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 …
Name: Jordan Burgess
Position: Outside hitter
School: Berkeley Prep (Fla.)
College: Stanford University
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
Academics: 4.00 GPA
Extracurricular activities: two-year director of the "Everyone Should Play" Foundation, a charitable initiative formed in 2009 to assist disadvantaged youth in the Tampa area offset sports registration fees and equipment costs ... youth volleyball coach ... three-year team manager of the Berkeley Prep boys volleyball squad ... local literacy-outreach program volunteer ... counselor at a two-week youth business leadership summer camp in 2007 and 2008 ... fundraising on behalf of Heifer International
Berkeley Prep head coach Randy Dagostino: "It is rare that coaches have a truly remarkable athlete who also is the hardest-working athlete they've ever had. That is Jordan Burgess. On top of that, she is a great team player."
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning volleyball underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …
Nicole Walch SR OH/MB Martin County; MacKenzie Dagostino SR S/RS Berkeley Prep; Hannah Noon SR S Niceville; Leigh Andrew SR OH Westminster Academy; Sarah Burrington SR MB Riverview; Courtney Liddle SR OH Nature Coast; Victoria McPherson SR MB North Broward Prep; Paulina Prieto SR MB Palmer Trinity; Berkley Whaley SR OH Lakewood
A dedicated POY team at ESPNHS manages the Gatorade Player of the Year program selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the award program’s behalf. Candidates are judged upon athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must also demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Any class year is eligible, senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of recruit rankings.
To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.