Berkeley's Burgess is Florida's Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year



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Tue. December 14, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Berkeley's Burgess is Florida's Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year

TAMPA -- The postseason honors continue to pile up for Berkeley Prep volleyball player Jordan Burgess.

Burgess, who led the Buccaneers to their 14th state title last month, was named the Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year for the state of Florida on Tuesday.

She is one of 51 finalists -- representing each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia -- now eligible for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year Award.

It is the second straight year a Hillsborough County player has won the state award. Last season, Plant outside hitter Maddie Martin, now a freshman at Penn State, was the recipient. Former Plant setter Kellie Catanach (Duke) also won the award in 2007.

Burgess, a 6-foot outside hitter, led Berkeley to a 30-2 record and its second straight Class 3A state title. In the Bucs' four-game state title win over North Broward Prep, she tallied 30 kills, 19 digs and 4 blocks. On the season, she recorded 540 kills, 318 digs, 51 blocks, 37 service aces and 20 assists and a .522 kill percentage.

Last week, she was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball, which is awarded to the top player in the state.

Honorees for the Gatorade award are selected by ESPN RISE and an advisory board of high school reporters from across the country.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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