Stanford Sets Sights on Seventh NCAA Championship

Dec. 10, 2007

Stanford, Calif. - THIS WEEK: Just four teams remain, and the Stanford women's volleyball team is among them. The Cardinal will face off with an elite group of contenders for the 2007 NCAA Championship this week. Top-seeded Stanford battles fifth-seeded USC in the first National Semifinal on Thursday at 6 p.m. at ARCO Arena in Sacramento. The winner will face off with either Penn State or California in the NCAA Championship match on Saturday at 6 p.m.

CATCH THE CARDINAL: All three NCAA Final Four matches will be televised live by the ESPN networks. Stanford's 6 p.m. semifinal will air live on both ESPNU and ESPN2, while the 8 p.m. semifinal between Penn State and Cal will air live on ESPNU and tape-delayed on ESPN2. The NCAA Championship match will be broadcast live on ESPN2. Fans can also catch all of the action involving the Cardinal live on KZSU radio (90.1 FM) or online at kzsulive.stanford.edu. Tickets are available online at www.SacSports.com, or by calling (916) 649-TIXS.

THE ROAD TO SACRAMENTO: Stanford won a four-game battle with UCLA on Saturday night in the Regional Final to advance to this week's National Semifinals. In the Regional title match, the Cardinal players brought out their best, as senior setter Bryn Kehoe had a career-best 76 assists, opposite hitter Erin Waller registered a career-high 19 kills, and freshman Alix Klineman had the best night of her young collegiate career with 24 kills and 23 digs. Cynthia Barboza delivered 21 kills and 18 digs in the match, while Foluke Akinradewo was named the NCAA Regional MVP with 18 kills. Akinradewo led the Cardinal with 15 kills in the Regional Semifinal sweep of Cal Poly and Barboza and Akinradewo both had 16 kills in the NCAA Second Round win over Sacramento State. Klineman ripped 19 kills, hit .425 and put up a career-high seven blocks to lead the team to victory over Santa Clara in the First Round.

FAMILIAR FOES: The participants in this year's National Semifinals are no strangers to Stanford or each other. Three teams are members of the Pac-10 Conference and located within a couple hundred miles of each other in the state of California. Seven matches have already been played between the Final Four qualifiers this year. Stanford is 4-1 in those matches, USC is 3-1, Cal is 0-4 and Penn State is 0-1. Stanford has at least one win this season over all three fellow qualifiers.

SEPTEMBER DEJA VU: Between Sept. 15 and Sept. 27, Stanford went 3-0 in a stretch of matches with some of the top competition in the nation, knocking off Penn State, California and USC in three consecutive matches. Sound familiar? Coincidentally, those three teams are what now stands between Stanford and its seventh NCAA title. The Cardinal only needs to replay that late September stretch to finish the season on top.

CHAMPIONSHIP VETERANS: Stanford is making a return trip to the NCAA Finals for the first time since 2002, and is the only member of this year's field to be making back-to-back trips to vollyeball's largest stage. Penn State has not been to the National Semifinals since it won the national title in 1999, and is making its sixth trip overall. USC is making its eighth trip, with the one prior coming in 2004, and Cal is heading to a National Semifinal for the first time in school history. Stanford is the veteran of the group, as the school has been among the final quartet more times than any program in the nation, and will be making its 17th appearance in the Finals this season. USC has won the title on three of its prior trips, Penn State has won once and Stanford has won an unprecedented six times.

TOP OF THE HEAP: Stanford entered this year's tournament as the overall No. 1 seed, earning the top spot for the first time since the field was expanded to 64 teams in 1998. The Cardinal posted a 27-2 record during the regular-season while playing the toughest schedule in the country to earn the No. 1 nod.

BEEN THERE, DONE THAT: This year marks the Cardinal's 27th-straight NCAA appearance. Stanford is one of only two schools to have appeared in every NCAA Tournament since the NCAA Championships began in 1981, with Penn State being the only other program to appear in all 27 events. Stanford has won more NCAA Championships (6), made more Final Four appearances (17) and won more NCAA Tournament matches (86) than any program in the nation.

PAC-10 POWER: The Pac-10 Conference once again exerted its dominance this weekend, as three conference squads claimed Regional Championships and waltzed into the National Semifinals. The Pac-10 has won five of the last six NCAA titles and, including 2007, has sent six or more teams to the NCAA Tournament in each of the last eight years. The National Semifinals have included three Pac-10 teams in three of the last four years. Six Pac-10 teams are currently ranked in the top-10 and five were seeded in this year's NCAA Tournament. So far, Pac-10 teams are 16-1 against non-conference teams in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, and there is a likely chance that, of the six teams that made the tournament, only one will be knocked out by a non-Pac-10 foe. Stanford won an unprecedented 11th Pac-10 title this season, no easy feat considering the strength of this year's competition.

THROUGH THE ROOF: Stanford players have solid numbers to begin with, but since the 2007 NCAA Tournament began, a few have put up some numbers that are simply incredible. Setter Bryn Kehoe, who leads the nation with 14.50 apg, has turned in a whopping 17.23 apg mark in this year's NCAA Tournament. Freshman Alix Klineman, who averaged just over two digs per game during the regular season, has nearly as many digs as Stanford's standout libero in the NCAA Tournament (4.08 dpg). All five Stanford hitters are averaging more kills per game than they did during the regular-season, and four are hitting well above .300. The highlights? Klineman is averaging 4.85 kpg in the Championships and Akinradewo is hitting .562.

DIGS GALORE: Gabi Ailes has already rewritten the Cardinal dig records this season, and the freshman has all but ensured that she will set another one yet. With 498 digs, Ailes is in position to shatter the Stanford single-season dig record against USC on Thursday, as she is just four short of the all-time mark set by Kristin Richards in 2004 (502). Ailes shattered a single-match dig record with 31 on Oct. 27, and bested the record set by Kristin Klein in 1988 for the most digs recorded by a freshman on Nov. 8. Should she keep her current pace (4.33 dpg), she will land second on the program's single-season digs per game chart. Her 31 digs against USC was just the third 30+ dig performance in Stanford history, and bested the previous record (30) set by Kerri Walsh and Lisa Sharpley in 1997. Against Washington in early November, Ailes 29 digs also made the program's top-10 single-match performances (4th).

THE VIEW FROM THE TOP: The single-season dig record isn't the only one that is likely to fall against USC on Thursday. Senior setter Bryn Kehoe is just 27 assists short of her own single-season assist mark that was set in 2004 (1,637). Kehoe is the most accomplished setter in Stanford history, after shattering the program's all-time assist record on Oct. 12. Needing 43 assists in the match against Washington to top the previous record (5,003) set by Wendy Rush in 1987, Kehoe out-did herself with 62. The record-breaker was a ball lofted to teammate Cynthia Barboza to give Stanford a 28-23 lead in game three. A two-time All-American, Kehoe became the first freshman in a single-setter offense to win a National Championship in 2004, and now is looking to bookend her career with another title. In the NCAA Regional Final against UCLA, Kehoe had the best night of her career with 76 assists. Going into the week, she leads the nation with 14.50 apg and has 5,824 for her career. Should she finish the season at her current pace, she will also shatter both the Stanford single-season and career assists per game marks. Her career assist mark is currently third in Pac-10 history.

SWEET HOME CALIFORNIA: The Cardinal's postseason run has a beginning, middle and end in California this season, as Stanford will go no further than its own backyard for a postseason match. Stanford hosted the first two rounds of action, before putting on an NCAA Regional last weekend. Stanford is located only 126 miles from the 2007 Championship site, ARCO Arena in Sacramento.

PAC-10 CHAMPS!: Stanford claimed the Pac-10 Championship outright on Nov. 23 with a thrilling five-game victory over No. 7 California. The title was the Cardinal's 14th all-time conference championship and unprecedented 11th since the Pac-10 was organized in 1986. Stanford successfully defended its 2006 championship, posting the program's first repeat title since Stanford won six straight in the late 1990s.

THE TOUGH ROAD: At 31-2, Stanford boasts one of the best records in the nation, but the feat is even more impressive when the challenging road the squad took to get there is taken into consideration. The Cardinal's schedule has been the toughest in the nation, as the squad has met 17 members of the current top-25, and is the only school in the nation to have beaten 15 of them. Stanford leads the nation in wins over ranked opponents (15), and Penn State is second with 12. Rounding out the nation's remaining teams, USC has 11 and Cal has six. Of Stanford's 31 wins, 19 are over teams that made this year's NCAA Tournament.

CLEANING UP THE CONFERENCE AWARDS: The Cardinal was well-recognized when the 2007 Pac-10 awards were announced at the conclusion of the regular-season. Stanford swept the yearly awards for the first time since 2001, as John Dunning was named Coach of the Year, Foluke Akinradewo was named Player of the Year and Alix Klineman was named Freshman of the Year. Klineman, Akinradewo, Bryn Kehoe and Cynthia Barboza all earned spots on the All-Pac-10 Team, with Klineman being the only freshman to make the squad. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native also earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team, and Gabi Ailes nabbed All-Freshman Honorable Mention. In 2001, Dunning won Coach of the Year in his first year at the helm of the Cardinal, Logan Tom won Player of the Year, Ogonna Nnamani won Freshman of the Year and Stanford won the NCAA title.

THE REGION'S BEST: Four Stanford players earned spots in the 12-player AVCA All-Pacific Region Team last week. Alix Klineman was named the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, and was the only rookie to make the All-Region Team. Cynthia Barboza, Bryn Kehoe and Foluke Akinradewo were all repeat members of the All-Region Team this season. All four players are now in contention for All-America honors.

OPPONENT WOES: Opponents have had a difficult time getting much going offensively against Stanford, a fact shown not only by the Cardinal's 31-2 record, but by the list of opponents' hitting percentages. Of Stanford's 33 opponents, 24 have hit below .200, with four not even able to hit .100. Penn State (.268), Long Beach State (.256), USC (.284) and UCLA (.270) are the only clubs to hit more than .250 against the Cardinal this year, and no one has been able to reach .300. By contrast, Stanford has hit above .300 20 times, above .400 seven times and only four clubs have held the squad below .250 (Minnesota, Washington State, Washington and Arizona). Stanford recorded its best clip of the season on Oct. 19 at Arizona State, posting a .491 mark with all five hitters coming in above .400. Stanford is the only Pac-10 team hitting over .300, and the Cardinal's season hitting percentage (.319) currently ranks fourth nationally.

HARD TO HANDLE: Foluke Akinradewo is the hardest hitter in the nation for opponents to handle, as the junior middle blocker leads the NCAA in hitting percentage and records a kill more than half of the times she touches the ball (.502). She is just two points shy of the NCAA single-season record of .504 set by Maria Andonova of Florida A&M in 2004 and a stunning 54 points above Nana Meriwether's Pac-10 record set last year (.448). She has hit above .400 in 25 of the Cardinal's 33 matches, with her season-high (.769) being 21 kills on 26 attempts with just one error against Arizona on Nov. 17. Akinradewo set a school record last year, with a .431 season hitting percentage and is in position to shatter that record and many others this season. She is currently hitting at a .441 clip for her career, a mark more than 70 points higher than Sara McGee and Jennifer Detmer, who hold the Stanford career hitting percentage record (.364), 26 points higher than Emily Adams (USC) who holds the Pac-10 career record and 18 points higher than Virag Domokos (George Mason) who holds the NCAA career record.

SOLID DOWN THE STRETCH: Opposite hitter Erin Waller stepped up with arguably the best performances of her career at NCAA Regionals last week. Against Cal Poly, she recorded 12 kills on 15 tries for a career-high .733 hitting percentage. Against UCLA in the Regional Final, Waller tallied a career-high 19 kills to earn a spot on the All-Tournament Team. Eight of Waller's nine double-figure performances have come in the last 12 matches. The junior hit .319 in Pac-10 matches this year to rank seventh in hitting percentage in conference play.

DOUBLE-DOUBLE DUTY: Junior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza has recorded a career-high 18 double-doubles this year. Barboza recorded six double-doubles before suffering an ACL injury as a freshman in 2005, and posted 13 double-doubles as a sophomore last season. Barboza is one of the team's top all-around players with 4.06 kpg and 3.30 dpg, and leads the team with 31 service aces. Freshman Alix Klineman also is getting her share of double-doubles (9) as is senior Bryn Kehoe (16). All three double-double machines added one to their totals against UCLA in the Regional Final last Saturday night.

FRESHMAN PHENOM: Alix Klineman, the Cardinal's tenth all-time Pac-10 Freshman of the Year winner, has been compared to some of Stanford's greatest newcomers in program history. After her first 32 collegiate matches, Klineman is averaging 4.21 kills per game, a mark right in the mix of Stanford's National Freshman of the Year winners. Cary Wendell averaged 3.15 kpg as a freshman in 1992, while Kerri Walsh averaged 4.78 kpg as a freshman in 1996. Logan Tom averaged 4.63 in 1999, Ogonna Nnamani averaged 3.89 in 2001 and Kristin Richards averaged 3.38 in 2003. All five won the National Freshman of the Year award following those seasons.

SENIOR CONSISTENCY: Senior Franci Girard has been chipping in a steady stream of kills since the conference season began, and the middle blocker added 15 more in the NCAA Regionals last week. Girard is currently ninth in the Pac-10 with a .320 hitting percentage.

MILESTONE FOR DUNNING: Cardinal Head Coach John Dunning earned his 200th win with the Stanford program with the team's sweep at Washington State on Nov. 9. Dunning is now 207-32 (.866) so far at Stanford and, in his seventh season at the helm of the Cardinal, is one of the most accomplished coaches in collegiate volleyball. Dunning has four National Championships under his belt, has taken his teams to nine Final Fours and owns a 62-18 record in the NCAA Tournament. During the 2006 season, he earned his 600th career win. In his first 22 years as a head coach, Dunning was 613-132 (.823), giving him a winning percentage that ranks among the top-five active Division I coaches. Dunning was named Pac-10 Coach of the Year in 2007 for the second time in his career, after winning Big West Coach of the Year honors four times while at University of the Pacific.

FOUR HEAD TO USA TEAM TRYOUTS: Stanford's Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo, both starters on the U.S. Pan Am Games Team this summer, were among three college players invited to train with the U.S. National Team next spring. Akinradewo will begin training with Team USA in January, while Barboza will join the team in March. Two other Stanford players, setter Bryn Kehoe and outside hitter Alix Klineman, were among 13 players invited to attend tryouts Jan. 7-12, 2008, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. Former Cardinal players Ogonna Nnamani, Logan Tom and Kristin Richards are also among the candidates for the 2008 Olympic Team.

MINGLING AMONG THE CAREER TOP-10: Bryn Kehoe, who broke the program's career assist record earlier this year, is not the only current Cardinal player with her name etched in the Stanford career record books, nor is the assist ladder the only one that the senior has climbed this year. In addition to being Stanford's career assist leader, Kehoe is currently seventh on the Stanford career service ace chart (124) and eighth on the career digs chart (1,199). Foluke Akinradewo is ninth with 391 career blocks, and teammates Kehoe and Franci Girard are knocking on the door to make the list. Akinradewo and Cynthia Barboza are also already among the program's all-time top-10 in total attacks.

A START TO BE PROUD OF: Stanford's season-opening win streak ended on Oct. 12, but not before the team reached a number of notable milestones. The team's 11-0 non-conference record and 17-0 start were the program's best in more than a decade, when the 1994 squad won 20 straight and also went undefeated in non-conference play. The loss of just five games in 17 matches was also the best since 1994, no easy feat considering Stanford has won five NCAA titles and been to the Final Four nine times since that historic 1994 run. The 17-match win streak was the longest since the 2001 season, when Stanford rattled off 19 wins on its way to the NCAA title.

DUNNING NABS ANOTHER ONE: The Stanford coaching staff has nabbed another one of the nation's top recruits for the 2008-09 season. Middle blocker Jessica Walker of Houston, Texas signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Cardinal next season. Walker was listed among the top-10 recruits in her class by PrepVolleyball.com and competed on the Junior National A2 team in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. last summer. Noted for her power, quickness, mental aptitude and desire to quickly learn the nuances of the game, Walker will play for the Texas Tornados this club season, before coming to the Farm in the fall.

1,000 TIMES OVER: Foluke Akinradewo became the first current Cardinal player to join Stanford's 1,000-kill club on Oct. 4 against Oregon State, and teammate Cynthia Barboza joined her on Oct. 12 against Washington. Just juniors, Akinradewo and Barboza are already among the program's most accomplished hitters, with 1,262 career kills and 1,194 career kills, respectively. Including Akinradewo and Barboza, only 12 players in Stanford history had accomplished that feat. Bryn Kehoe is currently among 11 Stanford players all-time to notch 1,000 or more career digs.

THE BIG THREE: Stanford has three returning All-Americans this season, and so far, they have been the foundation of Stanford's success. Outside hitter Cynthia Barboza, setter Bryn Kehoe and middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo have stepped up with their best performaces in some of Stanford's biggest matches. Barboza and Kehoe have combined for 34 double-doubles this season, 28 of which have come against ranked opponents. Akinradewo is leading the nation with a .502 hitting percentage, and has hit above .400 in 25 matches. Fourteen of those matches were against ranked foes.

PERFECT BALANCE: With three of the Pac-10's top offensive players on its side, Stanford has one of the most balanced offenses in the country. Alix Klineman, Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo are all averaging more than 4.00 kpg, and Stanford is the only remaining team with three or more 4.00 kpg hitters. Cal and Penn State have two 4.00 kpg hitters each.

SUDDEN IMPACT: Two Stanford freshmen, Alix Klineman and Gabi Ailes, have wasted no time making an impact at the collegiate level. Not only has the pair moved into the starting lineup, but both players have emerged the team's best in their respective specialties. Klineman has posted double-figure kills in 27 matches, has been named the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and leads the team with 4.21 kpg. Ailes, Stanford's libero, has recorded double-digit digs in 30 of the last 32 matches, broke a Stanford single-match dig record and currently leads the team with 4.33 dpg. Ailes and Klineman were named the Gatorade State Player of the Year in their respective home states (Nebraska and California) last year, and Klineman was honored as the Gatorade National Player of the Year.

SWEEPING `EM CLEAN: Of Stanford's 31 wins this season, 21 have been sweeps. The Cardinal has won 96 of its 115 games, and allowed just four matches to go beyond four games. Stanford has swept eight ranked opponents, including then-No. 4 USC and then-No. 5 UCLA in late September.

SUPERSTARS ON AND OFF THE COURT: Stanford's Cynthia Barboza was named a 2007 Academic All-American last week, one of two Pac-10 players to be honored. Eighteen players were earned spots on three All-America teams for accomplishments in the classroom and on the court. A Science, Technology and Society major, Barboza earned a spot on the University Division District 8 First Team earlier this month to nab a spot on the 2007 Academic All-America ballot. Barboza 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). Five Stanford players - Barboza, Bryn Kehoe, Franci Girard, Erin Waller and Jessica Fishburn - earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention last week.

NATIONAL POLL: Stanford remains No. 4 this week in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. The Cardinal held the No. 2 spot for the first eight weeks of the season, dropped to No. 5 after losses to Washington and USC, but climbed back to No. 4 after avenging the loss to Washington. Nebraska, which held onto the top spot for first ten weeks, is No. 2 for the sixth consecutive week, after being overtaken by Penn State for the No. 1 spot. Texas and USC are No. 3 and No. 5, respectively. Six Pac-10 squads - Stanford, UCLA, USC, Cal, Washington and Oregon - are currently in the top-10.

SCOUTING USC: The Trojans (29-4) finished third in the Pac-10, and went undefeated outside of conference play. The squad easily handled Pepperdine in the NCAA First Round, but went five games with Long Beach State and St. John's in the next two matches. In the Regional Final, the Trojans upset fourth-seeded Texas, sweeping the Longhorns to win the Gainesville Regional. Opposite hitter Asia Kaczor, an All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the most dangerous hitters in the nation, averaging a whopping 5.11 kpg. Setter Taylor Carico, who played high school ball with Stanford's Alix Klineman, was also an All-Pac-10 selection and averages 12.73 apg. Junior outside hitter Jessica Gysin is a strong contributor for USC with 3.07 kpg, as is senior outside hitter Diane Copenhagen (2.64 kpg).

SCOUTING PENN STATE: The Nittany Lions (32-2) dominated the Big 10 this season with a perfect 20-0 record, and have won 24 consecutive matches since losing to Stanford on Sept. 15. The squad has yet to lose even a game in the NCAA Tournament, sweeping four unseeded teams (Siena, Albany, Michigan and BYU) to reach the National Semifinals. The Nittany Lions have been ranked No. 1 in the AVCA poll since October but are the overall No. 3 seed in the tournament. Junior middle blocker Christa Harmotto was named the Big 10 Player of the Year, and newcomer Arielle Wilson was the conference's Freshman of the Year. Harmotto joined setter Alisha Glass and outside hitters Megan Hodge and Nicole Fawcett on the All-Big 10 Team, and Wilson and Blair Brown were named to the All-Freshman Team. With a .494 hitting percentage, Harmotto is the only player in the nation who rivals Stanford's Foluke Akinradewo. Fawcett and Hodge chip in 4.47 and 4.60 kpg, respectively to fuel the Penn State offense, while Harmotto's 190 blocks paces the defense.

SCOUTING CALIFORNIA: The Golden Bears (26-7) finished fourth in the Pac-10 and were seeded tenth overall when the 2007 NCAA Tournament field was announced two weeks ago. The squad went four games with Liberty in the First Round, before knocking off Duke on the Blue Devils' home court, 3-1. At the Madison Regional, the Bears dominated Iowa State, and then stunned defending National Champion Nebraska with a three-game sweep. All-Pac-10 selections Angie Pressey and Hana Cutura lead the Golden Bear offense with 4.19 and 4.25 kpg, respectively, and All-Freshman setter Carli Lloyd had been impressive in her rookie campaign with 12.84 apg. Cal is the best blocking team in the Pac-10, thanks to Ellen Orchard, Morgan Beck, Kat Reilly and Lloyd, who all have more than 100 blocks this season.

THE SERIES WITH THE TROJANS: Stanford is 48-18 (.727) all-time against the Trojans, but is 7-8 over the last seven seasons. Stanford handed the Trojans their first loss of the season on Sept. 27 in Maples, sweeping them 30-21, 30-27, 30-21. USC got revenge a month later, however, and handed Stanford a 20-30, 30-25, 30-24, 30-28 defeat at the Galen Center. Stanford and USC have met 10 times in the postseason, and the Cardinal has come out on top in nine of those meetings. USC won the most recent one, however, taking the 2002 NCAA Championship Match in four games.

THE SERIES WITH THE NITTANY LIONS: The Cardinal-Nittany Lion series can be described as nothing but dramatic. Going into this weekend, Stanford holds a slight edge in the series, 5-4, and won a five-game thriller over the Nittany Lions in New Haven, Conn. on Sept. 15. Stanford first met Penn State in the 1992 Regionals, when it knocked the squad out on its way to its first NCAA Championship. In 1997, Penn State handed Stanford its only two losses of the regular season, but the Cardinal prevailed when it counted, winning a five-game thriller for the 1997 NCAA Championship. Two years later, the Nittany Lions got payback, beating the Cardinal in the 1999 NCAA title match. The teams have met four times in the preseason since, with Stanford winning in 2001 and 2007 and the teams exchanging five-game victories in 2004 and 2005. Notably, six of the eight meetings with Penn State prior to this season have occurred in years in which Stanford went on to win the NCAA title.

THE SERIES WITH THE GOLDEN BEARS: Stanford has dominated the series with Cal, going 59-5 (.922) all-time against the rival Golden Bears. The Cardinal has come out on top in each of the last seven meetings, with Cal getting its last win in a five-game match in Berkeley in 2004. This year, despite dropping the first game in both Pac-10 meetings, Stanford prevailed, winning in four games in Berkeley on Sept. 21, and in five games at Maples on Nov. 23. Stanford and Cal met in the postseason for the first time last year, and the Cardinal came away with a 3-0 victory in the Regional Semifinal in Austin, Texas.

WHAT THEY'VE BEEN UP TO: During the off-season, a number of Cardinal players remained in the competitive spotlight. In April, Cynthia Barboza and Bryn Kehoe took to the beach, and took second in CSTV's Powerade Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship in San Diego. In June, Barboza competed with the US National Team at the Pan Am Cup in Colima, Mexico and helped the team to a fourth place finish. In July, Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo started for the US National Team that won a bronze medal at the Pan Am Games in Brazil. Just entering their junior seasons, the Stanford players were the two youngest on the roster, and two of only three current collegiate players. Cardinal newcomers Alix Klineman and Cassidy Lichtman were also active in the off-season, as both were members of the US Junior National Team that finished fourth at the FIVB U-20 Junior World Championships in Thailand.

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