TAMPA – Sidney Brown’s roller-coaster 24 hours reached a new high Wednesday morning.
A day after her high school career ended in the Buccaneers’ loss in the Class 4A state semifinal, the Times’ reigning All-Suncoast player of the year signed with Stanford during a ceremony at Berkeley Prep – and learned she was a second-team All-America selection by Under Armour.
“I wish we were playing today – not gonna lie about that,” Brown said. “But I’m glad that I’m signing today, too, to kind of get my mind off it. I’ve been waiting for this day for a long time.”
Brown grew up idolizing the six-time national champion Cardinal. She committed to Stanford in June because it fits her athletic and academic needs. The current Latin student plans to study Chinese and joins a winning program ranked sixth in the country.
“I cannot believe it still,” said Brown, who tallied more than 1,100 kills in her standout prep career. “To this day, I pinch myself. Am I actually going to Stanford? Is that the school that I really idolized for so many years, the people I just thought were volleyball gods forever? Like, I get to be one of those. I tear up.”
Brown will have at least one familiar face in Palo Alto.
Berkeley setter Kyle Dagostino signed with the Cardinal to play on the men’s volleyball team. The five-time team MVP was one of the state’s leaders with 415 kills and 81 aces last season. He chose Stanford over UCLA, Pepperdine and others.
Bucs pitcher/infielder Dante Bosnic also signed Wednesday, with Brown. He batted .265 as a junior and posted a 3.19 ERA with 55 strikeouts in 59.1 innings.
Softball standout Kristin Hoover signed with Cal after committing the Bears in August 2012. The all-state catcher has a .552 batting average with 56 RBIs and 37 extra-base hits in three years at Berkeley.
Basketball star Justin Gray was the final Buc to sign. He’s headed to Texas Tech.