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Burgess follows long line of Berkeley volleyball talent

The Tampa Tribune
Published:   |   Updated: March 22, 2013 at 03:55 AM

Since the Florida Dairy Farmers began honoring the best in high school volleyball around the state in 1992, no other school has had more players named Miss Volleyball, which goes to the top player in Florida, than Berkeley Prep.

On Monday, Berkeley junior Jordan Burgess officially became the next in line from the school to win the award.

Burgess was honored by Dairy Farmers at the school as Miss Volleyball 2010, becoming only the second junior in the 19-year history to win the award.

"I'm really excited (to win the award)," Burgess said. "It was more of a team award than an individual award."

Burgess finished this past season with 540 kills, 318 digs, 51 blocks and 37 aces to lead the Buccaneers to their second straight Class 3A state title. Burgess, the two-time 3A Player of the Year by Dairy Farmers, is the first player from Hillsborough County to win the award since Plant's Kellie Catanach in 2007 and first player from Berkeley since Janet Okagbaa in 2005. The other two Berkeley recipients of the award are Delavane Diaz (1999) and Kelly Flannigan (1992).

"Certainly, those players went on to do well (in college)," Burgess said. "Coach (Randy) Dagostino has been there for all those players. That shows how great of a coach he is."

Dagostino, who registered his 29th season as coach and owns a 799-152 career record, guided Berkeley to its 14th state title, all under his direction, and a 30-2 record. Dagostino was also recognized Monday by Dairy Farmers as Coach of the Year. He won the inaugural honor in 1992.

"Every coach becomes a much better coach when you have good, hard-working kids to train," he said. "(Miss Volleyball) has been given 19 times, so to have been able to work with four kids that talented and committed to excellence and to have four teams capable of having a player nominated (is an accomplishment)."