November 28, 2016 - by
Four Named All-ACC Performers in 2016
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Four members of the Florida State volleyball team, including Mara Green, Katie Horton, Melanie Keil and Milica Kubura, received All-ACC honors on Monday from the league office.
Both Horton and Kubura were named as first team honorees, while Green and Keil earned second team honors. Florida State and Pittsburgh tied for the second-most All-ACC first and second team performers (four), one behind ACC Champion North Carolina who finished with five. It gives the Seminoles 37 All-ACC performers in program history, including 21 named to the first team.
“I am very proud of all our players and this is a special honor recognized by the other coaches in the league,” said head coach Chris Poole. “It is honors such as these that make the coaching staff pleased with the caliber of players that we are able to recruit here to Florida State. All of them represent both the program and Florida State University very well.”
Horton, who garnered second team honors in 2014 and 2015, earned a spot on the first team after finishing top five on the team in nine statistical categories including service aces (22-1st), service aces/set (0.19-1st), kills (319-2nd), kills/set (2.82-2nd), digs (364-2nd), digs/set (3.22-2nd), assisted blocks (60-4th), total blocks (65-4th) and blocks/set (0.58-5th).
Horton enters the NCAA Tournament against Cincinnati this weekend as the team’s 2016 leader in double doubles (12). She recorded 10 double-double performances against ACC competition this season, allowing her to establish new career highs in digs (23 at Notre Dame, Oct. 30) and kills (21 at Syracuse, Nov. 13). Horton also became the first player in program history to don a Seminole jersey and record 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.
Kubura, also a second team honoree in 2015, capped off regular season play as the team leader in kills (345) and kills/set (3.05). Kubura is tied with Horton for the most double-digit kill outings on the team this season (17), posting at least 15 kills on eight occasions. The hard-hitting junior drove home a career-high 20 kills in Florida State’s four-set victory over Syracuse on Nov. 13.
Kubura was one of the most efficient hitters in the Seminole lineup, ranking eighth in the ACC and second on the team in hitting percentage (.331). She posted at least a .300 hitting percentage in 18 matches, and established her season-best hitting percentage (.750) as she recorded 18 kills on 24 swings against Clemson (Nov. 23). The tandem of Kubura and Green, who finished with a .722 hitting percentage against the Tigers, became the first Seminole tandem in the rally scoring era to post at least a .700 hitting percentage against a league opponent in the same match.
Green, a first time All-ACC honoree, closed out the regular season as both the ACC and Florida State leader in hitting percentage at a clip of .374. A dominant player for the Seminoles throughout the season, Green posted better than a .300 attack percentage in 20 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.
Green has enjoyed a solid senior campaign that includes single-season career highs in kills (222), solo blocks (19), assisted blocks (101) and total blocks (121). She has topped double-figure kills on four occasions in 2016, notching a career-high 14 in a four-set victory over Clemson (Nov. 23). Earlier this month, Green posted the first double-double of her career (11 kills, 11 total blocks) after tying her career-high in assisted blocks with nine in a five-set clash with the Wolfpack.
Keil, another first time All-ACC honoree, anchored Florida State’s front defense that limited opponents to a .177 attack percentage. The Berlin, Germany, native led both the team and the ACC in total blocks (183), assisted blocks (157) and solo blocks (26) in 112 sets played.
Leading the Seminoles to eighth nationally in blocks per set (2.90), Keil currently ranks second nationally in blocks per set (1.63) and fifth in the NCAA in total blocks heading into this weekend. Keil capped off the 2016 season with three double-digit block outings, including a career-high 13 blocks in the season-opener at UCF on Aug. 27. In that clash with the Knights, Keil led the way for a Florida State unit combined for 19 team blocks and established the program’s three-set, rally scoring record for most blocks in a match since the NCAA moved to a 25-point format in 2008.
The Seminoles received their 19th invitation in program history to the NCAA Tournament on Sunday evening when they learned they will head to Gainesville to face Cincinnati on Friday, Dec. 2 at 4:30 p.m. The NCAA Tournament appearance marks a program-record eighth straight under Poole.
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