TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State’s outside hitting tandem of Katie Horton and Milica Kubura were named to the Preseason All-ACC team and the Seminoles volleyball team was picked to finish second in the ACC in a vote of the league’s 15 head coaches.
Horton, a senior and three-year starter for head coach Chris Poole, ranks in the top five in four major categories among returnees, including kills (220-2nd), digs (308-2nd), service aces (14-3rd) and total blocks (45-4th).
The Westland, Mich., native capped off her junior campaign by earning Second Team All-ACC honors after recording 198 digs (2.83 digs/set), 139 kills (1.99 kills/set) and 10 service aces in 20 conference matches.
Kubura, also a Second Team All-ACC honoree in 2015, was a solid two-way player for Florida State as she finished second on the team in kills (281) at a clip of 2.35 kills/set. The Belgrade, Serbia, native was also active defensively with 69 total blocks (65 assisted blocks).
Kubura was instrumental in guiding the Seminoles to a 17-3 mark in ACC action in 2015 after finishing in the top five on the team in kills (173-2nd), kills/set (2.40-2nd), assisted blocks (43-4th), total blocks (47-4th) and blocks/set (0.65-5th) in league play.
“I’m very proud of Katie and Milica earning the preseason All-ACC honor,” said head coach Chris Poole. “They are both hard workers and have really committed to being better this season. We have some holes to fill from last season and our depth in the hitting position is down a little from the past four years so we will need to stay healthy throughout the season. The ACC is bringing in a lot of talent each season and with 15 schools, these awards are difficult to earn.”
Thirteen of the 18 selections were voted to the 2015 All-ACC Team. The list also features two student-athletes that were awarded honorable mention All-America honors and 10 that were named to various All-Region Teams by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.
Along with garnering a pair of Preseason All-ACC selections the Seminoles were picked by the league’s 15 head coaches to finish second to North Carolina in the 2016 campaign.
The Tar Heels garnered 194 out of a possible 196 points and 12 first-place votes. Coaches were not allowed to include their own team in their predicted order of finish. North Carolina’s roster features 12 returning members from last year’s squad.
“We have now finished first or second in the ACC in six of the last seven seasons, so I feel that we are getting the benefit of the doubt in a preseason poll,” added Poole. “We lost a lot of firepower from last season both expected and unexpected, so we need the returning players to really step up for us. I believe we will need to be a more balanced team offensively and compete in matches with everyone contributing. I’m excited to see how much our incoming players can contribute to the lineup and excited to start practicing again.”
Florida State opens the season on Saturday, August 27 when the Seminoles head to UCF for a 1 p.m. match with the Knights.
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2016 ACC Volleyball Predicted Order of Finish
1. North Carolina (194)
2. Florida State (182)
3. Miami (159)
4. Louisville (146)
5. Pitt (142)
6. Duke (127)
7. Georgia Tech (117)
8. Virginia (101)
9. Virginia Tech (100)
10. Syracuse (95)
11. Notre Dame (72)
12. NC State (53)
T13. Boston College (30)
15. Wake Forest (27)
2016 Preseason All-ACC Team
Molly Sauer, L, So., Louisville
Janelle Jenkins, OH, R-Sr., Louisville
Tess Clark, MB, Jr., Louisville
Taylor Treacy, OH/RS, RSr., North Carolina
Taylor Leath, OH, RSo., North Carolina
Katie Horton, OH, Sr., Florida State
Milica Kubura, OH, Jr., Florida State
Haley Templeton, S, Jr., Miami
Olga Strantzali, OH, Jr., Miami
Jordan Tucker, MB, Sr., Duke
Sasha Karelov, L, Sr., Duke
Leah Perri, OH, Sr., Clemson
Teegan Van Gunst, OH, Sr., Georgia Tech
Sam Fry, MB, Jr., Notre Dame
Jenna Potts, MB, RSr., Pittsburgh
Leah Levert, MB, Jr., Syracuse
Haley Kole, OH, Jr., Virginia
Lindsey Owens, OH, Sr., Virginia Tech