High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Berkeley Prep

Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year nominees

July, 9, 2012
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A dozen exceptional student-athletes -- already honored as National Player of the Year in their respective sports -- are contenders for the 10th annual Gatorade High School Athlete of the Year Award. On Tuesday in Los Angeles, one boy and one girl will be named prep sports’ Male and Female Athletes of the Year (ESPN3, 9:40 p.m. EDT), and both will be recognized at the ESPYS the following evening.

And the female nominees are (click here for the male nominees):

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National Volleyball POY: Jordan Burgess

January, 10, 2012
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Capping a remarkable prep career that culminated on the court with a third consecutive state volleyball title, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) senior Jordan Burgess was named the 2011-12 Gatorade National Player of the Year Tuesday morning.

The 6-foot-1 outside hitter was surprised with the news during class by USA Volleyball's 2011 Beach Female Athlete of the Year, April Ross, who earned Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year honors in 1999-2000.

"People still come up to me and say, 'Remember the day you won Gatorade?'" said Ross. "Jordan is the perfect player and person to pass the torch to."

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Florida Volleyball POY: Jordan Burgess

December, 14, 2011
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year selection process, resulting in this winner based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 49 fellow Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year winners, click here.

National POY Watch: Jordan Burgess
Paul Warner/ESPNHSJordan Burgess is the returning Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year.
THE WINNER: Jordan Burgess

THE BASICS

School: Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Outside hitter
Height: 6-foot-1

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Burgess led the Buccaneers to a 30-2 record and a third consecutive state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year, she amassed 553 kills, 366 digs, 48 service aces, 38 assists and 32 blocks while recording a .457 hitting percentage. Also the returning ESPNHS National Junior of the Year, Burgess produced 29 service receptions, 15 kills, 13 digs and four blocks in the 3-1 Class 4A state title win over Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.). A 2011 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships All-Tournament selection and two-time Amateur Athletic Union Junior National Girls’ Volleyball Championships All-American, she is a member of the U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team.

Academic excellence: Burgess has maintained a 4.00 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A founding director of the “Everyone Should Play” Foundation, a charitable initiative formed in 2009 to assist the area’s disadvantaged youth offset sports registration fees and equipment costs, Burgess has also volunteered locally as a youth volleyball coach. Team manager of the Berkeley Prep boys volleyball squad since 2009 and a participant in a community literacy-outreach program, she served as a team leader at a two-week youth business leadership summer camp in 2007 and 2008. Burgess has also donated her time fundraising on behalf of Heifer International.

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Eye on POY: Florida volleyball

December, 4, 2011
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The window on the Gatorade State Volleyball Player of the Year race is closing, and time is running out for student-athletes to state their POY case. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Eye on POY: Nicole Walch
PrepVolleyball.comNicole Walch is the returning Florida Dairy Farmers Association Class 5A Player of the Year.
Nicole Walch
Senior outside hitter, Martin County (Stuart, Fla.)

2011 Team record: 27-5
2011 Team standing: Class 7A state champions; No. 38 on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011 Kills: 624
2011 Digs: 256
2011 Aces: 45
2011 Blocks: 32
2011 Assists: 31

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Florida State University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Amassed 30 kills, 15 digs, four service aces, two blocks and one assist in a 3-1 Class 7A state title victory against Winter Springs. Recorded a .502 kill percentage and .335 hitting percentage. Averaged 6.5 kills and 2.7 digs per set. No. 53 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by PrepVolleyball.com. 2011 A2 Junior National Team member. 2011 Under Armour Honorable Mention All-American. 2010 Florida Dairy Farmers Association Class 5A Player of the Year. 2009 Class 5A state champion.

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National POY Watch: Volleyball contenders

December, 2, 2011
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Everybody knows a girl’s gotta win her own state first before she gets a shot at being Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year. That said, two elite performers to this point in the season are among those making a bid to be honored as the best of the best once mid-December rolls around. The Gatorade Player of the Year award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the court. There’s plenty more work to be done, but here are two top candidates who remain in contention to win their own state and could someday call themselves a National POY.

National POY Watch: Jordan Burgess
Paul Warner/ESPNHSJordan Burgess is the returning Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year.
Jordan Burgess
Senior outside hitter, Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.)

2011 Team record: 30-2 (Class 4A)
2011 Team standing: Class 4A state champions; No. 5 on ESPNHS FAB 50

2011 Kills: 553
2011 Digs: 366
2011 Aces: 48
2011 Assists: 38
2011 Blocks: 32

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stanford University

How she’s played herself into the National POY conversation: Recorded 15 kills, 13 digs and four blocks in the 3-1 Class 4A state championship victory against Bishop Moore (Orlando, Fla.). Produced a .526 kill percentage and .457 hitting percentage. Averaged 5.9 kills and 3.9 digs per set. 2010-11 Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year. No. 3 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by PrepVolleyball.com. 2011 U.S. Girls’ Youth National Team member. 2011 Under Armour First Team All-America selection. 2010 ESPNHS National Junior of the Year. 2009 and 2010 Class 3A state champion.

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POY Potential: Top 5 Fla. volleyball recruits

October, 19, 2011
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The Gatorade Player of the Year Program honors athletes who meet comprehensive and exacting criteria in high school sports. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders also must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of PrepVolleyball.com's Senior Aces rankings.

That being said, the state’s top five recruits as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com are sure to enter the 2011-12 Gatorade Volleyball Player of the Year conversation at some point. Here they are …

Return of the POY: Jordan Burgess
Paul Warner/ESPNHSJordan Burgess is the returning Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year.
1. Berkeley Prep (Tampa, Fla.) outside hitter and returning Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year Jordan Burgess

  • PrepVolleyball Senior Aces rank: No. 3
  • Height: 6-foot
  • Club: Tampa Bay Juniors
  • College: Stanford University (verbal)
  • John Tawa, publisher of PrepVolleyball.com: "Watch Burgess on the court and you might not see anyone else. The ultra-athletic attacker is everywhere. She's the vocal leader in the middle in serve-receive. She's the blur -- curly hair flying -- chasing down a shanked ball well beyond the baseline. She's Superman, going horizontal to keep a certain point off of the opponent's ledger. She’s the acrobatic pin attacker out-quicking the block for an easy kill. She's the dervish flying out of the middle or from the back row with a swing that tears her foe’s heart out. She's the fist pump and the swagger and maybe, just maybe, the girl with a smile after a great point or match."

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Return of the POY: Fla.'s Jordan Burgess

October, 13, 2011
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The 2011-12 Gatorade State Volleyball Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …

Return of the POY: Jordan Burgess
Paul Warner/ESPNHSJordan Burgess is the returning Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year.
Name: Jordan Burgess

Position: Outside hitter

Grade: Senior

School: Berkeley Prep (Fla.)

College: Stanford University

Height: 6-foot

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade Florida Volleyball Player of the Year ... led Buccaneers (30-2) to the 2010 Class 3A state championship ... No. 6 national recruit in Class of 2012 as ranked by PrepVolleyball.com ... 2010 Miss Volleyball selection as named by the Florida Dairy Farmers ... 2010 USA Volleyball Girls' Youth Olympic Team member ... 2009 and 2010 Class 3A Player of the Year

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