November 11, 2016 - by
Horton, Kubura Shine In Four-Set Win Over Eagles
CHESTNUT HILLS, Mass. – Katie Horton recorded her 21st career double-double (13 digs / 10 kills) and Milica Kubura recorded a team-high 16 kills as the 18th-ranked Florida State (19-5, 12-3 ACC) volleyball team posted its eighth road win of the season with a 22-25, 25-17, 25-17, 25-18 victory on Friday evening.
Kubura, who topped double figure kills for the 14th time this season, posted her season-best attack percentage (.640) after recording 16 kills on 25 swings. It marks the fifth time this season, fourth in a league contest, that she has finished with at least a .500 attack percentage.
Florida State had five players with at least eight kills, including Christina Ambrose (nine), Mara Green (nine) and Melanie Keil (eight). Brianne Burkert, who finished with 29 assists, quarterbacked the Seminoles to 56 kills and a .348 attack percentage. That marked the sixth time this season, fourth in ACC play, that the FSU offense had a .300 attack percentage.
Horton recorded her third double-double in as many matches as she topped double-digit digs for the sixth straight contest. Keil joined her among the defensive leaders with six blocks (one solo), while Green added four to give the Seminoles 18 total blocks. Woie anchored the back row for Florida State with 22 digs, while Hailey Luke contributed eight digs to go along with 18 assists.
Three kills from Kubura and two off the hand of Keil helped Florida State grab a 16-10 lead in the fourth set.
After splitting the next six points the Seminoles used three kills by Green to establish a 22-15 advantage. Ambrose and Keil followed with strikes down the stretch to complete the 20th all-time win over Boston College.
“We started out really slow in the first set but came on strong during the remainder of the match,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We made fewer errors offensively tonight and just need to keep working on consistency. Syracuse will be physical and we need to really step up with our block on Sunday.”
The Seminoles converted five kills, including two by Kubura, to establish a 12-9 lead in the early stages of the third set. Florida State cushioned its lead after its first timeout, putting together a 5-1 run highlighted by kills from the trio of Green, Ambrose and Green.
Keil provided Florida State with a 20-14 lead with a kill on a pass from Luke. She followed with two points in serve, extending the lead to eight, as the Seminoles used kills from Stasa Miljevic and Kubura to complete the win.
The Seminoles capitalized on four kills and two Boston College errors as they grabbed an 8-3 lead to open the second set. Among those four kills was the first in the career of freshman Madison Sullivan.
The Eagles trimmed the lead to four, 12-8, on a Sophia West kill, but Florida State scored six of the next 10 points—highlighted by strikes from Kubura and Ambrose and a service ace by Sullivan. Four kills down the stretch, including a pair from Horton, along with an assisted block by Natasha Calkins and Keil provided the Noles with an eight-point win.
Florida State converted five kills in its first 11 points, including two by Kubura, as the two teams reached an 11-all deadlock. Boston College’s Madisen Lydon answered with back-to-back service aces, before a Kubura slam and a solo block from Keil to draw even at 13.
Trailing by three, 20-17, Florida State scored five of the next eight points on kills from the trio of Horton, Green and Kubura to move within one. However, a kill by Cat Balido and a Seminole unforced error allowed the Eagles to grab a three-point win.
Florida State now turns its attention to a clash with Syracuse which will take place on Sunday, Nov. 13, at 1 p.m.
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