Meet The Cardinal: Cynthia Barboza

Sept. 17, 2008

Senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza is a two-time All-American from Long Beach Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif. Consistently recognized as one of the nation's top players since coming to The Farm three years ago, Cynthia is on pace to finish her career at Stanford as one of the school's all-time leaders in kills, service aces and digs. She spent the offseason training with the U.S. National Team in Colorado Springs, and was an alternate for the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team. As one of the team captains this year, Cynthia is once again one of the top all-around players on the squad (2.87 kps, 2.73 dps) and will provide integral veteran leadership as the team makes a run towards the 2008 national title.

When did you start playing volleyball?

I started playing volleyball in 1998 after my mom took me to watch a Long Beach State women's volleyball game. That was back when Misty May was playing there and she instantly became my idol. I started out playing for Seal Beach VBC, but one day I was tagging along with my friend Paige to a private lesson she had with former Long Beach State setter Joy McKienzie (now Fuerbringer...she married former Stanford men's volleyball player Matt Fuerbringer), and Joy told me I should come play for her and so I did. Joy coached me from age 12 all through high school and taught me just about everything I know.

How would you spend a day with no school or volleyball?

Honestly it doesn't matter where I go or what I do just as long as I get to spend time with the people that I love. In season, we have a lot of time commitments and it's hard to make time to just sit down and catch up with friends, so that's probably what I'd do.

Anything you're 'addicted to' or spend a lot of time doing?

I am absolutely addicted to The Office, a show on NBC. It's just so funny...

What has been your best memory so far with Stanford volleyball?

I don't know if this qualifies as a memory but my favorite thing about Stanford volleyball has been the class I came in with. The five of us have this weird, sometimes twisted, but wonderful connection and they are four of my best friends. We've been through a lot together and I couldn't have done it without them.

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