Position: Outside Hitter
Hometown: Long Beach, Calif.
Birth Date: Feb. 7, 1987
Joined Team: July 2003
MAJOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION: 2012 - FIVB World Grand Prix. 2011 - Pan American Games (Bronze)...FIVB World Cup (Silver). 2010 – Montreux Volley Masters (Silver)…Pan American Cup (Bronze)...FIVB World Grand Prix (Gold)...Brazil Tour...FIVB World Championship (Fourth). 2009 – Pan American Cup (Fourth); FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G (Gold)…FIVB World Grand Prix (Ninth)…Final Four Intercontinental Cup (Silver)...NORCECA Continental Championship (Fourth). 2008 – Pan American Cup (Fifth Place)...U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball Series versus Brazil...FIVB World Grand Prix (Fourth Place). 2007 – Pan American Cup (Fourth Place)…Pan American Game (Bronze Medal). 2003 – Pan American Games (Bronze Medal). 2002 – NORCECA Junior Girls Continental Championships (Silver Medal)…NORCECA Youth Girls Continental Championships (Gold Medal).
INTERNATIONAL HIGHLIGHTS: 2012 - Started two matches during FIVB World Grand Prix compiling 29 points, including a double-double with 11 points and 10 digs versus Argentina. 2011 - Led U.S. Women to the bronze medal at the Pan American Games in her first competition of the season after suffering an injury in her club season…Averaged 4.25 points and 1.13 digs per set at the Pan American Games…Scored a team-high 23 points versus Dominican Republic in Pan American Games bronze-medal match on Oct. 20, one day after recording 15 points against Cuba in the semifinal round…Played in 16 sets during FIVB World Cup, primarily as serving specialist…Started against Kenya with seven points and six digs. 2010 – Averaged 3.38 points and 1.81 digs per set in helping the U.S. to the Montreux Volley Masters silver medal…Contributed a team-high 20 points versus China in the Montreux gold-medal match, which included 17 kills on 33 attempts and just one error to go with two blocks and an ace…Started two of seven matches at Pan American Cup helping Team USA to the bronze medal…Averaged 2.31 points, 2.00 kills, 0.21 blocks and 2.00 digs per set at Pan American Cup…Tallied nine kills on 16 errorless attempts along with a block versus Trinidad & Tobago on June 20…Played in 36 sets during the FIVB World Grand Prix, helping the squad to the gold medal…Tallied 10 points versus Germany on Aug. 7 in a reserve role…Started two of four matches of Brazil Tour…Held role of serving specialist during FIVB World Championship, entering 17 sets and nine of the 11 matches. 2009 – Played in a team-high 94 sets during the 2009 season, netting a 2.49 scoring average with a .281 combined hitting efficiency on 234 total points scored (second most on team)…Started three matches and played in 19 sets of the Pan American Cup…Averaged 1.05 points and 0.53 digs per set while mainly a serving specialist in the Pan American Cup…Named Most Valuable Player and Best Spiker of the FIVB World Championship Qualification Tournament – NORCECA Pool G after leading the U.S. to the gold medal…Held a .510 attack efficiency and converted 57.7 percent of attacks into kills during the qualifying event…Averaged 4.88 points, 4.25 kills, 0.38 blocks, 0.25 aces and 1.63 digs per set in the qualification tournament…Produced 18 points versus Costa Rica on July 8 in qualification tournament final match helping U.S. to earn 2010 FIVB World Championship berth…Played in 22 of 36 sets during the FIVB World Grand Prix with four match starts…Averaged 1.68 points and 0.86 digs per set at the World Grand Prix…Contributed eight points versus Thailand on Aug. 16…Ranked second among all scorers during Final Four Intercontinental Cup in Peru after averaging 3.30 points and 2.35 digs per set…Ranked fifth in the Best Spiker category at the Final Four Cup with a 33.33 kill percent…Averaged 2.80 kills during the Final Four Cup in which USA lost to Brazil in gold-medal match…Scored in double-figures in all five matches of Final Four Cup, including 16 in a four-set win over Peru on Sept. 10 and 15 versus Dominican Republic in a three-set loss…Reached double-figure scoring in five of the six matches of the NORCECA Continental Championship as she started all six contests…Averaged 2.88 points and 1.36 digs during the NORCECA event while hitting .361…Scored 11 kills with 17 errorless attacks versus Costa Rica on Sept. 24. 2008 – Finished 15th in scoring at Pan American Cup...Averaged 3.14 points per set with set averages of 2.72 kills and 0.34 blocks...Attacked at a .304 efficiency...Started final two matches of Pan American Cup at opposite, including a 17-point match versus Venezuela in the fifth-place contest...Averaged 2.07 points and 0.36 blocks per set in three matches against Brazil during 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Exhibition for Volleyball series in Colorado Springs...Tallied 11 kills and two blocks versus Brazil on June 11 while starting all five sets...Came off bench to spark USA to five-set win over Brazil on June 13 with eight points...Played in 23 sets during the FIVB World Grand Prix with two set starts...Totaled 18 points (14 kills, four blocks) at the World Grand Prix. 2007 – Contributed 2.59 points per set during the Pan American Cup, highlighted by four double-figure point contests…Added 2.50 digs per set during the Pan American Games…Recorded 15 points against Argentina with 13 kills and two aces on June 21…Provided four aces as part of 10-point match against Costa Rica on June 22…Hit .421 with nine kills, three aces and a block for 13 points against Mexico on June 25…Averaged 3.06 points during the Pan American Games, including 2.69 kills and 0.25 blocks per set…Turned in three double-figure point matches at Pan American Games, topped by a 12-point performance against Puerto Rico on July 15. 2004 – Was one of six alternates for the 2004 USA Women’s Olympic Volleyball Team. 2003 – Earned a bronze medal as the youngest member of the USA women’s national training team at the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic…Scored 11 points on nine kills and two blocks in the bronze-medal match as the USA defeated Brazil, 3-1, to finish the tournament with a record of 4-2…Became a starter on the right side two matches into the tournament…Finished eighth among all players at 1.44 digs per set. She also ranked fifth on the team in scoring with 43 total points (35 kills, six blocks, two aces), a number that ranked her 29th among all players in the tournament. 2002 – Earned a gold medal as a member of the USA Girl’s Youth National Team at the 2002 NORCECA Youth Girls Continental Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah…The team earned an automatic berth to the 2003 FIVB Girl’s Under-18 World Championships after going 5-0 and losing just one set at the NORCECA tournament…Cynthia was named Best Serve-Receiver at the NORCECA tournament…Also earned a silver medal as a member of the USA Women’s Junior National Team at the 2002 NORCECA Junior Women’s Continental Championships in Puerto Rico.
COLLEGE HIGHLIGHTS: Three-time American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American…Finished career at Stanford ranked ninth in career kills (1,639), sixth in digs (1,241) and ninth in service aces (115). 2008 – Selected a 2008 AVCA All-America First-Team pick after assisting Stanford to the NCAA Division I Championship title match…Earned ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA First-Team Academic All-American…Appeared in all 118 sets for Stanford while finishing second on the team with 412 kills (3.49 per set)…Finished among Pac-10 leaders in kills (7th) and points (8th)…Led team in aces (24) and finished second in digs with 358 (3.03 per set)…Named to NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team. 2007 - Selected AVCA All-America First Team after leading Stanford to a NCAA Division I runner-up finish…Ended the year with a career-best 20 double-doubles and was one of the team's top hitters with 3.99 kills per game… Named the program's first ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American since 2004…Joined Stanford's elite 1,000-kill club as just a junior. 2006 - Finished second with partner Bryn Kehoe at the Powerade Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship in April 2007…Concluded sophomore season at Stanford in 2006-2007…Selected AVCA All-America First-Team selection in 2006 after leading the Cardinal with 463 total kills and 4.21 kills per game…Led the team with 48 service aces and was honored with all-tournament accolades at each of the Cardinal's four tournaments in 2006…Added 2.99 digs and 0.69 blocks per game on defense as a sophomore. 2005 - Missed the final 11 matches of her 2005 freshman season after suffering a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury… Had started all 21 matches prior to injury and led the Pac-10 in kills (297) and kills per game (4.50) up until the injury.
HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS: 2004 – Capped her amazing high school career by being named the Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year for the second-straight year…In winning the award for a second consecutive season, Barboza joins Marion Jones (1991-93), LeBron James (2002-03) and Candace Parker (2003-04) as one of only four high school athletes in any sport to win Gatorade National Player of the Year honors in back-to-back seasons. She is the first volleyball player to achieve the feat…This season, the 6-foot-1-inch outside hitter/middle blocker averaged 18.3 kills, 1.57 blocks and 2.0 aces per match for the Bruins, who were 25-7 and reached the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA semifinals…She hit an amazing .537 for the season, compiling 14 matches with an attack efficiency greater than .650 and four matches in which she hit better than .800…Her best effort of the season (.840) came in a loss against eventual state champion Mira Costa…Finished her high school career with 2,145 career kills, 349 blocks and 152 aces…Her lengthy resume includes 2004 High School Player of the Year by Volleyball Magazine, All-California Interscholastic Federation (Southern Section) Division I-AA co-MVP, and four-time first-team All-CIF recognition. 2003 – Became the first junior to be named Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year…Registered 550 kills, 46 blocks and 38 service aces, and was the only high school player to be invited to train with the U.S. National Team in preparation for the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens…Also named first team All-California Interscholastic Federation (Southern Section), to the Los Angeles Times Girls Volleyball All-Star Team and a PrepVolleyball.com High School All-American. 2002 – Named National Sophomore of the Year by Student Sports magazine after leading Long Beach Wilson to a runner-up finish at the California state high school volleyball championships…Also named Player of the Year by the Los Angeles Times…Earned CIF I-AA Most Valuable Player honors in addition to first-team All-State and first-team All-Moore League…Wilson finished second at the CIF Southern Section championships. 2001 – Named National Freshman of the Year by Student Sports magazine after leading Long Beach Wilson to the CIF Southern Section championship.
PERSONAL: Born Cynthia Jane Barboza on Feb. 7, 1987, in Bellflower, Calif. …Parents are Robert and Jane Barboza…Also has a brother, David (18)…At age 18 Cynthia was the youngest member of the USA women’s national volleyball training team in 2004 while pursuing a spot on the Olympic roster…While English is her first spoken language, Spanish was her first written language.
Last Updated: July 1, 2012
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