TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State volleyball’s senior middle blocker Melanie Keil was named to the 2016-17 CoSIDA Academic All-District IV Team for the first time in her career on Thursday.
Keil, who has a 3.91 GPA in dietetics, has twice been honored on Florida State’s Dean’s List for maintaining a 3.5 GPA during a semester. On the court in 2016 she ranks among Florida State’s leaders in blocks and hitting percentage.
Keil, who leads the Seminoles with 128 total blocks (1.66 blocks/set), ranks first in the ACC in both total blocks and blocks per set. She also ranks third nationally, 0.07 blocks per set off the pace set by NCAA leader Ali Bastianelli (Illinois), who is averaging 1.73 blocks/set.
In ACC action Keil holds a 0.26 advantage over Jenna Potts (Pittsburgh) in blocks/set and an eight-block advantage in total blocks over Potts (120) heading into this weekend.
The Berlin, Germany native is one of the top defenders in the nation, anchoring a Florida State front row that ranks 10th nationally and second in the ACC in blocks per set (2.88). Keil, who came through with 11 total blocks against Pittsburgh on Oct. 16, was instrumental in the Seminoles posting their high mark in a league match (28 assisted blocks) this season in a four-set win over the Panthers.
Keil is one of three individuals to rank among the top 10 in the ACC in hitting percentage alongside teammates Milica Kubura and Mara Green. Keil, who has converted 116 kills in 276 total attacks while committing only 30 errors en route to a .312 hitting percentage, ranks third on the team and 10th in the ACC in that category.
The hard-hitting senior has eclipsed the .400 hitting percentage plateau in nine matches this season, including a season-best .800 as she recorded four kills in five attacks in a three-set sweep of Florida A&M (Sept. 9).
“I am very proud of Melanie for this honor,” said Florida State head coach Chris Poole. “It is a testament to her dedication both on the court and in the classroom. Even more importantly it shows her ability to balance her time between her academics and her responsibilities as an athlete.”
Keil and her Florida State teammates return to action this weekend as the Seminoles host NC State (Nov. 4) and North Carolina (Nov. 6) in a pair of matches at Tully Gymnasium.
For more information visit Facebook (Florida State Seminoles Volleyball), Twitter (FSU_Volleyball) and Instagram (FSUvolleyball).