team-leading 4.12 kills per game (sixth in the Pac-10). Klineman, who was the only freshman named to the All-Pac-10 Team, also posted 2.33 digs per game and 0.69 blocks per game.
Dunning earned his second Pac-10 Coach of the Year honor after guiding Stanford to the conference title and one of its best regular-season records in program history. Dunning currently has the Cardinal ranked No. 4 in the AVCA/CSTV Top 25 poll, and is taking the squad into the NCAA Tournament as the top seed. Dunning has a career record of 640-134 (.827) in 23 seasons, including a record of 203-32 (.864) in seven seasons at Stanford.
Kehoe and Barboza were both named to the All-Pac-10 Team for the second straight year. Kehoe led the league in assists with 14.14 per game this season, while turning in 14 double-doubles. Barboza was second on the team with 4.01 kpg, and led the team with 30 service aces and 17 double-doubles on the year.
The Cardinal opens the postseason this weekend, hosting the First and Second Rounds at Maples Pavilion. Minnesota and Sacramento State will meet in the first match at 5 p.m. on Friday, and Stanford will take on Santa Clara in the second match that night at 7:30 p.m. The winners will meet in a Second Round match at 8 p.m. on Saturday night.
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