As a freshman: Missed 13 matches due to injury, but started in 14 of her 22 appearances... Posted 135 kills with a team-best .264 attack percentage... Recorded 37 blocks (four solo), good for fifth on the team... Also posted 37 assists on the year with 30 digs... Ended the season with 155.5 points, averaging 2.10 per game (fourth)... Reached double-digit kills four times, including in each of the final three matches, with a season-best 12 coming at Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 7... Put up five blocks in the season finale against St. Francis (NY)... Named an NEC Rookie of the Week pick.
Before Bryant: Burgess was a three-year starter and four-year letterwinner at Urbana High School... Named a Big 12 All-Conference selection as a junior and a senior... Selected as an all-conference honorable mention as a sophomore... Named a three-year Most Valuable Player for the Tigers (2007-09)... Was a three-time News-Gazette All-Area team from 2007-09... Earned all-tournament team nods in the 2008 Minooka Tournament and the 2009 Mahomet Tournament... Named Most Athletic Senior Female at Urbana... Named a Big 12 Conference Scholar-Athlete... National Honors Society member... National Exchange Club Student of the Month... President of the student senate and editor of the yearbook... Played club for Illini Elite VBC from 2005-09 and currently plays for Primetime VBC.
Personal: Daughter of Stephen and Deanna Burgess, Mariah Kay Burgess was born on December 17, 1991... Has one brother, Stephen, Jr.