Foluke Akinradewo Named <i>Volleyball Magazine</i> Co-National Player of the Year
Jan. 21, 2009
Stanford, Calif. - Stanford senior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo was tabbed one of the 2008 Under Armour/Volleyball Magazine Women's College Co-Players of the Year, as announced by Volleyball Magazine in its February issue.
Akinradewo, who was selected as the national player of the year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association last season, becomes the fourth player in school history to earn a national player of the year award in two different years. She shared the nation's top honor with Penn State's Nicole Fawcett this season.
Akinradewo finished third nationally in hitting percentage (.457) and fourth nationally in blocking (1.47 bps) in 2008, both marks which paced the Pac-10. The senior finished her career with the best hitting percentage ever recorded by an NCAA Division I player (.446), breaking the previous record (.423) set by Virag Domokos of George Mason in 1996 by more than 20 points. She also posted the second-best single-season hitting percentage in Pac-10 and school history, coming in only behind the record of .499 she set in 2007. In helping Stanford to its third consecutive Pac-10 title and a third straight run to the national title match, Akinradewo led the team with 4.17 points per set and was third on the team with 3.19 kills per set.
Joining Akinradewo on the Volleyball Magazine All-America First Team were senior Cynthia Barboza and sophomore Alix Klineman. The pair of outside hitters paced Stanford offensively and ranked among the conference's top players in both kills and points.
Barboza finished the year with a team-best 16 double-doubles, was named the program's first two-time Academic All-American since 2004 and was tabbed the Pac-10 Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Along with Akinradewo, she joined Stanford's elite 1,500-kill club, and, in October, became just the seventh Stanford player since 1986 to record both 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. She finished her Stanford career in December with ranked ninth in program history in kills (1,639), sixth in digs (1,241) and ninth in service aces (115).
Klineman, the Volleyball Magazine National Freshman of the Year last season, led the Cardinal with 3.61 kps in 2008, and earned a spot on the NCAA Final Four All-Tournament Team for the second year in a row. She reached the midpoint of her career with 914 kills, 586 digs and 154 blocks.
Akinradewo, also a four-time AVCA All-American, earned her fourth consecutive Volleyball Magazine All-America honor. Barboza was named to the first-team for the third straight year, while Klineman earned her second first-team nod in two years.
Akinradewo is the fourth player in school history to be honored with a national player of the year award in two different seasons. Kim Oden (AVCA 1985/VB Magazine 1984, 1985), Cary Wendell (AVCA 1995/VB Magazine 1994) and Logan Tom (AVCA 2001, 2002/VB Magazine 2001) were the only other Cardinal players to be honored in two different years.