Berkeley Prep outside hitter Jordan Burgess capped an outstanding junior season Friday when she was named this year's Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball, which is awarded annually to the state's top volleyball player.
Burgess, who led the Bucs to a second straight Class 3A state championship and Berkeley's 14th overall, is the fourth Berkeley Prep player to be named Miss Volleyball -- most of any school since the award began in 1992 -- joining Kelly Flannigan (1992), Delavane Diaz (1999) and Janet Okogbaa (2005).
Plant's Kellie Catanach (2007) was the last bay area player to win the award.
Burgess' coach, Berkeley Prep's Randy Dagostino, was also named the Florida Dairy Farmers state coach of the year. In his 28th season, Dagostino led the Bucs to a 30-2 record. Berkeley was undefeated against in-state opponents and Dagostino finished the season one win short of his 800th career win.
Burgess finished the season with 539 kills and added 320 digs, 58 blocks and 51 aces. In addition to being named the Class 3A
Player of the Year for the second consecutive year, Burgess is a member of the USA Volleyball Girls’ National team and an AAU All-America selection.
Burgess earned eight of the 13 first-place votes for a total of 109 points to finish ahead of 4A Player of the Year Jessica Wynn of Ft. Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons, who finished with 84 points. Plant outside hitter Alex Johnson, the Class 6A player of the year, finished fourth with 52 points.
Dagostino also received eight of the 13 first-place votes for a total of 105 points, besting Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons coach Kathryn Farland.
This is the second time Dagostino has won the award. He also won in 1992, the award's first year.
-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (firstname.lastname@example.org; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)