Oct. 24, 2005
Stanford, Ca - A torn anterior cruciate ligament has ended the season for Stanford star freshman volleyball player Cynthia Barboza.
Dr. Michael Dillingham, a Stanford team doctor, confirmed the extent of the knee injury (left knee) in meeting with Barboza on Monday afternoon. Barboza, a freshman outside hitter who led the Pac-10 in kills, will miss the rest of the 2005 season.
Barboza was enjoying an All-American type season when she suffered the knee injury during the first play of the third game in Stanford's victory over California last Friday (10/21/05). Barboza fell arkwardly to the ground after hitting a kill. Barboza was carried off the court after lying on the ground in pain for several minutes while medical personnel tried to determine the extent of the injury. Barboza was later examined by two doctors at Haas Pavilion, and left the arena after the match on crutches and wearing a heavy knee brace.
Barboza, an alternate as a high school senior on the 2004 U.S. Olympic team, started all 21 matches (66 games) this season, and led the conference in kills (297) and was second on the team in hitting percentage (.306). Her 4.50 kills per game was third-best in the conference.
A recent Sports Illustrated article referred to Barboza as the "nation's top female freshman - in ANY sport."
Barboza produced double-digit numbers in kills in 15 of the team's 21 matches. Barboza tallied a career-high 26 kills in Stanford's Pac-10 season opening victory against nationally-ranked USC. Barboza collected six double-doubles (kills, digs) during the year.
"As a coach this is something that is hard to get over," said Cardinal head coach John Dunning. "We are sad that this happened to such a young person like Cynthia. As a volleyball program, there are now two jobs; to help Cynthia get healthy again, and to go from here. It will be different (without her). Cynthia will get healthy again, and be better than ever."
Barboza had helped Stanford to an 18-3 overall record, and a 7-2 mark in the Pac-10. The Cardinal is currently ranked fifth in the nation.