October 7, 2016 - by
No. 16 Seminoles Suffer First ACC Setback at UNC
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Mara Green and Milica Kubura recorded eight kills each for 16th-ranked Florida State, who suffered a three-set loss to ninth-ranked North Carolina (13-2, 5-0 ACC) by scores of 25-12, 25-22 and 25-21 on Friday evening in a battle of two AVCA Top 25 programs.
Green, who topped eight kills for the fifth time this season, also contributed one solo and one assisted block to Florida State’s (11-3, 4-1 ACC) defensive efforts. Kubura tallied eight kills for the seventh straight match as she finished with a .300 attack percentage, also for the seventh consecutive match.
Melanie Keil also enjoyed a solid outing for the Seminoles as she came through with five kills, a .400 attack percentage and three assisted blocks. The FSU back row was led by the combination of Katie Horton and Cecilie Woie who shared a team-high 11 digs.
A strong showing in the early going of the third set, highlighted by three kills from Green and Christina Ambrose, provided Florida State with a 13-8 lead. North Carolina took advantage of an unforced Seminole error and with Julia Scoles in serve scored the next nine unanswered points as it moved in front by four.
Green and Ambrose got the Seminole offense back on track, allowing Woie to tally three points in serve, as the game reached a 17-17 deadlock on a kill from Keil. Two Scoles kills along with three unforced errors by the Florida State offense allowed North Carolina to complete just its seventh sweep in the 62 all-time meetings.
“I am really disappointed in the loss tonight,” said head coach Chris Poole. “We need to regroup and find a way to move forward against NC State on Sunday. North Carolina played a great match and had a great crowd that really kept them energized. We couldn’t sustain a higher level of play and have to be more consistent if we want to win over a strong Wolfpack team on the road.”
The Seminoles rebounded from a difficult opening set by using two kills each from Green and Kubura to establish the early 6-2 advantage. North Carolina answered the challenge by scoring eight of the next 12 points as they, overcoming two Horton kills along the way, to make for a 10-all tie.
Six points later, with the two units knotted at 13-13, the Tar Heels used a kill by Scoles and the combination of a kill and service ace by Taylor Leath to move in front by three. North Carolina stretched the lead to five, on a kill by Sheila Doyle, but a strike by Natasha Calkins along with two points by Brianne Burkert in serve kept the Seminoles within range, 23-21. The Heels allowed just one final point as they took a 2-0 lead into the intermission.
Florida State capitalized on four kills and four unforced Tar Heel errors to make for a 12-8 contest in the early stages of the first set. Highlighted by a 7-3 run, North Carolina stretched its lead to eight, forcing the second Seminole timeout after two kills from Taylor Treacy and a slam by Hayley McCorkle.
Keil slammed home a kill for Florida State immediately coming out of the breather, but it was the combination of two Leath strikes along with four unforced Seminole errors to post the 13-point win.
The Seminoles return to action at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 9, when they head to Raleigh, N.C., for a clash with NC State (9-7, 2-2 ACC). Florida State owns a 45-5 all-time record against the Wolfpack and has won its last 30 matches in the series dating back to a four-set victory on Sept. 29, 2000. Florida State fans will hear commentary about the match from Andrew Sanders.For more information visit Facebook (Florida State Seminoles Volleyball), Twitter (FSU_Volleyball) and Instagram (FSUvolleyball).

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