Cynthia Barboza Named To ESPN <i>The Magazine</i> Academic All-District Team

Nov. 6, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza has been selected as a member of the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America today. As a member of the first team, she will appear on the ballot for 2008 Academic All-America honors.

Barboza, a two-time first-team All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, is one of the top offensive and defensive players for the second-ranked Cardinal. She has led Stanford to back-to-back Pac-10 titles and appearances in the NCAA championship match, and currently has the team on pace to repeat those feats. Averaging 3.44 kps and 3.90 pps, she is among the Pac-10 leaders in both categories and leads the team with nine double-doubles. She also ranks second on the team with 2.89 dps. Barboza spent the 2008 offseason training with United States National Team and was one of two current collegiate players to be selected as an alternate for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Barboza is a political science major at Stanford with a 3.33 GPA. Last season, she was also a first-team all-district selection and went on to become Stanford's first Academic All-American since Ogonna Nnamani was honored in 2004. She was one of two Academic All-Americans from the Pac-10 last year and the only Pac-10 player to be both an Academic All-American and an AVCA All-American. She is now in contention to join two-time honoree Kristin Folkl and three-time honoree Nnamani as the only Cardinal players to earn multiple Academic All-America awards.

A two-time Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention selection, Barboza joins Washington's Jenna Hagglund and Jill Collymore as the three Pac-10 representatives on this year's University Division District 8 First Team.

To be nominated, a student-athlete must be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for his/her career and have reached sophomore athletic and academic standing.

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