Cynthia Barboza Named an Academic All-American
Nov. 28, 2007
Stanford, Calif. - Junior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza has been named an Academic All-American, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America today. Barboza, who was named to the Second Team, was among 18 players in the nation to earn a spot on one of three teams for accomplishments in the classroom and on the court.
A 2006 first-team All-American and two-time All-Conference selection, Barboza is one of the top offensive players for the fourth-ranked Cardinal. The Long Beach, Calif. native has already recorded a career-best 17 double-doubles this year, is second on the team with 4.01 kpg and 3.34 dpg, and leads the team with 30 service aces. She is among the top-10 players in the Pac-10 in kills and service aces, and helped the Cardinal claim its second consecutive Pac-10 Championship and earn the top seed in the 2007 NCAA Tournament. Barboza was a starter for the United States National Team this summer at the 2007 Pan Am Cup in Colima, Mexico and the 2007 Pan Am Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, and had been invited to train with the team this spring.
Barboza is an a Science, Technology and Society major at Stanford with a 3.35 GPA. A Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection last year, Barboza joined Washington State's Tara West as the two representatives from the Pac-10 on this year's Academic All-America teams.
Barboza is Stanford's first Academic All-American since 2004, when Ogonna Nnamani earned her third consecutive honor. She is the seventh Academic All-American in program history, following in the footsteps of Susan Compton (1984), Deidra Dvorak (1984), Kim Oden (1984), Terri Bryson (1985), Kristin Folkl (1996, 1997) and Ogonna Nnamani (2002, 2003, 2004).
To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.