Stanford Lands Three on AVCA All-America First Team
Dec. 17, 2008
Stanford, Calif. - Three Cardinal volleyball players were named AVCA First-Team All-Americans when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its selections today. As members of the first team, senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza and sophomore outside hitter Alix Klineman were deemed among the nation's top 14 players.
The selections bring Stanford's total AVCA All-America award count to 59 honors spread over 23 players. It is the second time in school history (and the second time in two years) that the program has had three first-team honorees. Last season, Barboza, Akinradewo and setter Bryn Kehoe were first-team selections.
Akinradewo becomes the school's seventh four-time AVCA All-American, joining former Stanford greats Kristin Klein '92, Bev Oden '93, Kristin Folkl '98, Kerri Walsh '00, Logan Tom '03 and Ogonna Nnamani '05. Barboza and Akinradewo join Klein, Oden, Walsh, Tom and Kim Oden '86 as the only Stanford players to earn first-team accolades three or more times.
Akinradewo was a second-team selection as a freshman in 2005 and has been a first-team pick the last three years. The Plantation, Fla. native has claimed the last two Pac-10 Player of the Year awards and currently ranks third in the nation with a .462 hitting percentage and fifth in the nation with 1.46 blocks per set. The senior also chips in 3.19 kills per set going into this week's NCAA semifinal match against Texas.
Barboza, a Long Beach, Calif. native., earned her third consecutive first-team honor. In leading the Cardinal to its third straight Pac-10 title, the senior recorded 14 double-doubles and averaged 3.47 kills per set and 2.97 digs per set. Heading into the final weekend of her career, she has already etched her name as one of the school's career leaders in kills (1,609), digs (1,210) and service aces (115).
Klineman, a second-team selection as a freshman last season, earned her inaugural first-team award this year. The Manhattan Beach, Calif. native leads the squad with 3.55 kills per set, and has been one of the Pac-10's leaders in both kills and points this season. She was the only underclassman to earn a spot on the first team.
Penn State, Texas and Stanford were the only schools to nab multiple first-team selections, as players from the three clubs took 10 of the 14 spots. The Pac-10 nabbed five of the first team spots, with California's Hana Cutura and UCLA's Nellie Spicer also receiving top honors.
The awards will be presented Friday at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.