The Gatorade State Volleyball Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
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THE WINNER: Sam Burgio
School: Eden (N.Y.)
Position: Outside hitter
Athletic achievement: She led the Raiders to a 37-8-1 record and the Class C state championship this past season, their state-record seventh title in a row. Burgio recorded 646 kills, 510 digs, 140 service aces and 79 blocks. A First Team All-State selection each of the past two seasons, she’s also a two-time member of the All-State Tournament Team.
Academic excellence: Burgio has maintained an A average.
Exemplary character: Also a talented singer, she has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and youth sports programs.
“Burgio is one of the best outside hitters I’ve seen play the game,” said Renee Smith, head coach at Tonawanda High. “Her biggest strength is her power and control over the ball. She’s smart and she always knows where the ball is supposed to go.”
THE FUTURE: Burgio will begin her senior year of high school next fall.