Stanford's Burgess is Pac-12 Scholar-Athete of the Year


Senior outside hitter Jordan Burgess of the No. 6-ranked Stanford women's volleyball team has been named the Pac-12 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.

Burgess is a human biology major with a 3.62 GPA. She also has been named a top-10 finalist for the Senior CLASS Award this season. Last year, she was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, Stanford's first Academic All-American since 2011. She is also a three-time Pac-12 All-Academic honoree, earning first team recognition this season.

Burgess is averaging 1.99 kills and 1.90 digs per set this season. In 2014, she became just the ninth Cardinal player to record 1,000 career kills and digs. She is currently sixth all-time at Stanford with 1,312 career digs. Burgess is a two-time AVCA All-American, earning first team accolades as a junior. She is also a two-time Volleyball Magazine Second Team All-American and has helped lead the Cardinal to two Pac-12 titles (2012, 2014) and an appearance in the 2014 Final Four.

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.

Among the other seven nominees for the honor was Washington senior Melanie Wade from Palo Alto High.

Stanford, the eighth overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, plays host to New Mexico State in the first round on Thursday at 7 p.m. The winner will face the winner of the Colorado State-Loyola Marymount match on Friday, also at 7 p.m.

— Stanford Athletics

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