Co-Players of the Year:
OH Jordan Burgess, Sr., Berkeley Prep
Plainly put, Burgess will leave Berkeley as one of the most decorated volleyball players in recent memory. After winning her third straight state title at Berkeley, she became the first repeat winner of the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball award. This month she became a back-to-back winner of the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year Award. She was also named an Under Armour first-team All-American. She is Berkeley’s record holder in career kills (1,792) and averaged a team-high 5.9 kills a game, 48 aces (second on team), 32 blocks (third on team) and a team-high 3.9 digs per game.
Biggest accomplishment: Burgess played her best in Berkeley’s biggest matches — two matches against Orlando Bishop Moore. She had a match-high 33 kills in their first meeting, a five-game win in the Berkeley Premier final then led the team with 15 kills in its three-game win over the Hornets in the 4A state final. “She just killed them,” teammate Mackenzie Dagostino said.
Future plans: Burgess has signed with national power Stanford, where she plans to study pre-med. She would like to play on the U.S. national team in the Olympics and play professionally. She plans to study to become a doctor once her volleyball career is over.
Did you know? Burgess played nearly the entire season with a broken pinkie on her hitting hand, an injury she sustained just after the season opener against Palm Harbor University. She also played with a broken fourth metatarsal bone in the same hand during Junior Olympics after her freshman year.
S/RS Mackenzie Dagostino, Sr., Berkeley Prep
Dagostino was just as critical to Berkeley Prep’s three-peat. Not only did she run the frenetic offense with precision, but she was one of the top attacking weapons at the net from the right side, also forcing teams to account for her. She also leaves Berkeley the winner of three state titles and is the program’s record holder in career and single-season assists. She averaged 12.3 assists a game (1156 total), team-high 62 aces, 43 blocks (second on team), 3.2 digs (second on team) and 2.7 kills a game (third on team).
Biggest accomplishment: Dagostino had arguably her most complete match in the 4A state title win over Bishop Moore. She not only ran the offense with 30 assists, but she added 13 kills, 12 digs and a season-high eight blocks. “She was really critical for our team, and she plays very well under pressure so it’s fitting that she would have what I thought her best match in the state final,” Burgess said.
Future plans: She has signed to play at Maryland. She would like to be a photographer and dreams of interning at National Geographic in Washington D.C. Once her playing career is over she’d like to be a child psychologist, traveling the world and documenting her travels through photography.
Did you know? Despite traveling all over the country for high school and club season, Dagostino says she’s still afraid of flying.
OH Caci Andreychuk, Jr., Wharton: Led team with 4.4 kills a game, had 57 aces, 2.5 digs for 19-4 Wildcats.
OH Sidney Brown, So., Berkeley Prep: State champ’s No. 2 hitter averaged 3.7 kills and 2.6 digs a game.
MH Sarah Burrington, Sr., Riverview: The FSU recruit owns five school records and averaged 3.9 kills and 3.3 digs with 62 total blocks.
Lib Danielle Jenkins, Sr., Bloomingdale: UCF recruit averaged 4.8 digs a game for regular-season district champ.
OH Katie Krueger, Jr., Tampa Prep: Virginia Tech commit averaged 5.7 kills, 2.4 digs a game as the Terps’ primary all-around weapon.
RS Miranda Powell, Sr., Steinbrenner: Was Warriors’ top all-around player, averaging 3.6 kills, 1.9 digs with team-high 90 aces for a region semifinalist.
S Star Steele, Sr., Tampa Catholic: Naval Academy recruit led the Crusaders with 8.2 assists and 3.1 digs; added 47 aces.
L Nikki Cardoso, Sr., Tampa Prep
S Maren Douglas, Sr., Plant
OH Hannah Kaczmarek, Freedom
MB Madison Seuzeneau, Jr., Steinbrenner
MB Jessica Silva, Jr., Berkeley Prep
OH Lexi Thompson, So., Durant
OH Olivia Yeager, Sr., Cambridge
Coach of the Year
Randy Dagostino, Berkeley Prep
Guided Berkeley to its third straight state title and the program’s 15th overall, tying Tampa Prep’s bay area record.
Academy of the Holy Names: Becca Prossen, Erin Przedpelski, Brynn Wiley; Alonso: Alex Biver, Maira Guadalupe; Armwood: Tatiana Milcher, Jada Spano; Bayshore Christian: Nadia Hall, Marie Kelly, Madison Schmitt; Berkeley Prep: Katie O’Drobinak, Corey Salzer; Blake: Olivia Massey; Bloomingdale: Kaitlyn Grice, Nicole Higgins, Karissa Rhoades; Brandon: Samantha Ferrer, Alyssa Prescott; Cambridge: Caitlin Carr; Chamberlain: Allison Miller; Durant: Chelsea Bowden, Payton Sims; East Bay: Aspen Amaismeier; Freedom: Jasmyn Perry, Kelly Schaller; King: Kayla Bennett, Damali Mills, Mercedyz Mitchell, Madison Sroufe; Middleton: Adrienne McLean; Newsome: Michelle Russin; Plant: Kate Dooley, Brynne Fruhmorgen, Kylie Parks, Sydney Stasch; Plant City: Alex Arnold, Amy Booher, Molly Condon; Riverview: Jordan Alberts, Jenna Cook, Kate Ellis, Kiahna Wicks; Robinson: Alexandria Gaertner, Katie Hogan, Sophia Tahiri; Sickles: Brenna McTeer, Alexis Wilt; Steinbrenner: Cary Anne Bame, Casey McLean, Rachel Mathison; Strawberry Crest: Brandi Dilts; Tampa Catholic: Sydney Blank, Olivia Brennan, Elizabeth Zimroth; Tampa Prep: Ariana Mosley, Lauren Shlemon; Wharton: Stephany Brown, Andrea Poblete, Ashton Stocker