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Thu. January 27, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Berkeley volleyball players Jordan Burgess and MacKenzie Dagostino, as well as Holy Names outside hitter Sidney Brown, have been named finalists for the PrepVolleyball.com national player of the year awards in their respective classes.

Burgess and Dagostino, a pair of Times All-Suncoast first-team selections who helped guide the Buccaneers to their second straight Class 3A state title, are among the 35 finalists for the National Junior of the Year Award.

And Brown, a Times All-Hillsborough County second-team selection, is one 25 finalists for the National Freshman of the Year Award.

Burgess, the Times’ All-Hillsborough County and All-Suncoast Player of the Year,  has received a bevy of postseason honors, including the ESPNRise National Junior of the Year, Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball and the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year. She averaged 5.9 kills a game, 3.5 digs and 51 blocks. She also averaged 7.9 kills in two state tournament matches.

Dagostino, a setter committed to Maryland, set a new school record with 1,018 assists for a county-high 11.2 assists a game. She also registered a triple double in both state tournament games.

Brown, the only ninth-grader to make the Times all-Hillsborough County first or second teams, averaged 3.9 kills a game and has a kill percentage of 46.9 percent for a young Jaguars team that finished 17-8 last season.

The national players of the year will be selected next week.

-- EDUARDO A. ENCINA (eencina@sptimes.com; Twitter: @EddieHometeam)

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