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Stanford grads Barboza, Nnamani are 'killers' for the U.S. women's national volleyball team

The Americans are headed for Tijuana for Pan American Cup

Stanford grad Cynthia Barboza recorded 18 kills but the United States Women's National Volleyball Team lost to China, 23-25, 29-27, 25-22, 25-20, in the gold-medal match Sunday at the Montreux Volley Masters Tournament in Switzerland.

The Americans, playing in the event for the first time in five years, settled for the silver medal. Cuba swept Russia, 25-13, 25-18, 27-25, to earn the bronze medal.

Barboza led the U.S. with her 18 kills, one block and one ace for 20 points. Stanford grad Ogonna Nnamani added 10 kills, three blocks and an ace for 14 points. Nnamani ranked as the ninth-best scorer in the tournament with 63 points.

China held an 80-70 advantage in kills and 4-2 margin in aces. Team USA had eight blocks to China's six.

The U.S. finished second in Pool A with a 2-1 record, losing to Russia.

The Americans came back to beat Cuba in the semifinals to advance to the gold-medal match.

China, which finished second in Pool B behind Cuba, defeated Russia in the other semifinal to advance.

The U.S. Women's National Team travels to Tijuana, Mexico, to compete in the Pan American Cup scheduled to begin Friday.

In July, the team will play a pair of inter-squad exhibition matches. The first exhibition is scheduled for Irvine Valley College on July 17 at 7 p.m. The second exhibition is scheduled for St. Margaret's Episcopal School on July 24.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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