GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Florida State indoor volleyball team was picked to finish second in the Atlantic Coast Conference for the third consecutive year by the 15 head coaches in the league. Senior Milica Kubura earned a spot on the Preseason All-ACC Team for the second year in a row.
Kubura enters her senior year with the Seminoles in 2017 after an impressive junior campaign. She ended the 2016 season ranked in the top five on the team in seven major categories including kills (376-1st), kills/set (2.98-1st), hitting percentage (.327-2nd), assisted blocks (78-3rd), total blocks (84-3rd), blocks per set (0.67-3rd) and solo blocks (6-4th).
“Mili is very deserving of being selected as part of the pre-season All-ACC team,” head coach Chris Poole said. “She has worked very hard her last three years and has earned many honors both on the court and in the classroom.”
Kubura’s second Preseason All-ACC selection just adds to her extensive resume, with accolades including a First Team All-ACC selection, an AVCA All-East Region honor and numerous academic awards from the ACC, AVCA and CoSIDA.
The Seminoles trail the defending ACC champions, the North Carolina Tarheels, by 27 points in the poll, and lead third-place Pitt by only one point.
“I’m a little surprised with the 2nd place ranking, but honored to have received the votes,” Poole said. “This is probably more due to our reputation of finishing in the top two of the ACC in seven of the last eight seasons. We did lose four starters with three of those being named to an all-American team and the fourth one a four-year starter and captain of the team.”
FSU will return seven players from the 2016 season, where it went 17-3 in conference play and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament.
“We still have a lot of talent, but we are going to be very young and have several players returning from serious injuries,” Poole said. “In fact, this will be the most freshman I’ve had since 1994. We have some big question marks with our returning injuries and will not know whether they are ready for the season until we start playing. I love the potential of this team, but it will be a great challenge to get them ready in a very short amount of time. We need to stay injury free and healthy through the two-week preseason if we are going to progress in time for our first matches.”
The 2017 volleyball season opens on Friday, August 25th, with conference play beginning for the Seminoles on Friday, Sept. 22nd.
2017 ACC Volleyball Preseason All-ACC Team
Leah Meyer, Jr., MB, Duke
Milica Kubura, Sr., OH, Florida State
Gabriela Stavnetchei, Sr., OH, Georgia Tech
Tess Clark, Sr., MB/ OH, Louisville
Molly Sauer, Jr., L, Louisville
Olga Strantzali, Sr., OH, Miami
Haley Templeton, R-Jr., S, Miami
Taylor Fricano, Sr., MH/ OP, North Carolina
Taylor Leath, Jr., OH, North Carolina
Julia Scoles, So., OH, North Carolina
Bree Bailey, GS, OH, NC State
Julia Brown, Sr., OH, NC State
Sam Fry, Sr., MB, Notre Dame
Caroline Holt, Sr., S, Notre Dame
Kamalani Akeo, Jr., S, Pitt
Stephanie Williams, R-So., OH, Pitt
Santita Ebangwese, Jr., MB, Syracuse
Kylie Long, Sr., OH, Wake Forest
2017 ACC Volleyball Preseason Coaches Poll