September 23, 2016 - by
Horton, Kubura Highlight Sweep of Miami
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Katie Horton posted her 14th career double-double (13 kills, 11 digs) and Milica Kubura added 11 kills and three assisted blocks as 15th-ranked Florida State improved to 8-2 overall in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of league archrival Miami on Friday evening at Tully Gym.
Horton, who reached double figure kills for the fifth time this season, finished off an errorless performance after attacking the Hurricane (5-6, 0-1 ACC) defense on 22 occasions as she posted a .591 attack percentage. Kubura, also notching her fifth double-digit kill outing of the season, made 16 total attacks and committed one miscue as she posted a .625 attack percentage.
Senior Hailey Luke, who recorded a team-high 19 assists, anchored a rhythmic Florida State offense that tallied 44 kills and limited itself to seven errors en route to a .457 attack percentage. It marked the Seminoles’ sixth-best attack percentage in a three-set match against an ACC opponent since the rally scoring era began in 2001.
Defensively the trio of Melanie Keil, Christina Ambrose and Kubura led the way for a front row unit that tallied 15 blocks (12 assisted), limiting Miami to a .095 attack percentage. Keil led the way with six blocks, while Kubura added four and Ambrose contributed three. Along with nine digs from Woie, Florida State won its ninth consecutive ACC home opener under head coach Chris Poole.
Trailing 2-0 in the match, Miami regained its focus during the intermission and opened the third set on a 6-1 run behind Olga Strantzali’s service game. Timely kills by Luke, Bozena Culo and Mara Green helped the Seminoles trim the lead to 13-10 by scoring nine of the next 16 points.
Kubura and Natasha Calkins completed the comeback for Florida State which eventually moved in front 19-17, forcing a Hurricane timeout. Horton and Kubura recorded two kills each while Miami committed two errors as Florida State posted the six-point victory.
Kills from Ambrose and Green along with three Miami errors opened the door for an 8-3 Seminole lead early in the second set. The Hurricanes were again forced to burn an early timeout, surrendering seven of the next 13 points, which included three kills by Kubura and two from Horton, as they fell into a 15-9 hole.
A strike by Sakile Simmons pulled Miami within four, but two kills each from Horton and Calkins provided Florida State with a 21-13 edge late in the second. Ambrose drove home the final two kills of the set as the Noles took a 2-0 lead into the intermission with a 10-point win.
“We played really well with the exception of part of set two and little bit at the first of set three,” said Poole. “We’ve had some injuries that we’ve had to deal with this season and this week so it was good to see us put it all together and play really well.”
The Seminoles capitalized on five Miami errors and two kills by Ambrose top open up a 10-5 lead in the early stages of the first set. Florida State’s offense remained in stride, despite a Hurricane timeout, as the service game of Culo along with three kills off the hand of Green and two from Horton extended the Seminoles’ advantage to 16-5.
A series of kills by Anna Haak brought Miami with nine points, but it was two kills by Horton coupled with a series of errors by Strantzali that provided Florida State with a 21-9 cushion. The Seminoles, who posted a .609 attack percentage in the frame, used kills down the stretch by Ambrose and Kubura to complete the 13-point victory.
When the Seminoles square off against Louisville (5-5) at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Florida State will be looking to avenge a five-set loss that took place on Nov. 15, 2015 and ultimately gave the 2015 ACC Championship to the Cardinals. It marks only the third time that the former Metro Conference rivals have met as members of the ACC.
Seminole fans will have the opportunity to watch the match as part of the ACC Network Extra package with commentary from Cecile Reynaud and Shawn Davison. Those fans in attendance at the match will receive free koozies and a special commemorative Katie Horton poster that she will autograph following the match.
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