Panas needed every single point possible to grind out a 34-32 win over Old Tappan in the finals of the Vikings Brown and Gold tournament at Clarkstown South on Saturday.
Leading the charge of Panas’ offense was sophomore Yvette Burcescu, who registered more than 50 kills during the Panthers’ run to the championship. The powerful hitter took home MVP honors Saturday, following up a 20-kill performance in a sweep over Yorktown.
Burcescu’s dominating week against such stiff competition has now earned her player of the week honors.
Journal News/Lohud.com volleyball beat reporter Mike Zacchio will pick a player of the week to be announced every Sunday. Fans, coaches, players, etc. can nominate players via Twitter (@Zacchio_LoHud), email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or text (if you have my number).
Please include the players’ name, school, grade, position and stats for the week (all matches from Monday through Sunday, if they played that morning). Tournament performances (all-tournament team, tournament MVP, team win, etc.) count towards this award, even if you don’t have exact stats.
Example: Brooke Davis, Tree Hill H.S., Sr., OH: Brooke had 43 kills, 34 assists, 38 digs and 10 blocks in the Ravens’ three wins this week. She was also named to the all-tournament team at the Rosewood Invitational on Saturday.
There is no limit to how many times a player can win during the season. I will do my best to pick the best candidate. Sometimes that will be a repeat winner. I’ll try to spread the love as much as I can, but as the saying goes, “Men lie, women lie, numbers don’t.”
Announcements will usually be posted in the afternoons or evenings. Please try to submit all nominations by Saturday night (or sooner, if the team does not have a tournament/match over the weekend).