Cynthia Barboza Tabbed Toyo Tires Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year

Dec. 5, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - Senior Cynthia Barboza has been named the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for volleyball, as announced by the conference in conjunction with Toyo Tires today. The awards, given in each of the Pac-10's 22 sponsored sports, have been established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

The Long Beach, Calif. native was one of six honorees for fall sports, joining Alex Mack (California/Football), George John (Washington/Men's Soccer), Galen Rupp (Oregon/Men's Cross Country), Nicole Dobrzynski (Oregon/Women's Soccer) and Jenna Kingma (Arizona State/Women's Cross Country).

A two-time first-team AVCA All-American and three-time All-Pac-10 selection, Barboza is one of the top offensive and defensive players for the second-ranked Cardinal. She has led Stanford to three straight Pac-10 titles and appearances in the last two NCAA championship matches. Averaging 3.54 kps and 4.02 pps, she is among the Pac-10 leaders in both categories and leads the team with 13 double-doubles. Barboza spent the 2008 offseason training with United States National Team and was one of two current collegiate players selected as an alternate for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Off the court, Barboza is majoring in political science with a focus in international relations and boasts a 3.34 GPA. A two-time ESPN/Cosida Academic All-American, Barboza is the only AVCA All-American in the Pac-10 to also earn Academic All-America honors the last two years. The outside hitter has also earned Pac-10 All-Academic Honorable Mention the last three seasons.

Each Pac-10 institution nominates one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-10 staff members at the conclusion of each sport's regular season. The athletic accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in the voting for the award.

'The Pac-10 welcomes Toyo Tires' sponsorship of the Conference's Student-Athlete of the Year Awards, and joins Toyo in recognizing these student-athletes during the 2008-09 academic year,' said Tom Hansen, Commissioner of the Pac-10. 'To be selected as the best student-athlete in any sport in the Pac-10 is a very special honor, and these are special young people, in academics as well as athletics. We are very appreciative that Toyo is helping them gain the recognition they deserve for their unique achievements.'

The Scholar-Athletes of the Year in each sport will receive a commemorative award. Toyo will donate $1,000 to the scholarship funds of the institution's athletic department of each winner in recognition of their accomplishments. The nomination and awarding process continues from now until May 2009.

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