Akinradewo, Barboza, Kehoe And Richards Named To All-Region Team
Dec. 7, 2006
Lexington, Ky. - After claiming the Pac-10 Championship and advancing to the NCAA Regional this weekend, Stanford Women's Volleyball placed five athletes on the 2006 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I Pacific All-Region Team. Sophomore middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo, sophomore outside hitter Cynthia Barboza, and junior setter Bryn Kehoe were named to the All-Region First Team, while senior outside hitter Kristin Richards was an Honorable Mention selection.
Akinradewo was recently named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 Team, ranking first for the Cardinal with 122 blocks (1.45 blocks per game) and fifth in the Pac-10 Conference. She is also third on the team with 326 kills, tying for second with 3.88 kills per game. In the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Stanford, Akinradewo hit .480 with 14 kills and four blocks to help the Cardinal sweep Sacramento State. In the second round, she tallied a career-high 26 kills to lead Stanford to a five-game victory over Missouri with five blocks. Akinradewo has hit .450 or higher in 15 matches, including .850 with 17 kills at Arizona and .800 versus Texas A&M Corpus Christi with eight kills.
Another member of the 2006 All-Pac-10 Team, Barboza was selected as the Pac-10 Player of the Week earlier this season on September 10. She leads the team with 411 kills (4.28 kills per game) to rank fourth in the Pac-10 Conference. Barboza is also second in the Pac-10 and first for the Cardinal with 38 service aces (0.40 aces per game). In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, she collected 14 kills, two aces and 16 digs in the Cardinal's sweep of Sacramento State. Barboza also had 18 kills and 20 digs in the second round victory over Missouri. She has tallied double-digit kills in 23 of Stanford's 30 matches this season, including a season-high 25 kills at Washington.
Kehoe was also named to the 2006 All-Pac-10 Team, earning both conference and national Player of the Week honors for the Cardinal's final regular season matches against Washington and Washington State to clinch the Pac-10 title. Kehoe leads the squad with 1,266 assists and averages 13.19 assists per game to rank fourth in the Pac-10 Conference. In just her junior season, she ranks fourth all-time at Stanford with 4,007 assists, first all-time with 12.84 assists per game and owns the single season record with 1,637 assists in 2004. In the first round the NCAA Tournament, Kehoe tallied 45 assists in a sweep of Sacramento State. She also tallied a season-high 67 assists and a season-high 21 digs the next night in a five-game win over Missouri. Kehoe has tallied 50 or more assists on seven occasions.
A four-time All-Pac-10 selection, Richards was also named the Pac-10 Player of the Week on October 9 as Stanford swept California. She now owns the school record with 1,543 career digs and ranks fifth all-time at Stanford with 1,768 career kills. Richards ranks second on the squad this year with 346 kills (3.80 kills per game). In the first round of the NCAA Tournament, she tallied 12 kills, 14 digs, two aces and two blocks to help the Cardinal sweep Sacramento State. The next night, Richards recorded a season-high 22 kills and 17 digs in a five-game victory over Missouri. She has tallied double-digit kills in 22 of the Cardinal's 30 matches, including 21 kills at UCLA and against Washington to clinch the Pac-10 title.
Akinradewo, Barboza, Kehoe and Richards were among 12 volleyball players named to the Pacific All-Region Team. Kristin Carlson (San Diego), Anna Cmaylo (Santa Clara), Asia Kaczor (USC), Nana Meriwether (UCLA), Christal Morrison (Washington), Angie Pressey (California), Debora Seilhamer (USC), Nellie Spicer (UCLA) and Courtney Thompson (Washington) were also named to the First Team. Katie Carter (UCLA), Alesha Deesing (Washington), Kristin Lutes (Sacramento State), Sophia Milo (Pepperdine) and Jessica Swarbrick (Washington) were also named Honorable Mention. USC's Taylor Carico was tabbed the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year.
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