The Times’ all-Suncoast team is comprised of the best volleyball players in our coverage area, which encompasses Hernando, Pasco, Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.
Player of the year: OH Jordan Burgess, Sr., Berkeley Prep
Despite all the success the Berkeley Prep volleyball program has had over the years, the Buccaneers have never had a player like Burgess.
The 6-foot-1 outside hitter leaves Berkeley as its best hitter (school-record 1,792 career kills) and its most-decorated player. She became the first repeat winner of the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball Award in its 20-year history. She also was named Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year in back-to-back years.
She averaged a team-high 5.9 kills a game, 48 aces (second on team), 32 blocks (third on team), team-high 3.9 digs per game, all while playing with a broken pinkie finger on her hitting hand after her first match of the season.
Every opponent the Bucs faced focused on stopping Burgess, piling double-team blocks on her, but she still upped her game.
And she was at her best against Berkeley’s toughest opponents — 33 kills in the Berkeley Premier final vs. Orlando Bishop Moore, 29 vs. East Lake, 27 vs. Venice, 25 vs. Cardinal Gibbons and Buchholz. She averaged 5.8 kills in seven postseason matches, including 15 kills in the four-set Class 4A state final over Bishop Moore.
A 4.0 student, she will play at national volleyball power Stanford and plans to study pre-med.
Coach of the year: Randy Dagostino, Berkeley Prep
Dagostino said this season was special to him before it even began. Not only did he have the opportunity to win a 15th state title, tying Tampa Prep for second most in the state (Cardinal Gibbons, 18), but he wanted seniors Jordan Burgess and Mackenzie Dagostino (his daughter) to end their high school careers with a third state title. The talent-rich Bucs were rarely challenged in the state, extending their win streak against Florida opponents to 59 matches. But in his 28th season, Dagostino was able to get his team to elevate its play in the toughest matches — two wins over Bishop Moore, the last of which gave the Bucs the Class 4A state title.
OH Courtney Liddle, Sr., Nature Coast: The Tulane recruit was the Florida Dairy Farmers’ Class 5A player of the year with 462 kills and 124 aces.
OH Brittnay Estes, Sr., East Lake: Like a live wire, Estes always put a charge into the Eagles, finishing with 394 kills and 257 digs.
OH Madi Loebel, Sr., Indian Rocks Christian: The 6-foot-2 force set Golden Eagles records with 378 kills and 112 blocks as IRC made the region semis.
MH Sarah Burrington, Sr., Riverview: The most dominating middle in the bay area, the 6-foot-4 Florida State recruit (3.9 kills, 3.3 digs a game, 62 blocks) led Sharks to first back-to-back district titles.
OH Sidney Brown, So., Berkeley Prep: The next in a long line of great Berkeley Prep outside hitters (3.7 kills, 2.6 digs a game); her best is yet to come.
S/RS Mackenzie Dagostino, Sr., Berkeley Prep: The catalyst and leader of the Bucs’ state title team, the Maryland recruit ran the Berkeley offense (12.3 assists a game) with great efficiency and added 62 aces, 43 blocks, 3.2 digs (second on team), 2.7 kills a game.
S Rachel Reed, Sr., East Lake: Led East Lake to second straight state title. Multi-talented offensive weapon had 758 assists and 72 kills.
Berkley Whaley, Sr., Lakewood
Nikki O’Rourke, Sr., Clearwater
OH Katie Krueger, Jr., Tampa Prep
Jessica Johnson, Sr., Bishop McLaughlin
Megan Morrison, Sr., Springstead
OH Caci Andreychuk, Jr., Wharton
Ashlyn MacGregor, Jr., Tarpon Springs
Bloomingdale: Danielle Jenkins
Canterbury: Mansie Hough
Clearwater Central Catholic: Megan Miller, Kalyn Baird
Durant: Lexi Thompson
East Lake: Brooke Burkett, Jackie Wegner, Brianna McComeskey
Fivay: Toni Imbimbo
Hudson: Lacey Carley, Logan McGee
Indian Rocks Christian: Ashley Llerena
Lakewood: Leigh Buttner
Nature Coast: Courtney Crawford
Palm Harbor University: Sammy Eichelberger, Caitlyn Kovach
Plant: Maren Douglas
Seminole: Marissa Lisenbee
Springstead: Zoe Mannino
Steinbrenner: Miranda Powell, Madison Seuzeneau
Tampa Catholic: Star Steele
Tampa Prep: Nikki Cardoso
Tarpon Springs: Kelsi Collins
Zephyrhills: Kaitlyn Blount