Stanford’s Burgess Named Pac-12 Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year

SAN FRANCISCO - STANFORD’s Jordan Burgess was named the Pac-12 Women’s Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, the Conference office announced on Wednesday. The award, which is presented in each of the 23 sports the Pac-12 sponsors, was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are standouts both academically and in their sports discipline.

Jordan Burgess (Fort Myers, Fla.) is a human biology major with a 3.62 grade point average and was also recently named to the Pac-12 All-Academic squad, earning a spot on the first team. A Senior CLASS Award finalist this season, she was a second team CoSIDA Academic All-America in 2014.

On the court, Burgess is a 2014 first team AVCA All-American, garnering honorable mention nods in 2013 as a sophomore. She is also a two-time second team All-American by Volleyball Magazine and has twice been named to the NCAA Regional All-Tournament team in her career. She has helped Stanford claim two Pac-12 titles (2012 and 2014) and a national semifinal appearance in 2014, and became only the ninth Stanford player to reach the 1,000 mark in both kills and digs. This season, she is averaging 1.99 kills per set and 2.31 points per set this season, helping the Cardinal to a 34th-straight trip to the NCAA Tournament.

In order to be eligible for the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, student-athletes must be a senior (in athletics eligibility) on track to receive a degree, have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher, participate in at least 50 percent of the scheduled contests in the sport and have a minimum one year in residence at the institution. Each Pac-12 institution may nominate one individual per sport, and the winners are selected by a committee of Pac-12 staff members at the conclusion of each sport’s regular season. The athletics accomplishments of the nominees are a consideration in voting for the award.

A Scholar-Athlete of the Year will be named in each of the Pac-12’s 23 sponsored sports: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, beach volleyball, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, football, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s gymnastics, men’s rowing, women’s rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, softball, men’s swimming & diving, women’s swimming & diving, men’s tennis, women’s tennis, men’s track & field, women’s track & field, women’s volleyball, and wrestling. The award was first established during the 2008-09 academic year.

Burgess and the sixth-ranked Cardinal host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 3 and 4, after being awarded the No. 8 overall seed in the event. Stanford faces New Mexico State in the opening round and could face the winner of the Loyola Marymount-Colorado State matchup in the second round.

Also Nominated:
Bianca Arellano, ASU; Nicole Edelman, COLO; Haley Clarke, OSU; Rachel Inouye, UCLA; Alicia Ogoms, USC; Kendall Cygan, UTAH; Melanie Wade, WASH.

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