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Barboza a Sullivan finalist as top U.S. amateur

Stanford senior ranks among career leaders in women's volleyball

Stanford senior Cynthia Barboza, a three-time women's volleyball All-American, was named as one of five finalists for the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award it was learned Sunday.

Barboza joins Shawn Johnson (gymnastics), Tyler Hansbrough (basketball), Nastia Liuken (gymnastics) and the U.S. Men's 400 Relay Team (swimming) as a finalist. The award will be announced at a reception on April 15 at The New York Athletic Club.

Barboza finished her career as one of the best to wear a Cardinal jersey. She helped Stanford win three consecutive Pac-10 titles, and three straight appearances in the NCAA title match. She finished her career ranked ninth in career kills (1,639), sixth in digs (1,241) and ninth in service aces (115).

Barboza began training with the U.S. Women's National Team in 2003 and was a member of two Pan American Games bronze-medal winning teams. She was the youngest member of the 2003 Pan American Games team that competed in the Dominican Republic, and then was a starter for the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Barboza was the only high school player invited to train for the 2004 U.S. Olympic Team and went on to win the Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player for the second consecutive season that year.

She trained with the national team leading to the Beijing Olympics and was named an alternate for the second time. Barboza and Stanford teammate Foluke Akinradewo were the only two college players named to the 19-player Olympic preliminary roster last summer.

-- PA Weekly Online Sports

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