October 9, 2016 - by

Horton, No. 16 FSU Battle Past NC State

RALEIGH, N.C. – The senior trio of Katie Horton (15 kills), Mara Green (12 kills) and Melanie Keil (seven total blocks) helped 16th-ranked Florida State (12-3, 5-1 ACC) earn its first ACC road victory of the season by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 27-25 at NC State (10-8, 3-3 ACC) in Reynolds Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
Horton, who moved within two kills of 1,000 for her career, posted her fourth double-double of the season as she tied her career-high in digs (20) which she set against Georgia Tech on Nov. 25, 2015.
Green topped the double-digit kill plateau for the second time this season as she tallied a career-best 12 kills while posting a .500 attack percentage that included only two errors in 20 attempts.
Keil led the way for a Florida State front row that recorded 22 assisted blocks, notching at least five assisted blocks for the eighth time this season. Joining the senior middle blocker among those who stonewalled the NC State offense were Milica Kubura (six assisted blocks) and Green, who contributed four assisted blocks and the Seminoles’ lone solo block.
Junior Cecilie Woie highlighted the back row with a career-best 28 digs. Woie, who topped her previous career-high in digs by five, also recorded two services and two assists for the Seminoles. She was joined in double figure digs by Horton and Brianne Burkert, who added 10 digs to go along with 31 assists for the ninth double-double of her career.
“We are very glad to get the win,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We have a lot of work to do, but we are still finding a way to win most of our matches. Our inconsistent play us really hurting us because we often have big leads we lose. We need to be more disciplined with our play.”Looking to rebound from a late NC State rally in the third frame, the Seminoles opened up the fourth set on a 7-1 tear as they capitalized on five unforced Wolfpack errors in the process. Despite brief runs by NC State, who trimmed the deficit to four on two occasions, FSU extended its lead to 19-11 following a decisive kill by Keil.

Three kills each from Julia Brown and Perry Ramsey kick-started the NC State offense as it put together a 12-4 run to bring the game to a climatic 23-23 tie. Florida State battled past two match points by the Wolfpack and used kills down the stretch by Keil and Natasha Calkins to its their 31st straight victory over NC State.
Trailing 2-0 in the match, NC State quickly assumed a 4-1 lead in the third behind the play of Brown and Teni Sopitan. The Seminoles would eventually draw even, 6-6, with the service game of Woie for the first of four ties.
With the third set even at nine, NC State briefly assumed a three-point advantage, before a series of slams by Green and Kubura forced a 16-16 deadlock. The Pack eventually regained the lead, 20-19, and overcame kills from Horton and Ambrose and a pair of unforced errors down the stretch to complete the two-point win over Florida State.
Solid defense and kills from the combination of Kubura, Green and Christina Ambrose provided Florida State with an early 5-1 advantage in the second set. The Wolfpack retaliated, in similar fashion to the opening set, to pull even at five-all for the first of seven ties.
Back-to-back kills by the tandem of Kubura and Ambrose sparked a 5-1 run, which also included strikes by Horton and Keil, as FSU enjoyed a 16-12 lead. The Pack would pull within three on two occasions, but it was two kills by Ambrose along with strikes from Horton, Green and Kubura that gave the Seminoles a six-point win.
Two kills by Horton and three Wolfpack errors allowed Florida State to establish an 8-4 advantage early in the first set. However, NC State found its offensive form and used two strikes from the combination of Erin Chatman and Sopitan to pull even at 12-all.
The two teams forced four ties, including a 16-16 deadlock, before strikes by Horton and Green along with a Burkert service ace helped the Seminoles forge ahead 21-18.  Horton capped off a solid opening set with her sixth kill and with the assistance of a Kubura slam and two NC State errors closed out the three-point win for the Noles.
Florida State returns to Tully Gymnasium on Friday when the Seminoles host Virginia Tech as part of the Paint it Pink match. FSU begins play at 7 p.m. with the Hokies. Two days later the Noles will host Pittsburgh at 1 p.m. in a match featured on the ACC Network Extra.
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