Stanford Trio Nabs AVCA All-Pacific Region Honors
Dec. 10, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Three Cardinal women's volleyball players were named to the All-Pacific Region Team when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its selections today. Senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and sophomore outside hitter Alix Klineman were listed among the top 14 players in the nation's most competitive region.
Akinradewo earned a spot on the team for the fourth time in her career, while Barboza was honored for the third time. Klineman, the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year last season, nabbed a spot on the team for the second year in a row. All three players went on the become AVCA All-Americans last season.
Stanford's three selections tied for the most of any school in the region, as Oregon also had three players listed in the top 14. Eleven of the 14 players picked were from the Pac-10 Conference. All of the selections are now eligible to become 2008 AVCA All-Americans.
Akinradewo, the defending AVCA National Player of the Year, currently paces the Pac-10 and ranks third in the nation with a .458 hitting percentage. She also chips in 3.17 kps and ranks among the nation's top 10 with 1.45 bps heading into this weekend's NCAA Regional. She becomes the ninth four-time all-region pick in school history, and the first since Ogonna Nnamani was honored in four straight years (2001-04). She is now in contention to become the seventh four-time AVCA All-American in program history.
Barboza, a Long Beach, Calif. native, has recorded 14 double-doubles this year, and enters regional play averaging 3.57 kills per set and 3.01 digs per set. She also ranks among the top-10 in the Pac-10 in both kills and points.
Klineman leads the team with 3.60 kills per set and is also among the Pac-10's leaders in both kills and points. The Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year last season, she was one of only two underclassmen to earn a spot on the team.
Stanford continues NCAA Tournament play on Friday, meeting 15th-seeded Florida at 7 p.m. (MT) in Fort Collins, Colo. The 2008 All-America teams will be announced on Dec. 17.