Four Cardinal Players Named to AVCA All-America Teams
Dec. 12, 2007
Sacramento, Calif. - Four Cardinal volleyball players were named AVCA All-Americans when the American Volleyball Coaches Association announced its selections today. Senior setter Bryn Kehoe, junior middle blocker Foluke Akinradewo and junior outside hitter Cynthia Barboza were among the 12 players named to the First Team, while freshman outside hitter Alix Klineman was named to the Second Team.
Akinradewo earns her third career All-America honor, and second straight First Team honor. The Plantation, Fla. native was named Pac-10 Player of the Year this season and currently leads the nation with a .502 hitting percentage. Akinradewo chips in 4.08 kpg and leads the team with 1.19 bpg going into this week's NCAA Semifinal match against USC.
Barboza, a Long Beach, Calif. native. was a member of the First Team for the second straight year. The junior has recorded 18 double-doubles on the year, and averages 4.06 kpg and 3.30 digs per game. She was also one of the best servers in the Pac-10 this season, with 31 service aces.
Kehoe, who was a third-team selection as a sophomore in 2005 and second-team selection as a junior last season, earned her first first-team recognition. Stanford's setter, the senior currently leads the nation with 14.50 apg. She shattered the Stanford career assist record in October and will likely best her own single-season record on Thursday.
Klineman, the Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and the Pacific Region Freshman of the Year, has made an immediate impact with the Cardinal program. She leads the squad with 4.21 kpg, and is one of the Pac-10's leaders in both kills and points this season. Klineman is the tenth freshman to be named an All-American in program history.
The selections bring Stanford's all-time count up to 61 total All-America honors over 25 players. It is the fourth time that a program-high four players have earned the honor, as the Cardinal also had four All-Americans in 1984, 1996 and 2006.
Penn State and Stanford were the only schools to nab multiple first-team selections, as players from the Cardinal and Nittany Lion clubs made up half of the first-team list.
The awards will be presented Friday at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet at the Sacramento Convention Center.
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