Cynthia Barboza Earns Second Straight Academic All-America Honor

Nov. 25, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza has been named to the 2008 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America today.

The Long Beach, Calif. native, who was a second-team Academic All-American last season, was recognized as one of the top six players in the nation for her efforts both on the court and in the classroom.

A two-time first-team AVCA All-American and All-Pac-10 selection, Barboza is one of the top offensive and defensive players for the second-ranked Cardinal. She has led Stanford three straight Pac-10 titles and appearances in the last two NCAA championship matches. Averaging 3.43 kps and 3.93 pps, she is among the Pac-10 leaders in both categories and leads the team with 13 double-doubles. She also ranks second on the team with 3.11 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. A two-time Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention pick, Barboza joined third-team honoree Jill Collymore of Washington as the only two Academic All-Americans from the Pac-10 Conference. She was one of four returning AVCA All-Americans honored, and joined Penn State's Christa Harmotto as the only players to earn a spot on the first team for both awards.

Barboza is just the third player in school history to earn multiple Academic All-American honors, joining Ogonna Nnamani (2002, 2003, 2004) and Kristin Folkl (1996, 1997). Last season, she became the program's seventh Academic All-American, following in the footsteps of Susan Compton (1984), Deidra Dvorak (1984), Kim Oden (1984), Terri Bryson (1985), Folkl and Nnamani.

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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