Barboza Selected as Semifinalist for AAU Sullivan Award

3/10/2009

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COLOROADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Cynthia Barboza (Long Beach, Calif.), an alternate for both the 2004 and 2008 U.S. Olympic Women's Volleyball teams and a former Stanford standout, has been selected as a one of 12 semifinalists for the 79th Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Sullivan Award.

The AAU James E. Sullivan Award is based on the qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. The award goes far beyond athletic accomplishment and honors those who have leadership skills and strong character which is evident in the nominee's lifestyle as a whole.

"I'm extremely honored to even be on the same list as some of the other semifinalists for the award," Barboza said. "It's a very humbling experience to see my name next to such phenomenal athletes that I look up to!"

The Sullivan Award Reception and Presentation will take place April 15 at The New York Athletic Club in New York City. The night's activities start with an athlete autograph session at 5:30 p.m., followed by the dinner at 6:15 p.m. and the awards presentation at 7:15 p.m.

Barboza trained with the U.S. Women's National Team in 2008 in an attempt to make the Olympic Games roster. Despite just two starts, she averaged 3.14 points per set at the 2008 Pan American Cup, while holding a .304 hitting efficiency with 2.72 kills per set in the event. Barboza averaged 2.07 points in three exhibition matches against 2008 Olympic Games gold medalist Brazil last June, including a 13-point performance in a starting role on June 11. Barboza played in 23 sets during the 2008 FIVB World Grand Prix totaling 18 points with just two set starts.

For the complete story, visit http://usavolleyball.org/news/article/10397.

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