November 27, 2017 - by
Kubura and Knuth Earn All-ACC Honors; Knuth Named ACC Freshman of the Year

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior right side hitter Milica Kubura and freshman middle blocker Taryn Knuth received All-ACC honors, the conference announced on Monday (Nov. 27). Knuth was also named the ACC Freshman of the Year, making her the first FSU player to receive the recognition since 2003.

Kubura was named to the All-ACC First Team, marking her second appearance on the First Team and fourth All-ACC honor. Knuth received Second Team and All-Freshman Team honors alongside her Freshman of the Year nod, giving her five total accolades so far in her rookie season.

“I’m excited for Mili and Taryn, and the recognition is a great honor for them and for our program,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We have had a lot of different players step up at different times this season, but these two have been two of our most consistent.”

Kubura is the first four-time honoree in program history after being named to the All-Freshman team in 2014, the Second Team in 2015 and the First Team in both 2016 and 2017. She currently leads the Seminoles with 372 kills (3.61 per set) and 848 total attacks for a .305 hitting percentage. This season she has also added on 61 digs and 111 total blocks (five solo).

“Mili has proven to be one of the best players in the ACC the last four years,” Poole said. “Tt’s fitting for her to finish again with a First Team honor.”

Kubura is ranked both in the conference and nationally in four different categories, with her 4.19 points per set leading the way with a 7th place ranking in the ACC and a national ranking of 97th.

Knuth is only the third player in program history to receive the ACC Freshman of the Year recognition, following Kate Hemlepp in 1997 and Cassie McLaughlin in 2003. Her Second Team honor makes her the 38th All-ACC performer in program history, and the 13th named to the All-Freshman team. She stepped up in her rookie season to become the Seminoles’ primary middle blocker, leading the team with 158 total blocks (22 solo), and has tacked on 208 kills for the highest hitting percentage (.311) of anyone on the team with 100+ kills.

“Taryn has a very bright future and I’m excited for her to be selected as a Second Team All-ACC player,” Poole said. “However, I am equally excited that she was recognized as the best freshman in the ACC this season. It’s a well-deserved honor.”

Knuth is one of the highest-ranked players both in the conference and in the nation in two defensive categories – Her 1.50 blocks per set leads the ACC and ranks 11th nationally, while her 158 total blocks ranks second in the conference and 16th nationally. She is the highest ranked freshman in both categories, and has earned two ACC Freshman of the Week honors this season.

The two will continue to lead the team this season as Florida State heads to its 20th NCAA Tournament appearance – and ninth consecutive trip – later this week, heading to Lincoln, Nebraska to face Washington State in the first round.



All-ACC First Team

Olga Strantzali#, Sr., OH, Miami
Nika Markovic!, So., RS, Pittsburgh
Julia Brown!, Sr., OH, NC State
Wilma Rivera, Jr., S, Louisville
Santita Ebangwese!, Jr., MB, Syracuse
Melanie McHenry, So, OH, Louisville
Milica Kubura@, Sr., RS, Florida State
Gabriela Stavnetchei, Sr., OH, Georgia Tech
Haley Templeton#, Sr., S, Miami
Kamalani Akeo!, Jr., S, Pittsburgh
Stephanie Williams!, So., OH, Pittsburgh
Kylie Pickrell, Jr., S, NC State
Beth Nordhorn, Sr., MH, North Carolina
Ryann DeJarld!, Jr., L, Notre Dame


All-ACC Second Team

Samantha Fry@, Sr., MH, Notre Dame
Taylor Leath, Jr., OH, North Carolina
Jemma Yeadon!, So., OH, Notre Dame
Molly Sauer#, Jr., L, Louisville
Taryn Knuth, Fr., MB, Florida State
Cadie Bates, Sr., OH, Duke
Jaila Tolbert!, Jr., OPP, Virginia Tech
Kylie Long!, Sr., OH, Wake Forest
Kaitlyn Kearney!, Sr., MB, NC State
Tess Clark@, Sr., OH, Louisville
Bree Bailey, Gr., OH, NC State
Maggie DeJong!, Sr., MB, Louisville
Jasmine Bennett, Jr., MB, Louisville
Kaylin Korte, So, OH, Clemson


ACC All-Freshmen Team

Taryn Knuth, MB, Florida State
Kayla Lund, OH, Pittsburgh
Chinaza Ndee, MH, Pittsburgh
Payton Schwantz, OH, Duke
Ella Saada, OH, Syracuse
Kaity Smith, OH, Virginia Tech
Melissa Evans, OPP, NC State
Summer Brown, MB, Duke
Sarah Billiard, OH, Virginia


Player of the Year: Olga Strantzali, Sr., OH, Miami
Defensive Player of the Year: Molly Sauer, Jr., L, Louisville
Setter of the Year: Wilma Rivera, Jr., S, Louisville
Freshman of the Year: Taryn Knuth, MB, Florida State
Coach of the Year: Dan Fisher, Pittsburgh


@ – Four-time selection
# – Three-time selection
! – Two-time selection
* – Unanimous selection

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