Stanford Overcomes 0-2 Deficit To Stun Texas In NCAA Semifinal
Dec. 18, 2008
Omaha, Neb. - A year ago, Stanford forced a fifth set in the NCAA title match and nearly pulled off the one of the biggest comebacks in Final Four history. Tonight, the Cardinal actually did it.
For the first time ever, a team fought back from an 0-2 deficit to win an NCAA semifinal match, as the second-seeded Stanford Cardinal raced back to defeat the third-seeded Texas Longhorns tonight, 20-25, 18-25, 25-15, 25-22, 15-13.
It took all that Stanford's three All-American hitters could muster, but in the end Alix Klineman, Cynthia Barboza and Foluke Akinradewo played one of the best matches of their careers. Klineman paced the team with 20 kills, while Akinradewo slammed 17 on .452 hitting and provided six critical blocks. It was senior Cynthia Barboza who stole the show in the improbable comeback, however, recording 15 of her 19 kills in the final three sets.
Stanford moves on to Saturday's NCAA title match, reaching the coveted match of the third year in a row. The Cardinal will face the winner of the Penn State-Nebraska match in progress.
Full recap to follow...
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