Jordan Burgess joined an elite group of female volleyball players, including Cynthia Barboza, Ogonna Nnamani, April Ross, Logan Tom and Kerri Walsh, when she was named Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year this January.
A 6’1” senior outside hitter from Berkley Preparatory School in Tampa, Fla., Burgess led her high school team to a 30-2 record and their third Class 4A state championship this fall. She recorded a hitting percentage of .457 and racked up 366 digs, 48 service aces, and 32 blocks, all while nursing a broken pinky on her dominant hand.
Burgess is rated by PrepVolleyball.com as the number one recruit for the outside hitting position and third overall in the country. She has signed a letter of intent to attend powerhouse Stanford University next fall where she plans to study medicine.
The Gatorade Player of the Year award not only chooses their recipients for their phenomenal athletic abilities, but also their academic excellence and activism in their communities. Burgess is no exception, maintaining a 3.9 GPA and recording a 2100 on the SAT. She is also a founding director of Everyone Should Play, an organization dedicated to raising money to help disadvantaged kids front the costs of competitive athletics, and volunteers with a youth volleyball program as well as acting as manager for her high school’s boys’ volleyball team.
She is now a candidate for the Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award to be presented in July. Burgess is also included in the VBM/ROX Girls’ Fab 50 list and appeared on the 2011 VBM Girls’ High School All-American list.
Originally published in March/April 2012