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Wed. December 14, 2011 | Eduardo A. Encina

Volleyball: Berkeley's Burgess wins Gatorade state player of the year award

Berkeley Prep senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess added another state honor to her resume on Wednesday. The Stanford-bound senior was named this year’s Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year.

The 6-foot-1 Burgess won the same award last season and is now one of 51 finalists – one from each state and the District of Columbia – for the Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year.

Burgess, who leaves Berkeley as the school's leader in career kills with 1,792, tallied 533 kills, 366 digs, 32 blocks and 48 aces this fall, helping the Buccaneers to their third straight state title and their bay area record-tying 15th title overall.

She becomes the fifth Berkeley Prep player to win the award, following Janet Okogbaa (2005), Delavane Diaz (1999), Anna Robinson (1998) and Mary Leffers (1995).

It marks the third straight year a Tampa Bay player has won the Gatorade Florida Player of the Year Award. Former Plant standout Maddie Martin, now a sophomore outside hitter at Penn State, received the honor in 2009.

Earlier this month, Burgess received the Florida Dairy Farmers Miss Volleyball award for the second straight year, becoming the first repeat winner in the award’s 20-year history. She has also been named an Under Armour first-team All-American.

Reach Times staff writer Eduardo A. Encina at eencina@sptimes.com and follow him on Twitter at @EddieHometeam.

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