Stanford Volleyball Recognized For Academic Excellence

July 29, 2008

Stanford, Calif. - The 2007 Stanford volleyball team was among 70 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 displayed 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. A record total of 353 teams in all divisions were honored this year.

The Stanford 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 31 times. In 2007, outside hitter Cynthia Barboza became the program's seventh Academic All-American, marking the third time in five years that a Stanford player has been recognized nationally for her dual efforts as both an AVCA All-American and an ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

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. This year, Stanford was one of two representatives of the Pac-10, and the only squad recognized that reached the 2007 Final Four.

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