December 6, 2016 - by
AVCA Recognizes Four Seminoles on All-East Region Squad
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Florida State volleyball’s Mara Green, Katie Horton, Melanie Keil and Milica Kubura received their second wave of postseason honors on Tuesday when they were named to the AVCA All-East Region team.
Green, Horton and Kubura were named all-region, while Keil received honorable mention accolades among the 22 individuals recognized in the East Region. The quartet of Seminoles also received All-ACC honors on Nov. 28 and moved the number of AVCA All-Region honorees to 37 in program history.
“I’m proud of these four young ladies and it is a great honor for them to be recognized regionally,” said head coach Chris Poole. “Every player on our roster has contributed in a big way this year and I’m proud that these four were recognized for their exceptional play.”
Green earned her first AVCA All-East Region honor after capping the regular season as both the ACC and Florida State leader in hitting percentage (.374). A dominant player for the Seminoles throughout the season, Green posted better than a .300 attack percentage in 21 contests. She established her season high in hitting percentage (.857) on Sept. 9 versus Little Rock as she earned All-Tournament honors at the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament.
The McDonough, Ga. native established single-season career highs in kills (233), solo blocks (19), assisted blocks (111) and total blocks (130) in 2016. Green played an integral part last weekend in helping the Seminoles down both Cincinnati and Florida in the opening rounds of the NCAA Tournament as she recorded 11 kills (.269 attack percentage) and posted a team-high 10 blocks.
Horton garnered the second AVCA All-East Region honor of her career and first since the 2014 campaign. She ranks among top five on the team in nine statistical categories including service aces (22-1st), service aces/set (0.18-1st), kills (354-2nd), kills/set (2.90-2nd), digs (402-2nd), digs/set (3.30-2nd), assisted blocks (65-4th) and total blocks (70-4th).
Horton has capitalized on her versatility this season to lead the Florida State lineup with 14 double doubles, while moving her career total to 26. That includes a pair of double-double performances against Cincinnati (17 kills / 26 digs) and Florida (18 kills / 12 digs) in the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament. The 26-dig outing against the Bearcats established a new career-high for the Westland, Mich. native who earlier this season became the first player in program history to record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
Kubura, another two-time All-East Region honoree for the Florida State, tops the lineup in kills (365) and kills/set (2.99). Also named to the 2015 All-East Region team, she was one of the most efficient hitters in the Seminole lineup this season as she capped off the regular season ranked eighth in the ACC in hitting percentage.
Kubura, who owns a .331 hitting percentage, has posted at least a .300 average in 19 matches this season. She established her season-best hitting percentage (.750) by recording 18 kills on 24 swings against Clemson. The Belgrade, Serbia native put together her best single-match performance in the NCAA Tournament last weekend in the come-from-behind victory over Florida as she tallied 14 kills on 29 swings to finish with a .414 hitting percentage.
Keil, a first time honoree by the AVCA, has played an integral role in helping the Seminoles hold the opposition to a .200 hitting percentage or less in 16 matches over the course of the season. That includes limiting Cincinnati to a .178 hitting percentage in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. Keil anchored a Florida State front row that was eighth nationally and second in the ACC in blocks per set (2.90) during the regular season.
Keil, who leads the Seminoles’ defense with 192 total blocks (1.59 blocks/set), finished first in the ACC in total blocks and blocks per set. She capped off the regular season ranked second nationally behind Ali Bastianelli (Illinois).
“Katie has been a rock for us for three years playing full rotation,” added Poole. “She has had to be under a lot of pressure with everything we expected of her. Milica has really established herself as a go-to offensive player for us this season. Mara has been a success story with overcoming injuries over the last four years to making it completely through this final season. She is such a smart volleyball player and knows how to score points. Melanie has been one of the best blockers in the country this year and we depend on her to make a difference when she is on the court.”
The mission of the AVCA is to advance the sport of volleyball with AVCA coaches at the epicenter of leadership, advocacy and professional development. With a membership of over 7,000 and counting, the AVCA provides a professional network for those individuals and companies dedicated to enhancing and promoting the sport. Members include collegiate, high school, club, youth and Olympic coaches, as well as volleyball club directors.
Florida State returns to action on Friday afternoon at 4:30 p.m. EST when the Seminoles face Stanford in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament in Madison, Wisc. It will mark the first-ever meeting between the programs.
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