Cardinal Volleyball Recognized Among Nation's Best Academic Programs

July 23, 2009

Stanford, Calif. - The 2008 Stanford volleyball team was among 71 Division I women's teams to be recognized by the American Volleyball Coaches Association today as a recipient of the AVCA Team Academic Award.

The award, which was initiated in the 1992-93 academic year, honors collegiate and high school volleyball teams that display excellence in the classroom during the school year by maintaining at least a 3.30 cumulative team grade-point average on a 4.0 scale or a 4.10 cumulative team GPA on a 5.0 scale.

The program has time and again proven its commitment to academic excellence. Over the past five years, Cardinal women's volleyball players have been recognized with Pac-10 academic awards 33 times. In 2008, nine Stanford players, including the entire starting lineup, garnered Pac-10 academic honors. Senior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza was named the 2008 Pac-10 Women's Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and earned her second Cosida/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America award.

Stanford is one of two Division I programs in the history of the AVCA team award to have attained the pinnacle of volleyball success in both earning the AVCA Team Academic Award and winning a national championship in the same academic year. The Cardinal became the first program to accomplish the feat during the 2001-02 school year.

In 2008-09, with a 3.67 combined GPA, the Stanford team was one of two representatives from the Pac-10, and the only squad recognized that reached the 2008 Final Four.

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