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Wed. December 22, 2010 | Eduardo A. Encina

Times' all-Hillsborough County volleyball team

All-Hillsborough County volleyball

Player of the Year
Jordan Burgess, OH, Berkeley Prep, Jr.

Why we picked her: In a county that constantly boasts some of the top volleyball talent in the country, Burgess is the latest player to distinguish herself . The 6-foot-1 hard-swinging outside hitter guided Berkeley to its second straight and 14th overall state title. An equally effective attacker in the front row and back row, she led the county with 5.9 kills a game, while averaging 3.5 digs and tying for the team lead with 51 blocks, all while being the focus of every opponent’s game plan. She has a  bevy of postseason awards, including Florida Gatorade Player of the Year and Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball — both given to the best player in the state — and is a MaxPreps first-team All-American.  And she still has one year left to play.

Most impressive accomplishment: Burgess owns two gold medals, but said winning states this year was most rewarding. “Our team was really close and we worked harder than we ever had before,” Burgess said. “And our road to winning states was a lot harder.” Burgess was at her best in the state tournament, averaging 7.5 kills a game in two matches. In Berkeley’s toughest postseason challenge, a five-game win over Bishop Moore in the state semis, Burgess tallied eight of her game-high 37 kills in the decisive Game 5.  

Future plans: Burgess has  narrowed her colleges to five — Stanford, Penn State, California, Texas and UCLA — and plans to make a decision before next season.

Did you know? Burgess’ long, curly hair makes her stand out on the court, but truth is, she can’t play with her hair straightened. “I just don’t play well,” she said. “I’ve tried it before and had a bad game.” …Burgess owns a 4.0 grade point average and is taking AP courses in Spanish, calculus/precalculus and biology. …Burgess hopes to play in the FIVB World Championships this summer in Turkey as a member of the U.S. Youth National Team.

First team
MH Sarah Burrington, Riverview, Jr.:
Florida State commit led Sharks with 4.5 kills, 3.1 digs and 1.2 blocks to a district title.
S MacKenzie Dagostino, Berkeley Prep, Jr.: Maryland commit ran Bucs’ quick-set offense to the tune of school-record 1,018 assists, county-high 11.2 a game.
OH Tina Catanach, Plant, Sr.: Loyola-Maryland recruit averaged 3.6 kills, 3.5 digs, 45.5 hitting percentage for the 6A state champs.
OH Gabby Fernandez, Tampa Prep, Sr.: Led Class 2A semifinalist with 3.9 kills, added 2.5 digs; signed with Florida Southern.
OH Amber Mirabello, Berkeley Prep, Sr.: County’s most improved player averaged 3.8 kills, emerged as Bucs’ No. 2 hitter.
OH Alex Johnson, Plant, Sr.: 6A Player of the Year’s 5.1 kills a game were second most in the county.
Lib Natasha Rowland, Berkeley Prep, Sr.: Top passer on back-to-back state champion teams, led county with 5.4 digs a game.

Second team
OH Sidney Brown, Holy Names, Fr.
OH Callie Henley, Plant, Sr.
OH Ericka McGriff, Tampa Prep, Sr.
OH Alison Wade, Durant, Sr.
OH/S, Lindsey Watson, Brandon, Sr.
S Maren Douglas, Plant, Jr.
Lib Charlotte Hill, Plant, Sr.

Honorable mention
Academy of the Holy Names: Jennifer Aprile, Annie Swanson, Brynn Wiley
Alonso: Alex Biver
Armwood: Alyssa Reidy, Jada Spano
Bayshore Christian: Amanda Mirabella, Madison Schmitt
Berkeley Prep: Taylor Hayes
Bloomingdale: Katie Fife, Megan Guerra, Nicole Higgins
Cambridge: Amber Rubright, Olivia Yeager
Chamberlain: Jordan Lansford
Durant: Chelsea Bowden, Taylor Hackemack, Katlyn Messick, Kerrie Reinhardt
Freedom: Kelly Schaller, Lindsey Taggart, Ashley Wilson
Gaither: Meagan Malley
King: Mallory Brooks, Johanna Ray, Miracle Wilson
Newsome: Jonni Raga
Plant: Brynne Fruhmorgen, Paige Tuttle
Plant City: Alix Hooker, Analise Coffee
Riverview: Victoria Gay, Rachael Jenkins, Kiahna Wicks
Seffner Christian: Laura Swartz, Sabrina Whiting, Gabriella Laloma
Sickles: Lexi Thompson, Brenna McTeer, Carlye Owens
Steinbrenner: Cary Anne Bame, Megan Moyer, Erin McMurtry
Strawberry Crest: Brandi Dilts, Jamee Townsend
Tampa Catholic: Olivia Brennan
Tampa Prep: Nikki Cardoso, Katie Krueger, Lauren Shlemon
Wharton: Caci Andreychuk

Coach of the Year
Randy Dagostino, Berkeley Prep
Finished one win shy of his 800th career victory while guiding the Bucs to their second straight state title. He ran a quick-set offense and allowed a young group of middles to grow into their roles. His 14 state titles are second most in state history.
 

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