December 24, 2016 - by
Trio Receive All-America Accolades
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida State volleyball trio of Katie Horton, Milica Kubura and Melanie Keil earned honorable mention All-America honors from on Saturday. The combination were an integral part of the Seminoles’ fifth Sweet 16 appearance in program history this season.
“Volleyball is the ultimate team sport and every player on our team contributed to our success during the season,” said head coach Chris Poole.
“There will always be limits on who gets recognized, but I’m proud that Melanie, Milica and Katie were selected for their exceptional play.”
Horton was also a first team All-ACC and American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-East Region honoree in the postseason. She was joined by Kubura among Florida State players with 300 kills as the duo became the seventh set of teammates, third under head coach Chris Poole, in the rally scoring era to post at least 300 kills in the same season.
Horton also made an impact on the defensive attack by teaming with Cecilie Woie, who tallied 500 digs, to become the fifth tandem in the rally scoring era to have at least 350-plus digs in the same season.
“Katie has been one of our best all-around players the last three years and never backed down from a challenge,” said Poole of Horton’s season.
Kubura is now the recipient of five awards including AVCA honorable mention All-America, first team All-ACC, AVCA All-East Region and Volleyball Magazine honorable mention this postseason.
A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Kubura led the Seminoles to a second place finish in the Atlantic Coast Conference with a 17-3 record. The junior outside hitter, who posted a .330 hitting percentage to rank eighth in the ACC, enjoyed a solid campaign against league opposition by ranking in the top five of eight team categories including kills (244-1st), kills/set (3.13-1st), hitting percentage (.330-2nd), total blocks (59-3rd), assisted blocks (55-3rd), blocks/set (0.76-3rd) and solo blocks (4-4th).
“Milica had a great season offensively and the team relied on her to be a go to player when the game was on the line,” Poole described Kubura.
Keil capped off her career, which includes two seasons with the Seminoles, with 384 kills (1.24 kills/set), a .279 attack percentage along with 479 total blocks (46 solo blocks / 391 assisted blocks / 1.31 blocks/set).
Keil closed out the regular season ranked second nationally in total blocks (192), nine off the pace set by Ali Bastianelli (Illinois) and had the fifth-best block/set average in the nation as she began the NCAA Tournament (1.59), also off the pace set by Bastianelli.
“Melanie had great hang time when she was blocking and we depended on her to slow down the opponent attack,” Poole added of Keil.
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