High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Sarah Burrington

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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