High-SchoolFlorida: Jordan Burgess

Jordan Burgess named Miss Volleyball USA

January, 17, 2012
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ESPNHS Miss Volleyball USADavid VillegasJordan Burgess credits a lot of behind-the-scenes work for her senior season that ended with a state title, a Gatorade National Player of the Year trophy and being named ESPNHS Miss Volleyball USA.
POSTSEASON AWARDS: Gatorade National Player of the Year | Junior of the Year | Sophomore of the Year | Freshman of the Year | Coach of the Year | ESPNHS All-America Team | Gatorade State Players of the Year

Ask Jordan Burgess for her favorite hangout place, and you won’t hear the name of the local lunch spot, the corner Starbucks or any other typical high school response.

“I hang out in our gym,” said Burgess, a 6-foot outside hitter for Berkeley Prep (Tampa). “I’m there more than anywhere else.”

Mackenzie Dagostino, a fellow senior at Berkeley Prep and Burgess’ setter the past four years, said she can vouch for her friend’s dedication.

Dagostino, a Maryland recruit and the daughter of Berkeley Prep coach Randy Dagostino, said Burgess is the first player at the gym each day and almost has to be dragged off the court at the end of the night.

“She’s different than any other player I’ve played with,” Mackenzie Dagostino said. “After practice, she begs my dad to keep the net up so she can hit a couple more serves or block a couple more balls.”

Burgess’ devotion to her sport is one reason why she has been named ESPNHS Miss Volleyball USA. Burgess was also named the Gatorade National Player of the Year last week.

A Stanford recruit, Burgess set Berkeley Prep records this year for single-season and career kills. She also led her school to a third straight state title, a 30-2 record and a final No. 5 POWERADE FAB 50 national ranking.

“She’s the best passing outside hitter I’ve ever seen at this level,” said Randy Dagostino, whose team has not lost to another Florida school in more than two years. “She had a fabulous career.”

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Burgess named Gatorade National POY

January, 10, 2012
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Berkeley Prep senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess added to her extensive awards collection by being named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year today.

The Stanford recruit and two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year led the Buccaneers to the their third straight state title this season. She finished the year with 553 kills, 366 digs, 48 service aces, 38 assists and 32 blocks while recording a .457 hitting percentage.

Chad Konecky has more on the story here.

Berkeley Prep's Jordan Burgess named Gatorade Volleyball POY

December, 14, 2011
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Berkeley Prep girls' volleyball player Jordan Burgess has been named Florida's Gatorade Player of the Year for the second consecutive season. The 6-foot-1 senior outside hitter had 553 kills, 366 digs, 48 service aces, 38 assists and 32 blocks in leading the Buccaneers to a 30-2 record and a Class 4A state title. Burgess concludes her BP career as one of the best players ever to suit up for a storied program, one with the second-most volleyball state titles (15) in Florida history under legendary coach Randy Dagostino. But the Bucs hadn't won a state title for six years before Burgess led them to three straight starting in 2009.

To read more about Burgess, read the entry from the POY team.

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