Florida State Women's Volleyball - 2016 Year In Review

Coaching Staff
Chris Poole, Head Coach
Jeff Hulsmeyer, Associate Head Coach
Ameije Ismaili, Student Assistant
Anna Khrystenko, Assistant Coach
Aubrey Marsellis, Director of Operations
Caitlin Quinn, Strength and Conditioning

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2016 Women's Volleyball

Seniors Katie Horton, Hailey Luke, Mara Green and Melanie Keil

2016 Florida State Signees/Newcomers

Natasha Calkins, 6-1, RSH, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Bozena Culo, 6-2, OH, Bjelovar, Croatia

Stasa Miljevic, 6-3, MB, Belgrade, Serbia

Madison Sullivan, 5-7, L, Jacksonville


2016 Roster - By Name

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
* 10 Christina Ambrose     OH      6-3   So-R *    Winter Park (Winter Park/Purdue)
*  6 Brianne Burkert       S       6-1   So   *    Richardson, TX (Pearce)
*  3 Natasha Calkins       RSH     6-1   Jr        Calgary, Alberta, Canada (William Aberhart/Santa Clara)
*  5 Bozena Culo           OH      6-2   Fr        Bjelovar, Croatia (Architectural Technical School)
* 35 Mara Green            MB      6-1   Sr-R ***  McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Ady)
*  4 Katie Horton          OH      6-1   Sr   **   Westland, MI (Wayne Memorial/Ohio)
* 21 Melanie Keil          MB      6-1   Sr   *    Berlin, Germany (Coubertin Gymnasium/Nebraska)
*  7 Milica Kubura         OH      6-4   Jr   **   Belgrade, Serbia (Third Belgrade)
*  8 Hailey Luke           S       6-0   Sr   ***  Altamonte Springs (Lake Brantley)
* 15 Stasa Miljevic        MB      6-3   Fr        Belgrade, Serbia (XIII Belgrade Gymnasium)
*  9 Madison Sullivan      L       5-7   Fr        Jacksonville (Fletcher)
*  1 Cecilie Woie          L       5-6   Jr   **   Alsvag, Norway

2016 Roster - By Number

L
T                                             PY
R No Name                  Pos     Hgt   Cl   Ltr  Hometown (Prior School)
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
*  1 Cecilie Woie          L       5-6   Jr   **   Alsvag, Norway
*  3 Natasha Calkins       RSH     6-1   Jr        Calgary, Alberta, Canada (William Aberhart/Santa Clara)
*  4 Katie Horton          OH      6-1   Sr   **   Westland, MI (Wayne Memorial/Ohio)
*  5 Bozena Culo           OH      6-2   Fr        Bjelovar, Croatia (Architectural Technical School)
*  6 Brianne Burkert       S       6-1   So   *    Richardson, TX (Pearce)
*  7 Milica Kubura         OH      6-4   Jr   **   Belgrade, Serbia (Third Belgrade)
*  8 Hailey Luke           S       6-0   Sr   ***  Altamonte Springs (Lake Brantley)
*  9 Madison Sullivan      L       5-7   Fr        Jacksonville (Fletcher)
* 10 Christina Ambrose     OH      6-3   So-R *    Winter Park (Winter Park/Purdue)
* 15 Stasa Miljevic        MB      6-3   Fr        Belgrade, Serbia (XIII Belgrade Gymnasium)
* 21 Melanie Keil          MB      6-1   Sr   *    Berlin, Germany (Coubertin Gymnasium/Nebraska)
* 35 Mara Green            MB      6-1   Sr-R ***  McDonough, GA (Eagle's Landing Christian Ady)

2016 Schedule and Results

DATE
REF
LOC
OPPONENT
SCORE
08/27
Ref
A
CENTRAL FLORIDA W 3-0
09/01
Ref
N
TEXAS A&M
Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR
W 3-2
09/02
Ref
N
ALABAMA
Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR
W 3-2
09/03
Ref
N
MINNESOTA
Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR
L 1-3
09/08
Ref
H
BAYLOR
Seminole Tournament
W 3-2
09/09
Ref
H
FLORIDA A&M
Seminole Tournament
W 3-0
09/09
Ref
H
ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK
Seminole Tournament
W 3-0
09/14
Ref
H
FLORIDA L 1-3
09/18
Ref
A
LOUISIANA STATE W 3-0
09/23
Ref
H
MIAMI W 3-0
09/25
Ref
H
LOUISVILLE W 3-1
09/30
Ref
H
SYRACUSE W 3-0
10/02
Ref
H
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-0
10/07
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA L 0-3
10/09
Ref
A
NORTH CAROLINA STATE W 3-1
10/14
Ref
H
VIRGINIA TECH W 3-2
10/16
Ref
H
PITTSBURGH W 3-1
10/19
Ref
A
MIAMI W 3-0
10/21
Ref
A
VIRGINIA W 3-0
10/28
Ref
A
LOUISVILLE W 3-1
10/30
Ref
A
NOTRE DAME W 3-1
11/04
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA STATE L 2-3
11/06
Ref
H
NORTH CAROLINA L 2-3
11/11
Ref
A
BOSTON COLLEGE W 3-1
11/13
Ref
A
SYRACUSE W 3-1
11/18
Ref
A
DUKE W 3-1
11/20
Ref
A
WAKE FOREST W 3-1
11/23
Ref
H
CLEMSON W 3-1
11/25
Ref
H
GEORGIA TECH W 3-2
12/02
Ref
N
CINCINNATI
NCAA, Gainesville, Fl
W 3-1
12/03
Ref
A
FLORIDA
NCAA
W 3-2
12/09
Ref
N
STANFORD
NCAA, Sweet 16, Madison, Wi
L 1-3
EOY Stats Ref

                Overall   Home    Away   Neutral
------------------------------------------------
FSU RECORD IS   26- 6    11- 3    12- 1     3- 2


2016 ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE RESULTS
 1  NORTH CAROLINA       19- 1    29- 4 
 2  FLORIDA STATE        17- 3    26- 6 
 3  DUKE                 15- 4    21- 8 
 4t GEORGIA TECH         15- 5    24- 8 
 4t PITTSBURGH           15- 5    25- 9 
 6  NOTRE DAME           13- 7    22-10 
 7  NORTH CAROLINA STATE 12- 7    19-12 
 8  MIAMI                 9-11    15-17 
 9  VIRGINIA TECH         8-12    13-18 
10  LOUISVILLE            7-13    12-18 
11  SYRACUSE              6-14     7-23 
12  WAKE FOREST           5-15     9-22 
13  VIRGINIA              4-16     7-25 
14  BOSTON COLLEGE        3-17     8-22 
15  CLEMSON               1-19     6-26 


2016 Season Statistics

|--------ATTACK----------| |-----SET-----| |--------SERVE--------| |---RECEPT---| |--DIG---| |------BLOCKING------| Name GP MP MS K K/G E TA Pct A A/G TA SA SA/G SE TA Pct RE TA Pct DIG D/G BS BA Tot B/G BE BHE Pts Pts/G ================================================================================================================================================================== Milica Kubura 126 32 26 376 2.98 104 833 0.327 6 0.05 28 3 0.02 5 35 0.857 0 0.000 56 0.44 6 78 84.0 0.67 4 1 424.0 3.37 Katie Horton 126 32 32 362 2.87 149 1052 0.202 29 0.23 133 22 0.17 35 539 0.935 32 0.000 416 3.30 5 65 70.0 0.56 2 1 421.5 3.35 Mara Green 125 32 32 238 1.90 69 471 0.359 6 0.05 32 3 0.02 4 67 0.940 0 0.000 21 0.17 19 112 131.0 1.05 17 2 316.0 2.53 Melanie Keil 125 32 32 170 1.36 56 446 0.256 22 0.18 83 20 0.16 12 372 0.968 0 0.000 66 0.53 27 167 194.0 1.55 7 1 300.5 2.40 Christina Ambrose 95 25 24 223 2.35 90 624 0.213 4 0.04 44 4 0.04 8 106 0.925 29 0.000 96 1.01 7 57 64.0 0.67 5 1 262.5 2.76 Natasha Calkins 103 30 1 147 1.43 68 438 0.180 5 0.05 18 0 0.00 0 1 1.000 2 0.000 35 0.34 1 56 57.0 0.55 7 0 176.0 1.71 Brianne Burkert 125 32 26 56 0.45 21 134 0.261 771 6.17 1960 21 0.17 24 486 0.951 0 0.000 254 2.03 0 10 10.0 0.08 1 19 82.0 0.66 Stasa Miljevic 45 15 1 32 0.71 11 96 0.219 3 0.07 8 3 0.07 3 9 0.667 0 0.000 9 0.20 0 20 20.0 0.44 2 0 45.0 1.00 Hailey Luke 113 29 11 17 0.15 5 45 0.267 579 5.12 1473 22 0.19 14 427 0.967 2 0.000 192 1.70 1 3 4.0 0.04 1 25 41.5 0.37 Bozena Culo 89 26 1 11 0.12 16 64 -0.078 10 0.11 53 13 0.15 18 240 0.925 10 0.000 116 1.30 0 0 0.0 0.00 1 2 24.0 0.27 Cecilie Woie 126 32 0 2 0.02 0 14 0.143 108 0.86 423 7 0.06 9 437 0.979 18 0.000 500 3.97 1 0 1.0 0.01 0 0 10.0 0.08 Madison Sullivan 54 17 6 1 0.02 0 4 0.250 3 0.06 31 6 0.11 3 128 0.977 6 0.000 93 1.72 0 0 0.0 0.00 0 0 7.0 0.13 Team 2 2 20 1 0.0 ============================================================================================================================================== FSU 126 32 32 1635 12.98 591 4223 0.247 1546 12.27 4286 124 0.98 135 2847 0.953 119 0 0.000 1854 14.71 67 568 351.0 2.79 48 52 2110.0 16.75 Opp 126 32 32 1635 12.98 779 4627 0.185 1517 12.04 4646 119 0.94 255 2596 0.902 123 0.000 1762 13.98 57 345 229.5 1.82 63 34 1983.5 15.74

FLORIDA STATE 3, CENTRAL FLORIDA 0
08/27/2016, ORLANDO, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Keil, Green Stonewall UCF in Sweep.

ORLANDO, FL - Senior middle blocker Melanie Keil finished with 10 assisted blocks and three solo blocks and Mara Green contributed 10 kills and four assisted blocks as 17th-ranked Florida State stonewalled UCF to complete a 25-23, 25-23, 25-13 sweep in its season opener on Saturday afternoon. The victory marks the 17th straight for the Seminoles in the head-to-head series and 13th by virtue of a sweep in that span.

Joining Keil and Green among front row defensive contributors was Katie Horton (six assisted blocks), Milica Kubura (three), Christina Ambrose (three) and Natasha Calkins (two). That unit combined for 19 team blocks and along the way established the Florida State three-set, rally scoring record for most blocks in a match since the NCAA moved to a 25-point format in 2008.

Green led the way for the Seminoles' offense by converting 10 kills on 13 total attacks, posting a .692 attack percentage. She was joined among the offensive leaders by Horton (eight kills) and Keil (seven) as Florida State finished with 37 team kills and a .234 attack percentage.

Setters Hailey Luke (17 assists) and Brianne Burkert (14) led the way for an FSU unit that tallied 35 assists, while Cecilie Woie (16 digs) and Horton (eight digs) anchored the back row.

"It wasn't perfect but we did a lot of good things," said head coach Chris Poole of his team's performance. "Blocking was outstanding and the middles both played great. Our offense needs to run smoother, but some of that may be nerves. The first match of the season is always tough for everyone because you have to get back that court team chemistry. I am very proud of Melanie (Keil) and Mara (Green) for stepping up big today."

Florida State took advantage of 13 total blocks, including three solo blocks from Kiel, to earn the 25-23 victory in the opening set. Green was also active on the front row for the Seminoles, contributing three of FSU's 10 assisted blocks, along with providing a set-high five kills.

An array of kills by Green, Keil, Kubura and Horton, knotted the match at 10-all in the opening set. The Seminoles took advantage of Luke's service game, which forced three errors by the Knights, along with strikes by Kubura and Ambrose to open up a 15-11 advantage and force the first UCF timeout.

UCF countered by scoring six of the next 11 points, trimming the Seminole lead to 20-17, but a series of kills by Green kept FSU in the lead 22-19. The Knights made one last charge at the lead, trimming the deficit to 23-22 following a kill by Jeanne Westney and an unforced error, but a kill by Luke coupled with the seventh UCF error of the frame that gave the Seminoles the two-point win.

The two teams evenly split the first 14 points of the second set, before Florida State streaked out to a 17-10 lead by virtue four unforced UCF errors and service aces from Horton and Burkert. The Knights regained their composure and scored six unanswered points, but it a combination of kills from Burkert and Keil along with four additional errors by UCF gave the Seminoles a two-set advantage.

Sensing the opportunity to close out its opponent in three sets, Florida State opened the third set on an 8-4 run highlighted by two kills each by Green and Keil. After a Horton kill put the Seminoles into double figures, 10-6, Luke forced UCF into five straight attack errors as Florida State assumed the 15-6 advantage.

Timely kills by Ambrose and Kubura, coupled with a pair of UCF errors resulted in a 21-10 lead for the Seminoles. Florida State fought off two kills by Taylor Wickey to complete the 12-point victory with a kill by Horton.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  8  4  32  0.125   0  1  0   0   8  0  6   0   0  12.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  5  3  19  0.105   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   6.5
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   1  1.000  17  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3  3  1  15  0.133   0  0  2   1   3  0  3   0   0   4.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  7  0  15  0.467   0  0  0   0   1  3 10   0   0  15.0
35 Mara Green                 3 10  1  13  0.692   0  0  0   0   0  2  4   2   0  14.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  1   0  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  2  2  14  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   1   0   3.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  1  0   2  0.500  14  1  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 37 11 111  0.234  35  3  4   1  41  5 28   3   0  59.0
   Opp                        3 40 31 124  0.073  37  1  3   3  55  1  6   2   0  45.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
CENTRAL FLORIDA
23
23
13

FLORIDA STATE 3, TEXAS A&M 2
09/01/2016, Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Two-Set Rally Helps No. 16 FSU Down No. 14 Texas A&M.

SAN JUAN, PR - The 16th-ranked Florida State volleyball team capitalized on 31 assisted blocks and rallied from a 0-2 deficit to earn an 18-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-8 victory over No. 14 Texas A&M in the opening match of the Puerto Rico Clasico on Thursday evening. The victory marked the 33rd win in Florida State history over an opponent ranked in the AVCA polls and the 25th in head coach Chris Poole's nine-year tenure with the Seminoles.

Melanie Keil emerged with 12 assisted blocks, highlighting a Seminole front row that established the school's five-set, rally scoring assisted block record. Joining Keil with solid defensive outings were Christina Ambrose (six assisted blocks), Katie Horton (four), Mara Green (three) and Natasha Calkins (three). Teammate Cecilie Woie anchored the back row with 14 digs and Hailey Luke contributed 14.

Ambrose and Milica Kubura led the Florida State offense with 13 kills, while Horton reached double figures with 11. Kubura finished off an errorless performance, attacking the Texas A&M defense 24 times, and posted a .542 attack percentage.

Trailing 2-0, Florida State began its rally in the third set trailing 11-10 following a kill by the Aggies' Emily Hardesty. It was there that Horton slammed a pass from Brianne Burkert past the Texas A&M defense, igniting a 10-3 run by the Seminoles.

Horton accounted for three kills in the 10-point stretch and teamed with Woie, who forced the Aggies into committing a pair of attack errors, to provide Florida State momentum and a six-point edge. A timeout by Texas A&M was not enough to derail the Seminoles, who used two kills by Ambrose and a set-decisive strike by Green to post the five-point win.

The two teams traded the first 20 points of the fourth set, reaching a 10-10 tie, before an unforced error by the Seminoles coupled with a kill by Hardesty provided Texas A&M with the two-point advantage. The lead ballooned to three, 14-11, forcing Florida State to burn its first timeout of the frame.

An attack error by the Aggies' Kaitlyn Blake opened the door for Woie in serve, who responded by scoring the next four straight points to draw the game even at 15-all. Three points later, trailing by one, Florida State used kills by Horton and Luke as they built a 20-17 lead. Kills down the stretch by Kubura and Ambrose, along with a service ace by Keil allowed the Seminoles to draw even with a four-point victory.

With the momentum of the match in Florida State's advantage, the upstart Seminoles used kills by Kubura and Ambrose, along with a service ace by Horton, to establish a 5-1 lead early in the fifth set. Texas A&M made a brief rally, pulling within three points, 8-5, but kills by Horton and Kubura along with three unforced Aggie errors resulted in a 13-8 Seminole lead.

Horton used her strong service game to complete the come-from-behind win, forcing A&M into a series of attack errors as the Seminoles completed the 15-8 win.

"We knew this would be a tough weekend," said Poole of the event. "Texas A&M played really well and put tremendous pressure on us the first two sets. They were taking us out of our rhythm and we couldn't get into a flow. I felt that we got much better as the match progressed. This is the type of match where a team has to show a lot of character and I'm very proud of the way we kept fighting and never gave up."

Texas A&M came out strong in the opening set, using seven kills by Kiara McGee to earn a seven-point win. McGee led the Aggie offense to a .419 attack percentage in the first frame.

The Aggies followed with a .300 attack percentage in the second set, again highlighted by McGee-who finished with six kills, as they battled through five ties in the first 10 points to assume the 17-14 lead.

Green countered with a pair of kills for the Seminoles drawing the contest even at 18-all. Blake took over in serve, following a kill by McGee, and forced Florida State into five consecutive errors as the Aggies took the second frame by six points.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 11  5  38  0.158   1  2  2   2   8  0  4   0   0  15.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 13  0  24  0.542   0  0  1   0   1  1  2   0   0  15.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  1  0   4  0.250  24  1  0   0  11  0  1   0   2   2.5
10 Christina Ambrose          5 13  5  32  0.250   0  0  1   0   5  1  6   0   0  17.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  4  2  13  0.154   1  1  0   0   2  0 12   2   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 5  7  3  16  0.250   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   2   0   8.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   1  0.000   7  1  0   0  14  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  4  7  17 -0.176   0  0  0   1   0  0  3   2   0   5.5
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   1   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  17  0  1   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                                                                    1    
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 53 22 146  0.212  50  5  5   3  48  2 31   7   3  75.5
   Opp                        5 66 32 157  0.217  59  3 10   5  58  1 14   5   0  77.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
18
19
25
25
15
TEXAS A&M
25
25
20
21
8

FLORIDA STATE 3, ALABAMA 2
09/02/2016, Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 16 Seminoles Battle Past Alabama in Five Sets.

SAN JUAN, PR - For the second time in as many days the 16th-ranked Florida State volleyball team posted a five-set victory at the Puerto Rico Clasico, this time downing Alabama by scores of 22-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-19 and 15-12. The Seminoles, who improved to 3-0, were led by the performances of Katie Horton, who drove home a career-high 20 kills, and Milica Kubura, who finished with 19 kills.

Horton, who committed only four errors in 44 attacks on the Crimson Tide defense, finished with a .364 attack percentage. Kubura was also clicking on all cylinders as she posted a .517 attack percentage, having only four miscues.

Christina Ambrose was also a solid contributor to the Florida State offense, finishing with 11 kills (.348 attack pct.). Hailey Luke quarterbacked the Seminoles' offense to a .352 attack percentage with her team-high 38 assists.

Defensively, Melanie Keil made her presence felt for Florida State with six assisted blocks (one solo), anchoring a front row that tallied 12 total blocks (18 assisted). Mara Green was also active defensively with three assisted blocks.

Down a set entering the fourth, the Seminoles capitalized on a series of strikes by Ambrose, Kubura and Green to establish a 9-5 advantage, forcing a Crimson Tide timeout. The four-point lead eventually grew to six after a kill by Horton and Cecilie Woie's service game forcing Alabama's Krystal Rivers to commit and attack error.

Alabama came out of its second timeout by scoring three of the next four points, trimming the Florida State lead to four, but three kills down the stretch by Kubura and one from Green sent the match to the decisive fifth set.

Luke and the rejuvenated Florida State lineup quickly opened the fifth set with an ace as they eventually assumed a 9-5 advantage due to three consecutive errors by Alabama. The Crimson Tide briefly rallied, behind a kill by Hayley McSparin and a service ace from Natalie Murison, narrowing the margin to 9-8.

But Florida State regained its composure and used a Horton kill along with two errors by the Crimson Tide to forge ahead 13-10. The Seminoles would surrender just two more points as they closed out the victory on an assisted block by Ambrose and Green.

"I am pleased with the victory and thought that Alabama played hard," said head coach Chris Poole. "We need to do a better job with our focus when these matches start. It is early in the season and I expect us to grow as the season progresses. Our offense is hot and cold right now and we want to be more disciplined on defense.

"Minnesota (Saturday's opponent for Florida State) was in the Final Four last year and we are expecting another big challenge with them," added Poole.

Alabama used two kills each by Rivers and strong service games to establish a 7-2 advantage in the early stages of the first set. Florida State rallied, behind kills from Ambrose, Green and Horton, to pull within four, 10-6, before the Crimson Tide scored four of the next five points.

Facing an eight point deficit, 20-12, Florida State regained its rhythm behind a series of kills by Horton as it pulled within five. The Noles defense forced a series of errors by Alabama, closing to within two on a pair of occasions, but the Tide completed the open set victory by virtue of a service error.

The Seminoles responded to the challenge in the second set, using a trio of kills by Ambrose along with contributions from Kubura and Green to establish an 8-6 advantage. After a series of Crimson Tide points knotted the frame at eight-all, Florida State converted kills by Horton and Kubura to eventually move back in front by four.

Alabama once again drew even, 16-16, this time behind a series of kills from Rivers and Brittany Thomas. The Seminoles once again battled through the adversity and behind three kills from Kubura, two off the hand of Horton and three unforced errors by the Tide to draw the match even at one each.

Alabama established itself early in the third set, breaking a four-all tie by recording a pair of service aces to move in front 8-4. That four point advantage was extended to seven, 14-7, with Natalie Murison in serve as the Tide rolled off three straight to force an FSU timeout.

Florida State quickly rebounded with a four-point run of its own, highlighted by kills from Horton and Luke, as it narrowed the gap to three. The Seminoles would eventually trim that margin to two, 20-18, after a pair of unforced errors by Rivers and Shannon Mikesky. However, Alabama allowed just two points over the final seven to assume the 2-1 lead.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 20  4  44  0.364   0  0  1   2  11  1  2   0   0  22.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 19  4  29  0.517   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0  20.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  3  1   8  0.250  38  1  0   0  10  0  2   0   1   5.0
10 Christina Ambrose          5 11  3  23  0.348   1  0  0   2   5  0  2   2   0  12.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  8  0  16  0.500   0  0  0   0   1  1  6   0   0  12.0
35 Mara Green                 5  5  3  13  0.154   0  0  0   0   1  1  3   1   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  0   3  15  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            2  1  2   5 -0.200   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   1.5
 5 Bozena Culo                5  1  1   4  0.000   2  0  2   0   5  0  0   1   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   0  0.000  23  0  3   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 68 18 142  0.352  66  1  6   7  55  3 18   4   1  81.0
   Opp                        5 69 25 162  0.272  64  7 12   1  48  2 14   6   0  85.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
22
25
20
25
15
ALABAMA
25
21
25
19
12

MINNESOTA 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/03/2016, Puerto Rico Tournament, San Juan, PR

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Gritty No. 16 Seminoles Battle Hard with No. 6 Minnesota.

SAN JUAN, PR - The Seminoles received 15 kills from Milica Kubura and 10 from Christina Ambrose, but it was the trio of Hannah Tapp (18 kills), Sarah Wilhite (18) and Alexis Hart (15) that made the difference as sixth-ranked Minnesota posted a 25-14, 26-24, 21-25 and 25-12 victory over No. 16 Florida State in the final day of action at the Puerto Rico Clasico on Saturday evening.

The combination of Kubura and Ambrose were joined up front by Katie Horton (nine kills), Melanie Keil (eight) and Mara Green (seven) as Florida State finished with 50 kills. Green, who finished with a .417 attack percentage, and Kubura (.367 attack pct.) proved to be the most efficient offensive hitters for the Seminoles.

While Brianne Burkert led the way with 27 assists, the duo of Cecilie Woie and Horton highlighted the back row with 16 and 11 digs, respectively. The Noles dropped to 3-1 with the setback.

Minnesota's offensive attack, which accounted for 66 kills and a .320 attack percentage, was quarterbacked by setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson's 54 assists. Defensively the Gophers, who improved to 3-1, were led by Dalianliz Rosado (16 digs) and Tapp, who contributed six assisted blocks.

A back-and-forth battle in the opening set reached a 10-all deadlock, following a kill by the Gophers' Wilhite that placed Tapp in serve. Tapp helped Minnesota score the next 11 unanswered points, including six by unforced errors, before a miscue by Wilhite ended the run. Florida State closed out the set with kills from Kubura, Ambrose and Keil, but it was the Golden Gophers that took the victory.

The Seminoles carried over that momentum into the second set, establishing an 8-5 advantage following a kill by Green with Ambrose in serve. The lead remained three until a series of strikes by Wilhite and Tapp eventually knotted the game at 11-11. Minnesota again strung together a series of points, this time with Wilhite in serve, as it forged ahead 15-11.

Florida State responded to the challenge, forcing three attack errors to go along with a kill by Keil as the game reached a 16-all deadlock. Minnesota pushed back in front, leading by as many as three over the next 16 points, before the set reached a 24-24 tie. A series of kills by Wilhite and Hart proved to be the difference in the two-point win.

Facing a 0-2 deficit in the match and a four-point deficit on six occasions inside the first 26 points of the third set, Florida State used kills by Burkert and Kubura to bring the set to a 16-16 deadlock.

Kubura came through with four kills over the next eight points, giving the Seminoles a 22-18 advantage late in the set. That margin would remain intact down the stretch, due in large part to two kills by Ambrose and one from Kubura as FSU posted the four-point win.

The Florida State combination of Horton, Green and Kubura brought the fourth set to a six-all tie early in the frame. Consecutive kills by Wilhite, Tapp and Hart sparked a Minnesota offense that eventually assumed an 18-9 advantage. Kills by Green and Horton were not enough to counter a solid finish by the Golden Gophers who completed the win in the fourth.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  9  5  33  0.121   1  3  1   2  11  0  1   0   0  12.5
 7 Milica Kubura              4 15  4  30  0.367   1  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0  15.0
 8 Hailey Luke                2  0  0   0  0.000   9  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
10 Christina Ambrose          4 10  5  33  0.152   0  1  0   1   4  0  1   0   0  11.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  8  3  21  0.238   2  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   8.5
35 Mara Green                 4  7  2  12  0.417   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   8.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   2  0.000   5  0  0   0  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            2  0  1   3 -0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
 5 Bozena Culo                4  0  0   2  0.000   1  0  1   1   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  1  1   5  0.000  27  0  0   0   7  0  1   0   0   1.5
 9 Madison Sullivan           3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 50 21 141  0.206  46  4  3   4  42  0  8   0   0  58.0
   Opp                        4 66 19 147  0.320  62  4  2   4  55  1 18   0   0  80.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
14
24
25
12
MINNESOTA
25
26
21
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BAYLOR 2
09/08/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Seminole Tournament

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Burkert Powers No. 13 Florida State Past Baylor.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State setter and Texas native Brianne Burkert enjoyed one of the best matches of her collegiate career, which included 35 assists, 11 digs and seven kills, as she led 13th-ranked Florida State to a five-set victory over Baylor by scores of 18-25, 25-15, 25-13, 19-25, 15-13 in the opening match of the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament on Thursday evening.

Burkert tied her career-high in assists as five of her Florida State teammates finished with at least eight kills, including Melanie Keil who posted a team-high 10. The others were Katie Horton, Mara Green and Milica Kubura, who contributed nine apiece, along Christina Ambrose who tallied eight kills.

The Seminoles, who improved to 4-1 on the season, were also active on defense with 26 assisted blocks. Leading the way up front were Keil (nine assisted blocks), Kubura (six) and the tandem of Ambrose and Green who contributed four each. Freshman Madison Sullivan was the sparkplug on the back row with a team-high 12 digs, while the combination of Horton, Burkert and Cecilie Woie added 11.

After a six-point Baylor (4-4) win in the fourth set knotted the match at two sets apiece, the two teams battled through eight ties to reach a 10-10 deadlock in the fifth frame. Burkert delivered a clutch service ace and Horton followed with a kill to give Florida State a two-point edge. The Bears answered with a kill from Ashley Fritcher and took advantage of a Seminole unforced error, bringing the set to a climatic 12-all tie.

The momentum swung back in favor of Florida State with a pair of unforced errors by Baylor after a series of unforced errors. One late kill by Katie Staiger was not enough to deter the Seminoles who closed out their third five-set win of the season with an attack error by the Bears' Aniah Philo.

"I am disappointed in the way that we started out the first set because we need to learn to come out to play much more aggressive," said head coach Chris Poole. "But to Baylor's credit they did a great job in taking us out of our offense with the pressure that they were putting on our defense. We need to be better and more consistent tomorrow in order to be successful."

Facing a 2-1 deficit heading into the fourth set, Baylor regrouped in the opening stages of the frame and jumped out to an 8-3 lead behind three kills by Katie Staiger and service aces from the combination of Tara Wulf and Alex Banister.

Two kills each by Green and Horton kept Florida State within striking distance as the Seminoles trailed 16-12 before spending their first timeout. Green and Burkert penetrated the Bear defense with a back-to-back kills and following a Kubura service ace the Seminoles were within one point, 16-15, as they forced a timeout. Baylor regained its composure during the breather and ended the set on a 9-4 run highlighted by two kills by Camryn Freiberg.

Highlighted by four kills from Ambrose, Florida State assumed a 16-3 advantage in the early stages of the third set. Joining Ambrose among front row contributors during the offensive explosion for the Seminoles were Keil and Kubura, who had two kills and one service ace apiece.

Baylor cut into the Seminoles' double-digit lead with three kills by Staiger and two service points from Philo, as the two teams were separated by a 19-13 margin. At that point FSU's senior duo of Keil, who contributed her third kill of the frame, and Horton, who was responsible for four service points down the stretch, closed the door on the Bears.

Florida State capitalized on eight unforced errors by the Bears and used kills by Keil, Ambrose and Green to open up a 12-5 lead in the early stages of the second set.

Leading by seven following the second Baylor timeout, the Seminoles quickly added to their lead with back-to-back kills by Burkert and Keil. Those strikes, along with three powerful kills from Kubura, extended the Florida State lead to 20-10, as the Noles knotted the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission.

Staiger drove home three kills and Philo contributed a kill and a service ace to offset four unforced Baylor errors and pair of strikes by Keil as the Bears established a 14-8 lead early in the first set, resulting in the second of Florida State's timeout.

The Bears defense kept Florida State off-balance and in the process Baylor stretched its lead to 20-12 following an unforced Seminole error and a service ace by Staiger. The Noles made one final push, using a kill by Brianne Burkert and a pair of service points by Bozena Culo to move within 20-16, but Baylor score five of the final seven points to complete the win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5  9  5  30  0.133   3  2  1   3  11  0  2   0   0  12.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  7  2  14  0.357  35  2  0   0  11  0  1   0   2   9.5
 7 Milica Kubura              5  9  4  23  0.217   1  2  2   0   2  0  6   0   0  14.0
10 Christina Ambrose          5  8  4  30  0.133   0  1  0   1   3  0  4   0   0  11.0
21 Melanie Keil               5 10  2  22  0.364   2  1  0   0   1  0  9   0   0  15.5
35 Mara Green                 5  9  3  17  0.353   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0  11.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  1   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Bozena Culo                5  1  1   3  0.000   2  0  0   1   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0  12  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 53 21 139  0.230  44  8  4   5  55  0 26   0   2  74.0
   Opp                        5 57 24 144  0.229  51  5 12   7  60  2 13   3   3  70.5


  1 2 3 4 5
BAYLOR
25
15
13
25
13
FLORIDA STATE
18
25
25
19
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, FLORIDA A&M 0
09/09/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Seminole Tournament

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sweep of Florida A&M, Little Rock Earns FSU Tournament Crown

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Senior outside hitter Katie Horton tallied 13 kills while teammate Brianne Burkert contributed 37 assists and 12 digs to help lead 13th-ranked Florida State to a 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Little Rock on Friday evening. The victory earned the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament title for the Seminoles (7-1) who downed Baylor, Florida A&M and the Trojans in succession.

Horton, who finished with a .375 attack percentage against Little Rock, brought home All-Tournament honors after recording 35 kills (.342 attack pct.), 29 digs (2.64 digs/set) and nine blocks (eight assisted) in the three matches. Joining her among offensive standouts against Little Rock were Christina Ambrose and Melanie Keil, who ended the evening with eight kills apiece.

The defensive stoppers for the Seminoles were Burkert, Cecilie Woie (10 digs) and Mara Green (three assisted blocks). Green, an All-Tournament selection, ended her weekend with 23 kills and 11 total blocks (10 assisted).

Keil, also instrumental in the FSU defense, came through with one solo and two assisted blocks against Little Rock. The senior snagged All-Tournament honors after recording 22 kills and 13 blocks (11 assisted) in the two-day event.

"We are still trying to find ourselves this year, but I feel that we made progress this weekend," said head coach Chris Poole. "I am really proud of the way that we fought through adversity in the tournament and managed to rally from behind when we were down. We have a big rivalry match on Wednesday night, with a Top 15 team in the country, so we want to see our players and fans respond to that challenge."

Facing the opportunity to complete its third three-set win of the season and second of the day, Florida State capitalized on three kills from Horton and three service aces by Stasa Miljevic as it established a 17-8 advantage in the third set. The Trojans would not go quietly as they responded with a 4-1 rally, pulling to within six.

With the lead trimmed to four, 19-14, Horton penetrated the Little Rock defense with four kills among the final six Seminole points to help Florida State complete the five-point win.

The Seminoles used the service game of Bozena Culo to overcome a series of early challenges in the second set by Little Rock as they grabbed a 9-5 lead with the freshman in serve. Teaming with Culo to stretch the Florida State lead was Keil, who drove a kill past the Trojan defense, as the Seminoles forged ahead 12-7.

The combination of Burkert in serve and kills by Kubura and Green allowed Florida State to stretch its lead to 22-13, forcing the second Little Rock timeout. The Trojans pieced together a 5-1 run, highlighted by kills from Miona Milovanovic and Carolee Dillard, closing the deficit to 23-18. Strikes from the front row of Keil and Natasha Calkins gave the Seminoles a 2-0 advantage with the six-point victory.

Keil got the Florida State offense rolling in the opening frame, driving home two kills inside the first 10 points as the Seminoles assumed a 7-3 lead. Looking to regroup Little Rock quickly called a timeout, but two kills each from the combination of Ambrose and Green helped FSU to record 12 of the next 20 points and assume a 19-11 advantage.

A second breather by the Trojans couldn't derail Florida State's offense, which received kills from Burkert, Horton and Kubura down the stretch, as the Seminoles posted a 10-point victory.

Florida A&M-Florida State Recap

Katie Horton registered a match-high 13 kills and finished with a .632 attack percentage as 13th-ranked Florida State completed a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of crosstown rival Florida A&M in the afternoon session of the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament.

Horton anchored a Seminole offense that recorded 46 kills and a .389 attack percentage as Florida State improved its record to 25-1 in the all-time series. She was joined on the front row by Christina Ambrose (nine kills, .320 attack pct.), Mara Green (eight kills, .583 attack pct.) and Milica Kubura (eight kills).

Sophomore Brianne Burkert was again instrumental in Florida State's offensive success, handing out a career-high 38 assists to go along with seven digs. Joining her with solid defensive outings were Horton (nine digs), Ambrose (seven digs) and Green (one solo block, three assisted blocks).

FSU took a commanding 14-8 lead early in the first set behind three kills each from Horton and Kubura. The Seminoles extended their lead to eight, 21-13, after a series of strikes by Ambrose and Keil that forced Florida A&M to burn its first timeout.

Bozena Culo and Melanie Keil responded with kills following the timeout, moving Florida State within two points of the win, before the Rattlers put together a brief 4-0 rally that made for a 23-18 contest. The Seminoles' offense got back on track wrapped up the five-point win following a series of unforced errors by Florida A&M.

The Seminoles again established themselves early, assuming a 6-1 advantage in the second set behind the trio of Horton, Kubura and Green, but Florida A&M countered with an 8-3 rally that brought the score to a deadlock.

A back-and-forth battle for the lead ensued with Florida State enduring six ties and a two-point Florida A&M advantage, before pulling even at 19-all. Ambrose responded with a kill that put the Seminoles in front. After a pair of unforced errors by the Rattlers, and a Kubura kill, FSU stood within two points of the win. The Noles completed the three-point victory on a series of strikes by Horton and Ambrose.

Three kills from Horton and five unforced Florida A&M errors allowed the Seminoles to assume an 11-7 lead in the opening stages of the third set. Florida State eventually stretched the lead to seven, 16-9, after the Rattlers committed three straight unforced errors.

Despite two additional strikes by Horton, Florida A&M closed the gap to 18-16 on a kill by Alexis Gosha that capped off a 7-2 rally. Four kills in the final seven Florida State points, including two from Ambrose, completed the eighth straight Seminole sweep in the series with the Rattlers.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3 13  1  19  0.632   1  0  0   1   9  1  5   1   0  16.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  2  0   4  0.500  38  0  1   0   7  0  0   0   1   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  3  20  0.250   0  1  2   0   3  0  1   0   0   9.5
10 Christina Ambrose          3  9  3  20  0.300   0  0  2   4   5  0  0   0   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               2  4  0   5  0.800   0  0  0   0   1  1  0   0   0   5.0
35 Mara Green                 3  8  1  12  0.583   0  0  0   0   1  1  3   0   0  10.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  1  2   5 -0.200   1  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   1.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             3  1  1   5  0.000   0  0  1   0   0  0  3   0   0   2.5
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 46 11  90  0.389  43  1  6   9  33  3 12   1   1  56.0
   Opp                        3 33 17  87  0.184  31  9  6   1  28  2  2   1   3  45.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA A&M
20
22
21
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK 0
09/09/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL, Seminole Tournament

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sweep of Florida A&M, Little Rock Earns FSU Tournament Crown

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Senior outside hitter Katie Horton tallied 13 kills while teammate Brianne Burkert contributed 37 assists and 12 digs to help lead 13th-ranked Florida State to a 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 victory over Little Rock on Friday evening. The victory earned the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament title for the Seminoles (7-1) who downed Baylor, Florida A&M and the Trojans in succession.

Horton, who finished with a .375 attack percentage against Little Rock, brought home All-Tournament honors after recording 35 kills (.342 attack pct.), 29 digs (2.64 digs/set) and nine blocks (eight assisted) in the three matches. Joining her among offensive standouts against Little Rock were Christina Ambrose and Melanie Keil, who ended the evening with eight kills apiece.

The defensive stoppers for the Seminoles were Burkert, Cecilie Woie (10 digs) and Mara Green (three assisted blocks). Green, an All-Tournament selection, ended her weekend with 23 kills and 11 total blocks (10 assisted).

Keil, also instrumental in the FSU defense, came through with one solo and two assisted blocks against Little Rock. The senior snagged All-Tournament honors after recording 22 kills and 13 blocks (11 assisted) in the two-day event.

"We are still trying to find ourselves this year, but I feel that we made progress this weekend," said head coach Chris Poole. "I am really proud of the way that we fought through adversity in the tournament and managed to rally from behind when we were down. We have a big rivalry match on Wednesday night, with a Top 15 team in the country, so we want to see our players and fans respond to that challenge."

Facing the opportunity to complete its third three-set win of the season and second of the day, Florida State capitalized on three kills from Horton and three service aces by Stasa Miljevic as it established a 17-8 advantage in the third set. The Trojans would not go quietly as they responded with a 4-1 rally, pulling to within six.

With the lead trimmed to four, 19-14, Horton penetrated the Little Rock defense with four kills among the final six Seminole points to help Florida State complete the five-point win.

The Seminoles used the service game of Bozena Culo to overcome a series of early challenges in the second set by Little Rock as they grabbed a 9-5 lead with the freshman in serve. Teaming with Culo to stretch the Florida State lead was Keil, who drove a kill past the Trojan defense, as the Seminoles forged ahead 12-7.

The combination of Burkert in serve and kills by Kubura and Green allowed Florida State to stretch its lead to 22-13, forcing the second Little Rock timeout. The Trojans pieced together a 5-1 run, highlighted by kills from Miona Milovanovic and Carolee Dillard, closing the deficit to 23-18. Strikes from the front row of Keil and Natasha Calkins gave the Seminoles a 2-0 advantage with the six-point victory.

Keil got the Florida State offense rolling in the opening frame, driving home two kills inside the first 10 points as the Seminoles assumed a 7-3 lead. Looking to regroup Little Rock quickly called a timeout, but two kills each from the combination of Ambrose and Green helped FSU to record 12 of the next 20 points and assume a 19-11 advantage.

A second breather by the Trojans couldn't derail Florida State's offense, which received kills from Burkert, Horton and Kubura down the stretch, as the Seminoles posted a 10-point victory.

Florida A&M-Florida State Recap

Katie Horton registered a match-high 13 kills and finished with a .632 attack percentage as 13th-ranked Florida State completed a 25-20, 25-22, 25-21 sweep of crosstown rival Florida A&M in the afternoon session of the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament.

Horton anchored a Seminole offense that recorded 46 kills and a .389 attack percentage as Florida State improved its record to 25-1 in the all-time series. She was joined on the front row by Christina Ambrose (nine kills, .320 attack pct.), Mara Green (eight kills, .583 attack pct.) and Milica Kubura (eight kills).

Sophomore Brianne Burkert was again instrumental in Florida State's offensive success, handing out a career-high 38 assists to go along with seven digs. Joining her with solid defensive outings were Horton (nine digs), Ambrose (seven digs) and Green (one solo block, three assisted blocks).

FSU took a commanding 14-8 lead early in the first set behind three kills each from Horton and Kubura. The Seminoles extended their lead to eight, 21-13, after a series of strikes by Ambrose and Keil that forced Florida A&M to burn its first timeout.

Bozena Culo and Melanie Keil responded with kills following the timeout, moving Florida State within two points of the win, before the Rattlers put together a brief 4-0 rally that made for a 23-18 contest. The Seminoles' offense got back on track wrapped up the five-point win following a series of unforced errors by Florida A&M.

The Seminoles again established themselves early, assuming a 6-1 advantage in the second set behind the trio of Horton, Kubura and Green, but Florida A&M countered with an 8-3 rally that brought the score to a deadlock.

A back-and-forth battle for the lead ensued with Florida State enduring six ties and a two-point Florida A&M advantage, before pulling even at 19-all. Ambrose responded with a kill that put the Seminoles in front. After a pair of unforced errors by the Rattlers, and a Kubura kill, FSU stood within two points of the win. The Noles completed the three-point victory on a series of strikes by Horton and Ambrose.

Three kills from Horton and five unforced Florida A&M errors allowed the Seminoles to assume an 11-7 lead in the opening stages of the third set. Florida State eventually stretched the lead to seven, 16-9, after the Rattlers committed three straight unforced errors.

Despite two additional strikes by Horton, Florida A&M closed the gap to 18-16 on a kill by Alexis Gosha that capped off a 7-2 rally. Four kills in the final seven Florida State points, including two from Ambrose, completed the eighth straight Seminole sweep in the series with the Rattlers.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3 13  4  24  0.375   1  0  0   0   9  0  1   0   0  13.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  3  2   8  0.125  37  0  1   0  12  0  1   0   0   3.5
 7 Milica Kubura              3  5  6  17 -0.059   1  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   5.5
10 Christina Ambrose          3  8  6  24  0.083   0  0  0   0   6  1  2   0   0  10.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  8  2  16  0.375   0  0  0   0   2  1  2   0   0  10.0
35 Mara Green                 2  6  0   7  0.857   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   1   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   1  10  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            2  3  0   5  0.600   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   0   0   3.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  2  2   5  0.000   1  1  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   3.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           3  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             3  0  1   1 -1.000   1  3  2   0   1  0  0   0   0   3.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 48 23 107  0.234  45  4  3   1  54  2 10   0   1  59.0
   Opp                        3 23 17 103  0.058  23  1  5   4  34  2 18   4   1  35.0


  1 2 3
ARKANSAS-LITTLE ROCK
15
19
20
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
09/14/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Kubura, Calkins Shine in Clash with Gators.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Milica Kubura tallied 19 kills and Natasha Calkins contributed 13 kills for 13th-ranked Florida State, who suffered a four-set loss to seventh-ranked Florida by scores of 27-25, 19-25, 25-22, 25-19 as the two squared off in a Sunshine Showdown, presented by Fresh From Florida in Tully Gymnasium on Wednesday evening.

Kubura attacked the Florida (7-1) defense on 34 occasions, converting 19 strikes and committing five miscues as she finished with a .418 attack percentage. Her counterpart Calkins, who established her new career-high in kills (13), was flawless in 19 attacks as she posted a .684 attack percentage.

Florida State's (6-2) offense regained its rhythm behind the setting combination of Brianne Burkert (28 assists) and Hailey Luke (22), who made her return to the court after missing three games with a concussion. The duo combined to lead the Seminoles to 56 assists, second-most this season, and a .207 attack percentage.

Defensively the Noles were led by the combination of Katie Horton (17 digs), Cecilie Woie (11) and Burkert, who capped off her sixth career double-double with 11 digs. Florida State's front line of Melanie Keil and Mara Green led the Seminoles to 13 assisted blocks with three apiece.

Florida, with a 2-1 advantage in the set, established itself early on in the fourth set as it jumped out to a 9-5 lead following a series of kills by Carli Snyder, Alex Holston and Rachael Kramer. The four point advantage was doubled to eight, 17-9, during an 8-4 run that included two Snyder kills and three unforced errors by the Noles.

Three kills by Calkins and one from Kubura kept Florida State within striking distance as the Gators established 23-15 lead deep in the set. The Seminoles made one final run, with Burkert in serve, capitalizing on two attack errors and a service ace, before Florida completed the six-point win.

Three kills from Kubura and two by Keil, early in the third set, were instrumental in Florida State battling to a 13-all tie with the Gators. Florida regained the lead by two on the back of Kramer who came through with a block and a kill, forcing a Seminole timeout.

A series of offensive strikes the duo of Keil and Kubura kept Florida State within striking distance as the Gators spent their first timeout leading 20-18 deep in the third frame. However, Florida managed to hold off a late charge by the Noles, which included kills from the barrage of Kubura, Green, Horton and Calkins, to assume the 2-1 advantage.

Florida State quickly rebounded from the first set setback by running out to a 5-0 lead in the second set behind kills from Keil and Horton with Burkert in serve. Florida answered with an 8-1 run, which included four straight unforced errors by Seminoles, forcing the first FSU timeout of the frame.

Trailing by four on three occasions over the next 14 points of the set, Florida State chipped away at the lead behind kills from Horton, Kubura and Calkins to pull even at 14-all. It was there, with Horton in serve, that the Noles converted two kills by Kubura and added a strike by Keil to assume a 17-14 lead.

Two kills each by Calkins and Christina Ambrose, along with four unforced errors by Florida, helped Florida State secure the six-point win.

Trailing 11-8 in the early stages of the first set the Seminoles used a pair of kills by Horton to ignite a 6-3 run that drew the game even at 14-all on a Green kill. A Gator timeout was not enough to derail the Florida State offense and server Keil, who forced Florida into committing two errors along with capitalizing on kills by Green and Kubura en route to establishing an 18-14 advantage.

The Seminoles maintained their lead until a kill by Florida's Shainah Joseph coupled with an attack error on offense knotted the game at 23. The two teams would battle to a 25-25 tie before a kill by Rhamat Alhassan and a Florida State unforced error provided the Gators a two-point victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  8 11  38 -0.079   0  0  2   2  17  0  2   0   0   9.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  1   1 -1.000  28  1  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 19  5  34  0.412   0  0  0   0   1  1  1   0   0  20.5
10 Christina Ambrose          4  4  7  23 -0.130   2  0  1   1   3  0  2   0   0   5.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  8  3  15  0.333   1  0  3   0   4  0  3   0   0   9.5
35 Mara Green                 4  6  0  11  0.545   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   0  11  1  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4 13  0  19  0.684   0  0  0   0   4  0  2   0   0  14.0
 5 Bozena Culo                4  2  2   9  0.000   0  0  2   0  10  0  0   0   0   2.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  22  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   3   0.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 60 29 150  0.207  56  1  8   4  68  2 13   0   3  69.5
   Opp                        4 51 19 144  0.222  47  4  9   1  52  4 24   4   2  71.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA
27
19
25
25
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
22
19

FLORIDA STATE 3, LOUISIANA STATE 0
09/18/2016, BATON ROUGE, LA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Keil, Kubura Power No. 13 Seminoles Past LSU.

BATON ROUGE, LA - Melanie Keil posted a match-high eight blocks and recorded six kills while teammate Milica Kubura contributed a team-high eight kills and added four digs to lead 13th-ranked Florida State to its fourth sweep of the season by scores of 26-24, 25-20 and 25-18 at LSU on Sunday afternoon.

Keil, who finished with at least five blocks for the fifth time this season, highlighted a Florida State (7-2) front row that finished with 21 blocks. Joining her with multiple blocks was Natasha Calkins (six), Katie Horton (two) and Mara Green (two). Junior Cecilie Woie, who finished with 12 digs, anchored the Seminoles' back row.

Kubura, the primary source of offense for Florida State, posted a .438 attack percentage after committing only one miscue in 16 attacks. She was joined up front by Horton (six kills), Keil and Green (five).

LSU (5-6) scored six of the first eight points of the third set, before three kills and an assisted block by Keil sparked an 8-4 run by the Seminoles that brought the game to a 10-all tie. It was at that point, with Brianne Burkert in serve, that Florida State had a 7-0 run that included a service ace, four unforced errors as they assumed a 17-10 lead.

Kubura and Keil continued to pose problems for LSU as Kubura drove home two kills and Keil added a kill and a block to provide FSU with a 23-15 edge. The Tigers trimmed the deficit to six before a series of kills by Horton gave the Seminoles their third win over an SEC program this season.

"After one set we could judge where they were going to set," said Keil. "Blocking is one segment of the game where you read what the setter is going to do because that is the main job of the middle blocker - figuring out the setter and communicating to the other blockers. By the end of the game that's what happened. Additionally we were more disciplined tonight, so that was another advantage."

The Seminoles used a Hailey Luke service ace and four unforced errors to battle back from an early 7-2 lead by LSU in the second set as they forced an eight-all tie. The two teams traded points, forcing six ties, before kills by Keil and Luke gave Florida State an 18-15 edge.

A timeout by LSU briefly pulled the Tigers within two, but a pair of unforced errors along with a service ace by Christina Ambrose and a kill from Keil provided the Noles a 22-18 advantage. Florida State completed the five-point win with a kill from Horton, who penetrated the defense with her second strike of the frame.

Three kills off the hand of Kubura in the first 24 points of the opening set kept Florida State in stride with the host Tigers as the two teams reached a 12-all deadlock. The Seminoles capitalized on two service aces by Luke, establishing a 16-13 advantage, but LSU quickly retaliated with a kills by Toni Rodriguez and Anna Zwiebel to pull even at 16.

The combination of Kubura, Horton and Green on offense kept the Seminoles' offense in stride as the opening frame reached a climatic 24-24 tie. Luke used her senior expertise to find holes in the LSU offense, forcing a pair of attack errors by Rodriguez to complete the two-point victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  6  2  26  0.154   0  1  1   0   7  0  2   0   0   8.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  1  3   6 -0.333   1  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   1.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  16  1  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  1  16  0.438   0  0  0   0   4  0  1   0   0   8.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  6  2  15  0.267   0  1  0   0   1  0  8   0   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 3  5  0  15  0.333   0  0  0   0   2  1  2   0   0   7.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   2  0  1   1  12  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  4  1  13  0.231   0  0  0   0   1  0  6   0   0   7.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   1  1.000   9  3  0   0   6  0  0   0   1   4.0
10 Christina Ambrose          2  0  0   5  0.000   0  1  0   2   1  0  1   0   1   1.5
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 31  9  97  0.227  28  7  3   4  39  1 20   0   2  49.0
   Opp                        3 43 26 118  0.144  40  4  8   7  56  2  0   1   1  49.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
26
25
25
LOUISIANA STATE
24
20
18

FLORIDA STATE 3, MIAMI 0
09/23/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton, Kubura Highlight Sweep of Miami.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Katie Horton posted her 14th career double-double (13 kills, 11 digs) and Milica Kubura added 11 kills and three assisted blocks as 15th-ranked Florida State improved to 8-2 overall in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener with a 25-12, 25-15, 25-19 sweep of league archrival Miami on Friday evening at Tully Gym.

Horton, who reached double figure kills for the fifth time this season, finished off an errorless performance after attacking the Hurricane (5-6, 0-1 ACC) defense on 22 occasions as she posted a .591 attack percentage. Kubura, also notching her fifth double-digit kill outing of the season, made 16 total attacks and committed one miscue as she posted a .625 attack percentage.

Senior Hailey Luke, who recorded a team-high 19 assists, anchored a rhythmic Florida State offense that tallied 44 kills, limited itself to seven errors en route to a .457 attack percentage. It marked the Seminoles' sixth-best attack percentage in a three-set match against an ACC opponent since the rally scoring era began in 2001.

Defensively the trio of Melanie Keil, Christina Ambrose and Kubura led the way for a front row unit that tallied 15 blocks (12 assisted), limiting Miami to a .095 attack percentage. Keil led the way with six blocks, while Kubura added four and Ambrose contributed three. Along with nine blocks from Woie, Florida State won its ninth consecutive ACC home opener under head coach Chris Poole.

Trailing 2-0 in the match, Miami regained its focus during the intermission and opened the third set on a 6-1 run behind Olga Strantzali's service game. Timely kills by Luke, Bozena Culo and Mara Green helped the Seminoles trim the lead to 13-10 by scoring nine of the next 16 points.

Kubura and Natasha Calkins completed the comeback for Florida State which eventually moved in front 19-17, forcing a Hurricane timeout. Horton and Kubura recorded two kills each while Miami committed two errors as Florida State posted the six-point victory.

Kills from Ambrose and Mara Green along with three Miami errors opened the door for an 8-3 Seminole lead early in the second set. The Hurricanes were again forced to burn an early timeout, surrendering seven of the next 13 points, which included three kills by Kubura and two from Horton, as they fell into a 15-9 hole.

A strike by Sakile Simmons pulled Miami within four, but two kills each from Horton and Calkins provided Florida State with a 21-13 edge late in the second. Ambrose drove home the final two kills of the set as the Noles took a 2-0 lead into the intermission with a 10-point win.

"We played really well with the exception of part of set two and little bit at the first of set three," said Poole. "We've had some injuries that we've had to deal with this season and this week so it was good to see us put it all together and play really well."

The Seminoles capitalized on five Miami errors and two kills by Ambrose top open up a 10-5 lead in the early stages of the first set. Florida State's offense remained in stride, despite a Hurricane timeout, as the service game of Culo along with three kills off the hand of Green and two from Horton extended the Seminoles' advantage to 16-5.

A series of kills by Anna Haak brought Miami with nine points, but it was two kills by Horton coupled with a series of errors by Strantzali that provided Florida State with a 21-9 cushion. The Seminoles, who posted a .609 attack percentage in the frame, used kills down the stretch by Ambrose and Kubura to complete the 13-point victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3 13  0  22  0.591   2  0  1   0  11  0  0   0   0  13.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  16  0  1   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3 11  1  16  0.625   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   1   0  13.5
10 Christina Ambrose          3  7  2  13  0.385   0  0  0   2   1  1  2   0   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  0  1   3 -0.333   0  0  0   0   0  1  5   0   0   3.5
35 Mara Green                 3  6  0  11  0.545   0  1  2   0   0  0  1   0   0   7.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   4  0  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  5  3  10  0.200   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   5.5
 5 Bozena Culo                3  1  0   4  0.250   0  2  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   3.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   2  0.500  19  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   1.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 44  7  81  0.457  41  3  4   4  37  3 12   1   0  56.0
   Opp                        3 31 21 105  0.095  28  4  6   3  26  1  4   1   0  38.0


  1 2 3
MIAMI
12
15
19
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, LOUISVILLE 1
09/25/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton Leads Noles to 3-1 Win Over Louisville.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Katie Horton notched her second double-double of the weekend (17 digs, 10 kills) while Milica Kubura and Christina Ambrose added 15 and 10 kills, respectively, to lead 15th-ranked Florida State to a 26-24, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22 win over Louisville in Tully Gym on Sunday afternoon. The Seminoles completed their first weekend of Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) action by posting victories of Miami and Louisville as they moved to 9-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Horton anchored Florida State's defensive efforts with 17 digs and also contributed four blocks (two solo), as the Seminoles held Louisville's offense to a .159 attack percentage. The versatile senior was joined on the front row by Melanie Keil (five blocks) and Mara Green (three blocks) as FSU tallied 15 total blocks. Joining Horton among statistical leaders in the back row were Brianne Burkert (13 digs) and Cecilie Woie (10).

Kubura was the offensive catalyst for the Seminoles as she enjoyed her sixth double-digit kill performance of the season. In 34 attacks on the Cardinals' (5-7, 0-2 ACC) defense, Kubura committed three errors to post a .353 attack percentage, marking the seventh time this season and fourth straight match that the hard-hitting junior eclipsed the .300 attack percentage mark.

Ambrose, also highly effective on offense for the Seminoles with a .348 attack percentage, penetrated the Louisville defense on 23 occasions and limited herself to a pair of miscues as she topped double-digit kills for the fourth time in 2016. Burkert, who finished off her eighth double-double, was the leader for the Seminoles in assists (24), while Hailey Luke added 19 to go along with seven digs.

"We had two different teams on the court today," said head coach Chris Poole. "Starting the match we were playing inconsistently on offense, but better defensively. Our offense got better as the match progressed, but our defense struggled. We are glad to get the win and we need to get everyone back on the court in practice to improve."

Four kills by Horton along with contributions from Keil and Kubura provided Florida State with a 12-9 advantage in the fourth set. Louisville countered with a series of strikes by Janelle Jenkins and Jasmine Bennett to close within one, 14-13.

The Seminoles quickly answered with a four-point run, regaining their offensive rhythm behind kills from Ambrose and Natasha Calkins along with a service ace by Bozena Culo, as they assumed an 18-14 lead. Molly Sauer again sparked the Louisville offense, which pieced together an 8-4 run, as the game reached a 22-all deadlock. But, it was the combination of kills from Ambrose and Kubura, along with an attack error by Louisville that provided FSU with its fifth win at home this season.

Florida State's offense again established an early advantage, this time moving out to a 7-3 lead on a service ace by Culo in the third set. Louisville quickly rebounded with a kill by Bennett and key points by Melanie McHenry as it moved to within one, 12-11.

McHenry continued to apply pressure on the Florida State defense, pulling the Cardinals even with a kill that knotted the game at 17. Sauer took over in serve and forced Florida State into committing three attack errors as Louisville eventually moved in front 22-18. The Seminoles would retaliate behind kills from Keil and Horton, closing the margin to 24-22, before a kill by Tess Clark provided the Cardinals with the win.

The Seminoles carried over momentum from their opening set win in the early stages of the second frame as they established a 9-2 lead behind two kills by Horton and four unforced Louisville errors. Gabbie Wiley orchestrated a rally by Louisville as the Cardinals pieced together a 5-1 run to trim the FSU lead to 12-9.

Leading by four in the latter stages of the second set, Florida State capitalized on a series of kills by Horton, Kubura and Keil as it stretched its advantage to 20-15. The Seminoles surrendered just two Louisville points for the remainder of the frame and converted kills by Green and Calkins to complete the seven-point victory.

A service error by Wiley, coupled with a kill by Horton allowed Florida State to extend a one-point lead to four, 13-9, at the midpoint of the opening set. Strikes by Ambrose and Kubura allowed the Seminoles to maintain their four-point lead, 18-14, before 6-2 run by Louisville narrowed the gap to one, forcing an FSU timeout.

Two kills by Kubura and a pair of unforced errors by Louisville brought the tightly contested battle to a 24-all deadlock. It was there that Kubura slammed home her fourth kill of the frame to give Florida State the one-point advantage. With Luke in serve the Seminoles closed out the victory with an attack error by McHenry.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 10  6  29  0.138   1  1  4   2  17  2  2   0   0  14.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  24  2  1   0  13  0  0   0   1   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 15  3  34  0.353   1  0  0   0   4  0  1   0   0  15.5
10 Christina Ambrose          4 10  2  23  0.348   0  0  0   1   3  0  1   0   0  10.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  5  1   9  0.444   0  0  0   0   1  2  3   0   0   8.5
35 Mara Green                 4  6  4  14  0.143   1  1  0   0   2  1  2   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   1  0.000   4  1  0   0  10  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  5  4  16  0.063   0  0  0   1   1  0  1   1   0   5.5
 5 Bozena Culo                4  0  0   2  0.000   0  2  1   1   4  0  0   0   0   2.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  19  1  1   0   7  0  0   0   2   1.0
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 51 20 128  0.242  50  8  7   7  62  5 10   1   3  69.0
   Opp                        4 51 27 151  0.159  47  7 10   8  51  6  4   0   2  66.0


  1 2 3 4
LOUISVILLE
24
18
25
22
FLORIDA STATE
26
25
23
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, SYRACUSE 0
09/30/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Ambrose, Kubura Highlight Sweep of Syracuse.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Led by a pair double-digit kill performances from Milica Kubura (16) and Christina Ambrose (12) the Florida State offense finished with 50 kills and a .418 attack percentage as the Seminoles posted a 25-17, 25-16, 25-16 victory over Syracuse on Friday evening at Tully Gym. The sixth sweep of the season and second in Atlantic Coast Conference play moves Florida State to 10-2 overall and 3-0 in league action with Boston College heading to Tallahassee on Sunday.

Kubura, who eclipsed double figure kills for the seventh time this season and third time in as many matches, limited herself to two miscues in 25 attempts against the Orange (2-11, 1-2 ACC) defense as she posted a .560 attack percentage. Ambrose also enjoyed a solid night on the Florida State front row, posting a .556 attack percentage as she penetrated the Syracuse defense on 18 occasions.

Setters Brianne Burkert (24 assists) and Hailey Luke (15) quarterbacked a Florida State offense that tallied 50 kills in a three-set ACC match for the first time since recording 50 against Clemson on Nov. 26, 2014.

Cecile Woie, who emerged with a team-high 14 digs, anchored the Seminoles' defensive attack that finished with a 42-30 edge in digs. Joining her among statistical leaders on the front row were Kubura and Mara Green, who recorded two assisted blocks each.

Facing a two-set deficit in the match, Syracuse regrouped during the intermission to force 12 ties in the first 26 points as the third set reached a 13-13 deadlock on a series of kills by Kendra Lukacs. Ambrose responded with a kill and service ace for the Seminoles, forcing the Orange to burn a timeout trailing by two points.

Two kills by Horton along with an unforced error by Syracuse's Annie Bozzo provided the Seminoles with a 20-16 lead. With Horton in serve Florida State relied on the tandem of Kubura and Ambrose, who combined for three kills down the stretch as the Noles completed their fourth sweep of the Orange in five all-time meetings.

"I am proud that we took care of business tonight and the fact that overall we played pretty well offensively," said head coach Chris Poole. "We still have a lot of work to do defensively, but we have players stepping up and getting better every week, so I am optimistic."

A kill by Kubura along with a service point by Horton allowed Florida State to break an eight-all tie in the second set as the Seminoles assumed a two-point lead. Florida State moved in front 13-10, following an Ambrose kill, but Syracuse regrouped during its first timeout and responded by scoring five of the next eight points to move within one.

The Seminoles, looking to regain their previous offensive form, spent their first timeout of the set and quickly received two kills from Melanie Keil and one each from Natasha Calkins and Kubura to forge ahead 20-16. Horton's service game, combined with strikes by Kubura, Ambrose and Burkert gave Florida State a two-set advantage with the nine-point win.

Six kills by the Seminoles, including two each by Ambrose and Kubura, provided Florida State with a 9-4 advantage over the Orange in the early stages of the first set. The Seminoles added to their lead after Syracuse burned its first timeout, using kills by Horton, Keil and Kubura in succession to assume a 14-8 lead to force the second Orange breather.

The combination of Ambrose and Kubura, who were responsible for four of the next six Seminole points, stretched the lead to 20-13. Horton took over from there for Florida State, posting four kills to make for the eight-point victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  8  3  22  0.227   1  0  1   0   9  0  0   0   0   8.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  1  0   1  1.000  24  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3 16  2  25  0.560   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0  17.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3 12  2  18  0.556   0  1  0   2   2  0  0   0   0  13.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  0  11  0.455   1  0  1   0   4  0  1   0   0   5.5
35 Mara Green                 3  4  0   9  0.444   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   5.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   0  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  4  1  11  0.273   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  2   0   6  0  0   0   0   1.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  1   1 -1.000  15  1  0   0   0  0  0   0   1   1.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 50  9  98  0.418  44  3  4   2  42  0  6   0   1  56.0
   Opp                        3 33 13  98  0.204  32  2  4   3  34  1  4   3   1  38.0


  1 2 3
SYRACUSE
17
16
16
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 0
10/02/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seminole Defense Dominates Boston College in Sweep.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - The trio of Christina Ambrose, Mara Green and Melanie Keil finished with six assisted blocks each as the Florida State defense limited Boston College to a .028 hitting percentage, helping the 15th-ranked Seminoles remain perfect in Atlantic Coast Conference action with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-15 victory on Sunday afternoon in Tully Gym.

Keil, who finished with seven total blocks (one solo), led the way for the Seminoles' (11-2, 4-0 ACC) defense unit that tallied 25 assisted blocks. It marks the fourth time this season that Florida State has at least 20 assisted blocks and the seventh time in 2016 that Keil has recorded at least five assisted blocks in a match.

Ambrose tied her career-high in assisted blocks, set earlier this season against Texas A&M on Sept. 1. Green, who led the way for Florida State's offense with eight kills (.417 attack percentage), extended her consecutive match streak with a block to 25 straight as she helped led the Seminoles to 13.5 total team blocks.

"We are putting a lot of emphasis on our defensive alignment and touches on the ball," said head coach Chris Poole. "It is still an area we want to keep improving as the season progresses. North Carolina, who we face Friday, is one of the most athletic and explosive teams in the country offensively. We will have to be on top of our game to be successful in that match."

Joining Green among the offensive leaders were Milica Kubura (seven kills) and Katie Horton, who contributed six kills to go along with her team-high 13 digs. Senior Hailey Luke led Florida State with 17 assists while Brianne Burkert added 11 to help the Seminoles finish with 35 kills.

The combination of two kills each from Ambrose and Kubura along with two service aces from Keil allowed Florida State to grab a 7-3 lead in the third set. Boston College retaliated behind kills from Sol Calvete, Jill Strockis and Sophia West, trimming the deficit to one on two occasions, but it was three unforced errors by the Eagles with Horton in serve that resulted in a 14-9 Seminole advantage.

Trailing by three, 16-13, just over the midway point of the third, Jane Dejarld committed a service error for the Eagles that put Burkert in serve. The sophomore responded by forcing six Boston College errors among the next seven points as the Noles moved to within two points of the win. Florida State completed its seventh sweep of the season on a pair of Eagles service errors.

FSU established its offense early in the second set, capitalizing on a pair of kills by Ambrose to jump in front 6-2 before the Eagles' first timeout. West jumpstarted the Boston College offense with the first point following the timeout, as the Eagles overcame three unforced errors and two kills by Green to draw the set even at 12-12 with a 10-6 run.

Two kills by Kubura and Green along with a kill and a service ace courtesy of Keil allowed Florida State to establish a 21-16 advantage. The Seminoles closed out the frame on a 4-1 run, highlighted by two kills by Horton, as they took a 2-0 lead into the third set with the eight-point victory.

With the first set knotted at six-all Florida State used a series of offensive strikes by Horton, Keil and Natasha Calkins to spark a 7-3 run as the Seminoles assumed a 13-9 lead. A Boston College timeout, followed by two kills each from Julia Topar and Cat Balido, got the Eagles back on track as they scored nine of the next 15 points to pull even, 19-19.

Kills by Keil and Ambrose provided the Seminoles with a two point lead as Boston College burned its final timeout trailing 21-19. Florida State's defense allowed just one point down the stretch and used kills by Green and Calkins to complete the five-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  6  4  16  0.125   1  1  1   0  13  0  3   0   0   8.5
 7 Milica Kubura              3  7  3  15  0.267   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   8.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  1  0   2  0.500  17  0  1   0   4  0  0   0   1   1.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3  5  2  20  0.150   0  0  0   2   1  0  6   0   0   8.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  4  0   8  0.500   2  3  0   0   2  1  6   0   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 3  8  3  12  0.417   0  0  0   0   2  0  6   1   0  11.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   1  1  1   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  4  0   9  0.444   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   5.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  2   1   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  11  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                             1   1                                       
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 35 13  83  0.265  32  5  5   3  42  1 25   1   1  53.5
   Opp                        3 29 26 107  0.028  26  3  8   5  32  0  6   3   0  35.0


  1 2 3
BOSTON COLLEGE
20
17
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25

NORTH CAROLINA 3, FLORIDA STATE 0
10/07/2016, CHAPEL HILL, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 16 Seminoles Suffer First ACC Setback at UNC.

CHAPEL HILL, NC - 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.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  3  4  25 -0.040   0  0  1   1  11  0  0   0   1   3.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  19  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  8  2  20  0.300   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   9.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3  6  2  15  0.267   0  0  0   1   2  1  2   0   0   8.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  1  10  0.400   0  1  0   0   2  0  3   1   0   7.5
35 Mara Green                 3  8  4  17  0.235   0  0  0   0   0  1  1   0   0   9.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   2  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  4  5  20 -0.050   0  0  0   0   1  0  0   2   0   4.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  0   2  0.000   0  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   1   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   1  0.000  15  0  1   0   5  0  0   0   2   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 34 18 110  0.145  34  1  2   4  43  2  8   3   4  41.0
   Opp                        3 47 15 118  0.271  42  4  4   1  50  2  8   2   1  57.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
12
22
21
NORTH CAROLINA
25
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, NORTH CAROLINA STATE 1
10/09/2016, RALEIGH, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton, No. 16 FSU Battle Past NC State.

RALEIGH, NC - The senior trio of Katie Horton (15 kills), Mara Green (12 kills) and Melanie Keil (seven total blocks) helped 16th-ranked Florida State (12-3, 5-1 ACC) earn its first ACC road victory of the season by scores of 25-22, 25-19, 23-25, 27-25 at NC State (10-8, 3-3 ACC) in Reynolds Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.

Horton, who moved within two kills of 1,000 for her career, posted her fourth double-double of the season as she tied her career-high in digs (20) which she set against Alabama (Sept. 2). Green topped the double-digit kill plateau for the second time this season as she tallied a career-best 12 kills while posting a .500 attack percentage that included only two errors in 20 attempts.

Keil led the way for a Florida State front row that recorded 22 assisted blocks, notching at least five assisted blocks for the eighth time this season. Joining the senior middle blocker among those who stonewalled the NC State offense were Milica Kubura (six assisted blocks) and Green, who contributed four assisted blocks and the Seminoles' lone solo block.

Junior Cecilie Woie highlighted the back row with a career-best 28 digs. Woie, who topped her previous career-high in digs by five, also recorded two services and two assists for the Seminoles. She was joined in double figure digs by Horton and Brianne Burkert, who added 10 digs to go along with 31 assists for the ninth double-double of her career.

Looking to rebound from a late NC State rally in the third frame, the Seminoles opened up the fourth set on a 7-1 tear as they capitalized on five unforced Wolfpack errors in the process. Despite brief runs by NC State, who trimmed the deficit to four on two occasions, FSU extended its lead to 19-11 following a decisive kill by Keil.

Three kills each from Julia Brown and Perry Ramsey kick-started the NC State offense as it put together a 12-4 run to bring the game to a climatic 23-23 tie. Florida State battled past two match points by the Wolfpack and used kills down the stretch by Keil and Natasha Calkins to its their 31st straight victory over NC State.

Trailing 2-0 in the match, NC State quickly assumed a 4-1 lead in the third behind the play of Brown and Teni Sopitan. The Seminoles would eventually draw even, 6-6, with the service game of Woie for the first of four ties.

With the third set even at nine, NC State briefly assumed a three-point advantage, before a series of slams by Green and Kubura forced a 16-16 deadlock. The Pack eventually regained the lead, 20-19, and overcame kills from Horton and Ambrose and a pair of unforced errors down the stretch to complete the two-point win over Florida State.

Solid defense and kills from the combination of Kubura, Green and Christina Ambrose provided Florida State with an early 5-1 advantage in the second set. The Wolfpack retaliated, in similar fashion to the opening set, to pull even at five-all for the first of seven ties.

Back-to-back kills by the tandem of Kubura and Ambrose sparked a 5-1 run, which also included strikes by Horton and Keil, as FSU enjoyed a 16-12 lead. The Pack would pull within three on two occasions, but it was two kills by Ambrose along with strikes from Horton, Green and Kubura that gave the Seminoles a six-point win.

Two kills by Horton and three Wolfpack errors allowed Florida State to establish an 8-4 advantage early in the first set. However, NC State found its offensive form and used two strikes from the combination of Erin Chatman and Sopitan to pull even at 12-all.

The two teams forced four ties, including a 16-16 deadlock, before strikes by Horton and Green along with a Burkert service ace helped the Seminoles forge ahead 21-18. Horton capped off a solid opening set with her sixth kill and with the assistance of a Kubura slam and two NC State errors closed out the three-point win for the Noles.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 15  6  38  0.237   0  0  0   1  20  0  2   0   0  16.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  31  2  0   0  10  0  0   0   0   2.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  6  7  23 -0.043   0  0  0   0   1  0  6   1   0   9.0
10 Christina Ambrose          4  8  6  40  0.050   0  0  0   2   7  0  2   0   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  7  1  13  0.462   0  0  0   0   4  0  7   0   0  10.5
35 Mara Green                 4 12  2  20  0.500   1  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  15.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   2  2  0   1  28  0  0   0   0   2.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  6  0   9  0.667   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   6.5
 5 Bozena Culo                4  0  0   2  0.000   0  0  1   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  1  0   1  1.000  18  2  1   0   5  0  0   0   0   3.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 55 22 146  0.226  52  6  2   5  79  1 22   1   0  73.0
   Opp                        4 62 27 182  0.192  61  5 11   6  64  1 14   1   0  75.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
23
27
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
22
19
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA TECH 2
10/14/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 15 Seminoles Hold Off Virginia Tech in Five-Set Battle.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Milica Kubura and Christina Ambrose recorded 12 kills apiece while Katie Horton added 10 kills and eight digs as 15th-ranked Florida State edged a tough Virginia Tech squad by scores of 25-13, 25-21, 15-25, 24-26 and 15-8 in an Atlantic Coast Conference battle on Friday evening at Tully Gymnasium.

Kubura, who limited herself to two miscues, finished with a .476 hitting percentage as she penetrated the Hokie defense on 25 occasions. She led the Florida State (13-3, 6-1 ACC) offense to a .333 hitting percentage, which topped the .300 attack percentage for the fifth time this season.

Ambrose capped off her sixth double-digit kill outing of the season by posting a .360 attack percentage, while Horton topped double figures for the eighth time in 2016 and fourth time against an ACC opponent. The setting duo of Brianne Burkert (29 assists) and Hailey Luke (25) helped at least six players reach eight kills, including Natasha Calkins (nine kills), Melanie Keil (nine kills) and Mara Green (eight kills), as the Noles tallied 62 total strikes.

Keil enjoyed a solid match on both sides of the net for Florida State, finishing with six blocks (five assisted) as the Noles held a 17-13 advantage in total blocks. She was joined on defense by Cecilie Woie, who finished with a match-high 12 digs.

Facing their first five-set match against an ACC opponent in Tully Gym since a battle with Louisville on Nov. 15, 2015, Florida State grabbed a 9-4 lead in the decisive set behind kills from Kubura and Luke.

Luke then added her third service ace of the match to extend the Seminoles' lead to seven. Two unforced errors by Florida State allowed the Hokies to trim the deficit to six, 13-7, before a kill by Green completed the sixth Seminole victory in ACC action this season.

A service ace by Luke, along with strikes by Keil and Horton, kept the Seminoles within four of Virginia Tech, who established a 10-6 lead in the fourth frame. Consecutive kills by Ambrose gave the Seminoles their first advantage, 11-10, as the two units endured five ties before an eventual 17-all deadlock.

Florida State used strikes by Horton and Ambrose to move ahead 21-18, but the combination of Amanda McKinzie and Lindsey Owens rallied the Hokies, who eventually pulled even at 22. Four points and two ties later Virginia Tech knotted the match at 24-all, before they scored the final two points to send the match to the fifth set.

Virginia Tech regrouped during the halftime session and used four kills from Owens to assume a 12-6 lead in the third set that led to the first Florida State timeout. The breather didn't detour the Hokies' offense which stretched its lead to nine behind two additional kills from Owens.

Four kills among the next seven Florida State points, including strikes by Keil and Kubura, put the Noles within eight, 21-13. However, Virginia Tech allowed just two FSU points down the stretch as it completed the 10-point win.

The Seminoles streaked out to an early 8-4 lead in the second set, capitalizing on three kills and three Hokie errors. Among the three kills was one from Horton, which marked the 1,000th kill in her collegiate career. Virginia Tech overcame the four-point deficit and eventually pulled even, 10-10, on a kill by Jaila Tolbert.

With the Hokies leading by three, 14-11, Florida State used strikes by Calkins and Ambrose to spark a 4-1 run and make for a 15-15 contest. The Noles regained the lead behind two kills each from Horton and Calkins, moving in front 21-19. Three Virginia Tech errors down the stretch along with kills from Green and Kubura completed the four-point FSU triumph.

Florida State worked quickly through the opening set, using a .394 attack percentage and 17 kills to complete a 12-point victory. The Seminoles got off to a solid start, using two kills each by Green and Ambrose to assume the 6-1 lead as Virginia Tech quickly burned its first timeout.

The Hokies worked their way back into the set, trimming the deficit to four, but it was two kills from Green and a service ace by Keil that allowed Florida State to forge in front 15-7. Keil, Kubura and Ambrose, made their presence felt on the front row as they combined for three kills to give the Seminoles a 22-9 lead, their largest of the contest. Keil then joined forces with Horton and Calkins to account for the final three points of the set and the FSU win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 10  3  26  0.269   0  1  0   2   8  0  2   0   0  12.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   0  0.000  29  1  2   0   5  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 12  2  21  0.476   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   1   0  12.0
10 Christina Ambrose          5 12  3  25  0.360   0  0  0   1   2  2  0   0   0  14.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  9  4  22  0.227   2  1  0   0   2  1  5   0   0  13.5
35 Mara Green                 5  8  4  16  0.250   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   2   1   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  1   0  12  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            5  9  0  15  0.600   0  0  0   0   2  0  5   0   0  11.5
 5 Bozena Culo                5  1  2   6 -0.167   0  1  1   1   8  0  0   0   0   2.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  1  0   1  1.000  25  3  0   0   5  0  0   0   2   4.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 62 18 132  0.333  57  8  4   4  47  3 14   3   4  80.0
   Opp                        5 59 22 138  0.268  52  4  9   8  46  3 10   4   1  71.0


  1 2 3 4 5
VIRGINIA TECH
13
21
25
26
8
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
15
24
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, PITTSBURGH 1
10/16/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Four-Set Win Over Panthers Gives No. 15 FSU Weekend Sweep.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Three Seminoles topped double figures in kills, including Milica Kubura (14), Katie Horton (11) and Christina Ambrose (10) as 15th-ranked Florida State emerged with a four-set victory over visiting Pittsburgh by scores of 25-22, 24-26, 25-20 and 25-23 in Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball action on Sunday afternoon.

Kubura led the Seminoles (14-3, 7-1 ACC) to 46 team kills by virtue of hitting 14 strikes in 28 total attacks (.500 hitting percentage). It marks the fifth time that Kubura has topped the .500 hitting percentage plateau this season and third occasion she reached the mark against an ACC opponent.

Horton, who also contributed nine digs, finished with 11 kills. She was a solid defender on the front row with three assisted blocks. Ambrose enjoyed one of her best matches of the season as she emerged with with 10 kills, seven blocks (six assisted blocks) and four digs.

Melanie Keil anchored the Florida State front row with 11 total blocks, including eight assisted, as the Seminoles held a 34-9 edge in total blocks. Joining Ambrose with six assisted blocks was Mara Green, who added one solo deflection to end with seven total.

Cecilie Woie led the way with 13 digs and while Horton contributed nine teammate Brianne Burkert added seven to go along with her team-high 22 assists.

Florida State used a kill by Keil and a block by Ambrose to break a 10-all tie in the fourth set as it briefly moved in front by two. However, a Pittsburgh (14-6, 5-3 ACC) rally that included three consecutive kills by Mariah Bell and a slam from Kelsey O'Neill gave the Panthers an 18-16 advantage.

The Seminoles converted a kill from Ambrose and blocks by Green and Natasha Calkins to eventually force a 23-23 tie before spending the first of its two timeouts. It was there that captain Hailey Luke came through in the clutch as she delivered a block and kill in back-to-back possessions to complete the two-point victory.

Luke and Horton came through with two service aces and Keil added a block as Florida State jumped out to an 8-5 lead in the third set. Pittsburgh followed with three unanswered points as the two units went back-and-forth, with neither able to take more than a three-point advantage, as the set eventually reached a 17-all tie.

Six points later and deadlocked a 20, following strikes from Horton and Ambrose, a pair of kills by Kubura put the Seminoles in front by two. Ambrose emerged again as she provided the final three points down the stretch, teaming with Keil on two blocks, and driving home the decisive kill as FSU posted the five-point victory.

Freshman Bozena Culo, who contributed a kill and a service ace, was instrumental in providing Florida State with an early 9-5 lead in the second set. The Seminoles followed with service aces by Horton and Burkert, along with a kill off the hand of Kubura, establishing a 15-11 lead that forced Pittsburgh to burn its second timeout.

The Panthers fought back to knot the set at 17-all before taking the lead with Maria Genitsaridi in serve. Facing set point and a 24-20 deficit, Florida State received two assisted blocks from Green and a kill by Horton to pull even at 24. Pittsburgh answered with a series of strikes by Mariah Bell and Jenna Potts to complete the two-point win.

A Horton kill along with two blocks by Keil allowed Florida State to establish a 7-3 lead in the opening stages of the first set. The Panthers regrouped after their first timeout, scoring seven of the next 10 points to knot the set a 10-all.

Strikes from the combination of Horton, Ambrose and Kubura kept the set close as the two teams reached a 16-16 deadlock, forcing a Florida State timeout. The Seminoles regained their lead 21-19 behind the service game of Burkert and kills from Horton and Kubura. Kubura drove home two kills and Ambrose added one down the stretch to complete the three-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 11  2  30  0.300   2  2  3   0   9  0  3   0   0  14.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   0  0.000  22  1  0   0   7  0  0   1   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 14  0  28  0.500   0  0  0   0   3  0  2   0   0  15.0
10 Christina Ambrose          4 10  3  29  0.241   0  0  0   0   4  1  6   0   0  14.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  5  1  10  0.400   2  0  1   0   3  3  8   1   1  12.0
35 Mara Green                 4  1  2  13 -0.077   1  0  0   0   1  1  6   0   0   5.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   2  0.000   1  1  0   1  13  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  3  3  18  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   4.5
 5 Bozena Culo                4  1  2   5 -0.200   0  1  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   2.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  1  0   1  1.000  12  2  1   0   6  1  0   0   2   4.0
   Team                             1   1                    2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 46 14 137  0.234  41  7  5   3  53  6 28   2   3  73.0
   Opp                        4 62 32 155  0.194  58  3 11   7  71  1  8   3   2  70.0


  1 2 3 4
PITTSBURGH
22
26
20
23
FLORIDA STATE
25
24
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, MIAMI 0
10/19/2016, CORAL GABLES, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Kubura, No. 12 Seminoles Sweep Miami.

CORAL GABLES, FL - Led by the trio of Milica Kubura (12 kills), Katie Horton (nine kills, nine digs) and Melanie Keil (nine total blocks), 12th-ranked Florida State earned its eighth sweep of the season by downing ACC rival Miami 25-12, 25-15, 25-22 on Wednesday evening.

Kubura, who finished with a .400-plus hitting percentage (.450) for the third straight match, led the Seminoles (15-3, 8-1 ACC) in kills for the ninth time this season. Joining the hard-hitting junior among offensive leaders were Horton, Christina Ambrose (six kills) and Mara Green (six kills, .667 hitting pct.), as the Florida State offense finished with a 40-27 edge in kills and a .261 hitting percentage.

Keil, who has now tallied five or more assisted blocks in each of her last four matches, led the way for a front row that recorded 17 total blocks and limited Miami (8-13, 2-7 ACC) to a .010 hitting percentage. Junior Natasha Calkins was also active on defense for Florida State with four assisted blocks to go along with her five kills.

Among the back row leaders with Horton were Hailey Luke (nine digs) and Cecilie Woie (seven digs). Luke narrowly missed a double-double as she was also responsible for 10 assists.

"I am very pleased overall with the win," said head coach Chris Poole. "We did some things on the court that have been a focal point in practice. We let down a little in the third set, but still finished off the match on the road against a big rival. Melanie had another big blocking match, while Milica, Mara and Natasha hit for a high percentage for us."

Green and Horton emerged with two kills each and Keil added two blocks to provide Florida State with a 12-6 advantage at the mid-way point of the third set. Miami scored seven of the next nine points, receiving a pair kills from Olga Strantzali, to quickly pull with two of the Seminoles.

Four unforced Miami errors along with an assisted block by Horton and Keil provided the Seminoles with a 21-17 lead. The Hurricanes made one final push, narrowing the margin to three, but it was strikes by Kubura and Calkins that completed the 10th three-set victory in the series for Florida State.

Calkins recorded two early kills and added an assisted block as the Seminoles built an 8-4 lead in the second set. Miami, again forced to burn an early timeout, scored the next three unanswered points to trim the lead to one.

Five kills by the Seminoles, including three from Horton and two by Green, stretched the FSU lead to 18-8. A second Miami run, this time highlighted by the service game of Sara Duque, narrowed the deficit to five, 18-13. The combination of two kills from Kubura and four unforced errors by the Hurricanes provided the Noles with the 10-point win.

Florida State took advantage of six attack errors and a block by Keil as it assumed an 8-2 advantage early in the opening frame. Miami briefly sliced the margin to four, before five kills from the Seminoles, including two by Horton, doubled the Florida State lead to 16-8.

Miami's second timeout of the set, following an Ambrose kill, was not enough to derail the Seminole offense which received back-to-back kills from Kubura as the lead reached 10. Leading 22-10 following a kill by Calkins, Florida State capitalized on a Horton kill and a Keil service ace to complete victory.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3  9  6  23  0.130   0  0  0   0   9  0  1   0   0   9.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  23  1  2   0   5  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3 12  3  20  0.450   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0  13.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3  6  4  16  0.125   0  0  0   1   2  0  1   0   0   6.5
21 Melanie Keil               3  2  2   6  0.000   1  1  0   0   1  1  8   0   0   8.0
35 Mara Green                 3  6  0   9  0.667   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   6.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   4  0  0   0   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  5  1  13  0.308   1  0  0   0   1  0  4   0   0   7.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  1   1 -1.000   0  0  1   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  10  0  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 40 17  88  0.261  39  2  3   1  39  1 16   0   0  51.0
   Opp                        3 27 26 103  0.010  26  1  7   2  25  0 10   0   0  33.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
25
MIAMI
12
15
22

FLORIDA STATE 3, VIRGINIA 0
10/21/2016, CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton Double-Double Highlights Sweep of Virginia.

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA - Senior Katie Horton recorded her 17th career double-double and fifth of the season (17 digs, 11 kills) to guide 12th-ranked Florida State past Virginia by scores of 27-25, 25-22 and 25-16 as the Seminoles moved to 16-3 overall and 9-1 in ACC play following a pair of sweeps this week.

Horton, who reached double figure kills for the fourth time in the last five outings, completed her fourth double-double performance against an ACC foe in 2016. Joining her among the offensive leaders were Christina Ambrose (eight kills), Milica Kubura (seven kills) and Hailey Luke, who handed out a team-high 14 assists.

The multi-faceted Horton enjoyed her 10th double-digit dig outing of the season and along with 11 digs by Cecile Woie, the Seminoles recorded 48 digs as a unit. Meanwhile, the front row trio of Mara Green (six assisted blocks), Natasha Calkins (four) and Melanie Keil (three) limited Virginia to a .124 attack percentage.

Three kills and a service ace from Keil allowed the Seminoles to assume a 9-5 advantage as Virginia was forced to burn an early timeout for the third straight set. However, in contrast to the first two sets, Florida State did not allow a rally by the Cavaliers as timely kills from Horton, Green and Kubura kept the Virginia offense at bay and resulted in a 17-11 Seminole lead.

Horton refused to let the Florida State offense slip, driving home three kills in a seven-point stretch, as the Seminoles assumed a 22-14 advantage. The combination kills by Kubura and Ambrose and a service error by Kelsey Miller allowed the Noles to post their 23rd sweep of Virginia.

"It wasn't pretty, but we found a way to win tonight," said head coach Chris Poole. "The encouraging part is that we stepped up in the third set and played much better. We seemed flat in the first two sets and kept surrendering large leads. I am glad that we got another road victory because we have two huge road matches again next weekend and we need to have a great week of practice to be prepared."

Behind four kills from Kubura and an assisted block by the tandem of Keil and Calkins, the Seminoles enjoyed a 10-6 lead to open the second frame. Florida State maintained its six-point edge, capitalizing on three unforced Cavalier errors and kills from Green and Horton, forcing the second Virginia timeout.

The Cavaliers regrouped and came through with a pair of blocks by Kat Young along with kills from Harley Sebastian and Haley Kole to pull even at 16. Florida State regained the momentum, and the lead, behind a 5-0 run that included a kill by Keil and a service ace from Bozena Culo. The back-and-forth battle continued, with Virginia trimming the deficit to one, 23-22, before a Kubura slam coupled with an assisted block by the tandem of Ambrose and Green closed out the victory.

Two kills and a service ace by Horton provided Florida State with a 10-6 advantage in the opening stages of the first set. The Cavaliers used their first timeout to regroup, converting kills by Kiley Banker and Jasmine Burton to knot the score at 11-all.

With the two units unable to establish more than a two-point advantage, despite two kills from Green and three off the hand of Jasmine Burton, they reached a 22-all deadlock after six ties. Haley Kole recorded back-to-back kills to put Virginia at match point, but two unforced errors and a strike by Ambrose moved the Seminoles in front by one, 25-24. A kill by Young pulled the score even, but consecutive unforced errors by the Cavaliers allowed Florida State to complete the two-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               3 11  4  33  0.212   1  2  1   0  15  0  1   0   0  13.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            3  0  0   0  0.000  13  0  1   0   5  0  0   0   1   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              3  7  1  21  0.286   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   8.0
10 Christina Ambrose          3  8  5  25  0.120   0  0  0   0   3  0  2   1   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               3  5  3  14  0.143   0  2  0   0   0  0  3   0   0   8.5
35 Mara Green                 3  5  2   9  0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  6   0   0   8.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               3  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            3  2  2  14  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   4.0
 5 Bozena Culo                3  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   1   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 8 Hailey Luke                3  0  0   0  0.000  14  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   0.0
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        3 38 17 116  0.181  32  5  2   2  48  0 18   1   1  52.0
   Opp                        3 41 25 129  0.124  40  2  8   5  56  3  6   1   1  49.0


  1 2 3
FLORIDA STATE
27
25
25
VIRGINIA
25
22
16

FLORIDA STATE 3, LOUISVILLE 1
10/28/2016, LOUISVILLE, KY

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

No. 11 Seminoles Earn Sixth Straight Victory, Down Louisville 3-1.

LOUISVILLE, KY - The trio of Milica Kubura (14 kills, five assisted blocks), Christina Ambrose (12 kills, 10 digs) and Katie Horton (20 digs, 10 kills) helped 11th-ranked Florida State extend its season-long winning streak to six as the Seminoles downed Louisville by scores of 23-25, 25-18, 29-27 and 25-10 in Friday night Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball action.

Kubura finished the match with a .345 hitting percentage as she recorded her 11th double-digit kill performance of the season on 29 swings. Ambrose was also highly efficient for the Seminoles (17-3, 10-1 ACC), finishing with a .333 hitting percentage, as she posted the first double-double of her collegiate career.

Horton, who tied her career-high in digs (20), notched her 18th career double-double and second in as many matches as she added 10 kills. Cecilie Woie also topped double figures in digs (13) as the back row trio, joined by Ambrose, gave the Seminoles a 70-59 edge in digs over Louisville.

Senior Melanie Keil recorded a match-high eight blocks (seven assisted) as she anchored a Florida State defensive attack that finished with a 23-12 edge in total blocks. Joining her among lead front row defenders were Kubura and Natasha Calkins (four assisted blocks). It is the fifth straight match that Calkins has had at least four assisted blocks for the Seminoles, dating back to a five-block outing against Virginia Tech on Oct. 14.

The combination of two kills by Ambrose and back-to-back assisted blocks from duo of Calkins and Keil gave Florida State an 8-4 edge in the fourth set, forcing Louisville to call its first timeout. The Seminole offense continued to click on all cylinders by recording nine kills in the next 12 points, including three from Kubura and two each by Green and Horton, as FSU took a commanding 20-8 lead.

Louisville eventually cracked double figures, following a service ace by Gabbie Wiley, but it was kills by Horton and Keil along with a service ace from Bozena Culo that helped the Noles triumph. The victory over the Cardinals marks just the third time in the series history and first since the 1990 campaign that the Noles have completed a season sweep of Louisville.

"It was the good, the bad and the ugly win tonight," said head coach Chris Poole. "Fortunately we kept working hard all night and finished on a high note. We knew Louisville would bring their best and make us play hard. I'm proud of the way we stepped up in the fourth set."

Keil made her presence felt in the opening stages of the third set with three blocks to help Florida State jump out to a 9-4 lead. Louisville retaliated behind the service game of Molly Sauer, who used kills from Tess Clark and Melanie McHenry to pull even at nine for the first of nine ties that resulted in an 18-18 contest.

A kill by Horton along with a Cardinal attack error provided Florida State with a 20-18 edge, but Louisville took advantage of two unforced errors to quickly even the set at 20. With Hailey Luke serving set point, Louisville answered with a kill by Morgan Miller to force a 24-all tie. Three ties and two Cardinal set points later, FSU grabbed a 28-27 advantage on an assisted block by Horton and Green. Horton followed by driving a kill through the Louisville defense to provide the two-point win.

Five service errors by the Cardinals along with two service aces by Keil allowed Florida State to grab a 9-7 advantage in the second set. A 7-3 run, highlighted by two kills from Ambrose and one each by Kubura and Calkins forced Louisville to burn a timeout trailing 15-10.

The breather didn't detour Florida State, who received a service ace by Culo and a kill from Horton en route to a 19-14 advantage. Mara Green drove a pair of kills past the Cardinals' defense while Horton and Woie used their service games to force three Louisville errors as the Seminoles completed the seven-point victory.

The two teams battled throughout the early stages of the opening set, unable to establish more than a two-point advantage, as they endured nine ties before reaching a 12-all deadlock. Louisville broke that tie following a pair of Jasmine Bennett kills as it briefly assumed the 15-12 advantage.

Florida State responded with two kills by Kubura along with strikes from the duo of Keil and Ambrose as the first set reached a 17-17 tie. Kubura and Green penetrated the Cardinal defense for a series of kills as the Seminoles overcame three kills from Clark to assume a 23-22 lead deep in the set. However, Louisville recorded the final three points, including a kill and a block from Morgan Miller, to complete the two-point win.

Florida State turns its focus to a match with Notre Dame on Sunday at 1 p.m. The two teams, who enter the weekend tied for second place in the ACC, look to remain within one game of North Carolina as they battle for the league championship.

"We really need to come out ready to play on Sunday," added Poole. "Notre Dame is a great team this year and we will need to play our best to win the match on the road."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 10  6  29  0.138   0  0  1   1  20  0  2   0   0  11.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   1  0.000  32  0  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 14  4  29  0.345   0  0  0   0   5  0  5   0   0  16.5
10 Christina Ambrose          4 12  3  27  0.333   0  0  0   0  10  0  2   0   0  13.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  3  2  15  0.067   0  2  0   0   2  1  7   0   0   9.5
35 Mara Green                 4  8  3  16  0.313   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   2   0  10.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  1  0   1  1.000   3  0  0   1  13  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  6  2  15  0.267   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   7.0
 5 Bozena Culo                4  0  0   3  0.000   1  2  1   0   8  0  0   0   0   2.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  1   2 -0.500  17  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   1   0.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 54 21 138  0.239  53  4  3   2  70  1 22   2   1  70.0
   Opp                        4 53 30 159  0.145  51  2 14   4  59  0 12   2   0  61.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
23
25
29
25
LOUISVILLE
25
18
27
10

FLORIDA STATE 3, NOTRE DAME 1
10/30/2016, SOUTH BEND, IN

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Kubura, Woie Shine in Four-Set Victory at Notre Dame.

SOUTH BEND, IN - Florida State's Milica Kubura (19 kills), Christina Ambrose (18 kills), Cecilie Woie (29 digs) and Katie Horton (23 digs) enjoyed career-best outings as the 11th-ranked Seminoles extended their winning streak to seven matches with a 17-25, 26-24, 25-14, 25-20 victory at Notre Dame in ACC volleyball action on Sunday afternoon. The victory improves the Seminoles to 18-3 overall and 11-1 in league action as they wrap up the weekend tied with North Carolina, who they clash with in one week on Sunday, Nov. 6.

Woie, who turned in her second 20-dig outing of the season, eclipsed her previous career-high (28) which came earlier this month against NC State. Horton also established a new career-high on the back row as she topped a 20-dig performance which also came against the Wolfpack (Oct. 9). Hailey Luke came through with her third double-double of the season (22 assists, 10 digs) as the backrow trio provided the Seminoles with a 91-70 advantage in digs.

Kubura, who tied her career-high in kills, topped the double-digit kill mark for the 12th time this season, posting a .361 hitting percentage on 36 swings. Ambrose shattered her previous career-high mark in kills (13), finishing with a .325 hitting percentage in 40 attacks. Senior Mara Green, who had a .600 hitting percentage, narrowly missed double figure strikes (nine) for a Seminole unit that recorded 64 team kills.

Melanie Keil, who emerged with five total blocks (two solo), was one of four Seminoles with at least three blocks along with Green (five), Kubura (three) and Stasa Miljevic (three). Florida State's 18-14 advantage in total blocks helped limit the Irish (18-6, 9-3 ACC) to a .175 attack percentage and 50 kills.

A solid offensive performance in the third set carried over into the fourth as timely kills from Ambrose, Keil and Horton along with blocks by Green and Miljevic allowed the Noles to establish a 9-5 lead. The Seminoles maintained their lead, despite two kills each from Meg Morningstar and Rebecca Nunge, behind two strikes each by Kubura and Ambrose.

Leading 15-13 at the midway point of the match, Kubura emerged with three of the next five Seminole points as Notre Dame called its second timeout trailing 20-16. Two kills from Ambrose and one from Luke helped Florida State earn its seventh consecutive win over the Fighting Irish in the series.

"It was a tough match today," said head coach Chris Poole. "Notre Dame came out very determined and did a good job of keeping us out of sync. We definitely improved as the match progressed and realize that we need to do a better job of coming out stronger in the first set. However, I am pleased with how we hold our composure under adversity and keep fighting."

A focused Seminole squad emerged from the break and behind two kills each from Miljevic and Kubura grabbed a 10-4 lead. After a pair of strikes from the combination of Green and Kubura stretched the Florida State advantage to 13-5, Notre Dame burned its second timeout.

The Seminoles used that timeout, along with two kills by Green and a strong service game by Horton, to score seven of the next 13 points as they moved in front 20-9. Notre Dame eventually cracked double figures, but kills down the stretch from Miljevic, Keil, Ambrose and Horton was too much for the Irish to overcome as Florida State prevailed by 11.

The two teams traded the first 14 points of the second set as they reached a seven-all deadlock on a kill by Horton. The Fighting Irish capitalized on a Sam Fry service ace and a Jemma Yeadon kill to forge in front 12-9, but Florida State remained close with kills from Kubura and Keil and a service ace by Luke.

Strikes by Kubura and Ambrose pulled the Seminoles even at 17 as a back-and-forth battle for the lead ensued. Seven ties over the next 14 points, with neither team unable to lead by more than one point, resulted in a 24-all deadlock before kills from Horton and Green provided FSU with a two-point win heading into the intermission.

Florida State opened the match by grabbing a 6-3 lead behind three kills from Ambrose before a quick Fighting Irish rally knotted the frame at seven-all. Notre Dame eventually grabbed an 11-8 advantage, with back-to-back service aces from Fry, forcing a Seminole timeout to regroup.

Notre Dame managed to build on its three-point edge by scoring 10 of the next 18 points, highlighted by two kills from Fry and Yeadon as it moved in front 21-16. The Fighting Irish surrendered just one point down the stretch to complete the eight-point win.

"With North Carolina losing this weekend to Pittsburgh we are now tied for first place and will be playing for a chance to take a lead in the conference," added Poole. "We need a big crowd this weekend to help us energize Tully Gym for the match with the Tar Heels."

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  6  5  30  0.033   3  0  1   4  23  0  0   0   0   6.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  1   1 -1.000  29  1  0   0   9  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 19  6  36  0.361   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0  20.5
10 Christina Ambrose          4 18  5  40  0.325   0  0  0   2   7  0  1   0   0  18.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  3  0  17  0.176   1  0  0   0   3  2  3   0   0   6.5
35 Mara Green                 4  9  0  15  0.600   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   0   0  11.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   7  0  0   0  29  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            2  3  2   7  0.143   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   3.5
 5 Bozena Culo                4  0  0   2  0.000   0  0  1   1   7  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  1  1   3  0.000  22  1  1   0  10  0  0   0   0   2.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             3  5  0  17  0.294   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0   6.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 64 20 168  0.262  62  2  3   7  91  2 16   0   1  76.0
   Opp                        4 50 19 177  0.175  48  7  5   2  70  2 12   2   1  65.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
17
26
25
25
NOTRE DAME
25
24
14
20

NORTH CAROLINA STATE 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
11/04/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Green Records Double-Double in Setback to Wolfpack.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Three Florida State players including Mara Green (11 kills, 11 blocks), Katie Horton (14 kills, 13 digs) and Brianne Burkert (23 assists, 10 digs) recorded a double-double, but it was not enough to push the 10th-ranked Seminoles past an upstart NC State squad who became just the second opponent this season to earn a win at Tully Gym as the Wolfpack came away with a 25-23, 25-21, 17-25, 22-25 and 15-8 victory on Friday evening.

Green capped off her first career double-double by posting a .333 hitting percentage after driving home 11 kills on 24 swings. While Green had the best hitting percentage in the Seminole (19-4, 11-2 ACC) lineup, Horton finished with the team-high in kills, eclipsing the double-digit mark for the 12th time in 2016. Horton was also responsible for 13 digs, her third straight match with double-digit digs, as she emerged with her 19th double-double.

Brianne Burkert dished out a team-high 23 assists and added 10 digs to join Horton and Luke (12 career double-doubles) with most career double-doubles (10) among active players. Cecilie Woie also provided a solid presence on the Florida State back row with 19 digs.

Melanie Keil, who tallied nine assisted blocks in the match, joined Green on a front row that posted 39 total blocks (36 assisted). Four Seminoles enjoyed multi-block performances including Horton (five assisted), Milica Kubura (five total blocks; four assisted), Christina Ambrose (five assisted) and Natasha Calkins (three assisted).

With Keil in serve, Florida State grabbed a 3-0 advantage behind kills by Horton and Calkins. The Wolfpack quickly rallied and following back-to-back kills from Julia Brown grabbed a 4-3 advantage.

NC State's defense stepped up in the clutch, stretching the lead to 9-5, and despite a series of unforced errors Wolfpack errors Florida State was unable to pull closer than three points.The Wolfpack received consecutive assisted blocks from Teni Sopitan and Kaitlyn Kearney down the stretch to complete the 15-8 win.

Carrying over the momentum from the third set, Florida State scored six of the first eight points, highlighted by kills from Ambrose and Green, to establish a 6-2 lead. The Wolfpack answered with an 8-4 run, as they knotted the game at 10 on a kill by Brown.

The two teams battled through eight ties over the next 16 points, with only NC State able to grab more than a one-point advantage, before a strike by Natasha Calkins provided Florida State with a 19-18 lead. Green followed with a kill and assisted a block along with Kubura as the Seminoles moved in front by three. FSU converted kills by Horton, Green and Keil to force a fifth set.

Trailing 2-0 in the match, the Seminoles used two a series of kills by Green and Kubura with Horton in serve to assume a 7-4 lead in the early stages of the third. NC State rallied, converting kills by the trio of Kaitlyn Kearney, Maggie Speaks and Julia Brown to pull even at 10.

Poole called the first Florida State timeout of the third and the Seminoles responded with an 8-4 run, highlighted by three blocks from Keil and two from Ambrose, taking a four-point lead. Two kills from Green combined with four Wolfpack unforced errors proved to be the difference as Florida State captured the third set.

Four Wolfpack kills, including two from Brown, resulted in an early 8-4 advantage in the second set as Florida State was forced to spend its first timeout early. The Seminoles strategic changes resulted in a 7-3 run, highlighted by kills from Horton, Ambrose and Keil along with a service ace by Luke, resulting in a 12-11 contest.

Horton continued to penetrate the NC State defense, driving home three kills over the next 10 points to provide the Seminoles with an 18-15 lead. However, the Wolfpack bounced back and behind the service games of Brown and Emily Harris and six unforced Florida State errors earned a four-point win.

NC State used a 9-4 lead to break a three-all tie, capitalizing on two points from Perry Ramsey and a pair of strikes by Brown, as it assumed a 12-7 advantage. Looking to regroup, the Seminoles burned their first timeout and behind a block from Green and kills by both Keil and Ambrose sliced the deficit to three, 16-13.

Florida State continued its rally by combining timely kills from the trio of Calkins, Kubura and Horton with a block by Green, making for a 21-20 Wolfpack advantage. NC State held off the late charge with two kills from Brown down the stretch as it grabbed the opening set by two.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 14  4  42  0.238   0  0  1   0  13  0  5   0   0  16.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  0  0   0  0.000  23  0  1   0  10  0  0   0   4   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5  7  6  28  0.036   0  0  0   0   6  1  4   0   0  10.0
10 Christina Ambrose          5  7  6  32  0.031   0  0  1   1   1  0  5   0   0   9.5
21 Melanie Keil               5  3  3  13  0.000   1  0  1   0   2  0  9   0   0   7.5
35 Mara Green                 5 11  3  24  0.333   0  0  1   0   0  2  9   1   0  17.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  2   0  19  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  6  1  18  0.278   0  0  0   0   2  0  3   1   0   7.5
 5 Bozena Culo                5  0  0   1  0.000   0  1  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   0  0.000  17  1  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             1  0  1   3 -0.333   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   0.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 48 24 161  0.149  44  2  7   1  71  3 36   2   4  71.0
   Opp                        5 68 37 188  0.165  60  1 12   2  75  1 24   2   1  82.0


  1 2 3 4 5
NORTH CAROLINA STATE
25
25
17
22
15
FLORIDA STATE
23
21
25
25
8

NORTH CAROLINA 3, FLORIDA STATE 2
11/06/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Ambrose Drives Home 15 Kills in Setback to Tar Heels.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State's Christina Ambrose recorded her second career double-double (15 kills, 11 digs), but it was not enough to offset a 26-kill, 13-dig outing by North Carolina's Taylor Leath as the No. 12 Tar Heels (21-3, 13-1 ACC) downed the 10th-ranked Seminoles (18-5, 11-3 ACC) by scores of 25-13, 25-21, 11-25, 22-25, 13-15 in Sunday afternoon Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball action at Tully Gym.

Ambrose, who reached double figures in kills for the 10th time this season, also led the way for the Seminoles in hitting percentage (.303) by virtue of 15 strikes on 33 swings. She was effective on defense for Florida State with 11 digs and five assisted blocks as she recorded her second double-double in the last four contests.

Also coming through with a double-double for the Seminoles was senior Katie Horton, tallying her 20th as she finished off the match with 13 digs, 10 kills. Combining for 26 digs in a pair of weekend matches, Horton is now 55 away from recording 1,000 digs in her collegiate career.

Milica Kubura capped off her 13th double figure kill performance of the season by contributing three assisted blocks. She was one of five Seminoles with multiple blocks along with Melanie Keil (seven total blocks), Mara Green (five), Natasha Calkins (two) and the aforementioned Ambrose.

The Seminole back row was anchored by libero Cecile Woie (23 digs), who topped 20 digs for the third time this season and second time in the last three matches. Florida State's Hailey Luke topped double figures in assists (28) as the team tallied 56 kills and a .208 attack percentage.

Florida State seemingly turned the momentum back in its favor after breaking a four-all tie with kills by Green and Kubura as it took a 9-5 lead in the fifth set. Solid defense from Kubura and Keil up front, along with strikes by Horton and Ambrose eventually put the Seminoles in front 13-10 as North Carolina called its first timeout.

Leath accepted the challenge by the Seminoles, driving home a pair of kills to cut the lead to one before teammate Beth Nordhorn penetrated the FSU defense with a strike to knot the set at 13-all. Leading by one, the Tar Heels closed out the victory on an assisted block by Leath and Nordhorn.

"Heartbreaking match for the team today," said head coach Chris Poole. "North Carolina showed why they have been so good this year with wins over Penn State and Wisconsin. They didn't give up after the second set and we failed to maintain the same aggressiveness coming out in the third set.

"We need to do a better job of being consistent and learning to step up late in these sets and matches," added Poole. Our coaching staff is committed to helping our team improve and in making this year's team stronger on the court."

Trailing 2-1 in the match, Leath opened the fourth set with three kills as the Tar Heels established a 9-4 lead. Horton and Green answered with strikes for the Seminoles, trimming the deficit to three before Luke took over in serve. The Florida State lineup rallied behind its senior captain, using three assisted blocks from Keil and two by Calkins to grab a 17-15 advantage.

North Carolina rallied, scoring six of the next 10 points, to draw even at 21. Leath and Taylor Treacy recorded consecutive kills to give the Tar Heels a two-point edge before a block by Taylor Fricano and Taylor Borup sent the match to a decisive fifth set.

Facing an uphill battle entering the third set, North Carolina streaked out to a 12-6 lead behind two kills each from Leath and Julia Scoles as well as a pair of assisted blocks by Fricano and Beth Nordhorn.

A Seminole timeout was not enough to derail North Carolina, which used three kills by Scoles and two by Borup to establish a 22-8 lead. Kills by Brianne Burkert and Calkins were unable to kick-start the Florida State offense as the Tar Heels cruised to victory in the third set.

North Carolina bounced back from a difficult opening set with four kills from Leath as it established a 12-9 lead in the second, forcing a Seminole timeout. Florida State regained its previous offensive rhythm with six kills among the next 11 points, including three kills from Kubura, to forge in front 17-16.

The inspired Seminoles eventually stretched their lead to four, 20-16, following an assisted block by Green, Kubura and Ambrose. Timely strikes by the combination of Ambrose, Green and Horton down the stretch gave Florida State a 2-0 advantage heading into the intermission.

Six kills inside the first 13 points of the opening frame, including two each from Kubura and Ambrose, helped the Seminoles establish an 8-4 advantage. North Carolina briefly narrowed the margin to three, but two kills by Green and a pair of unforced errors by the Tar Heels allowed Florida State to stretch its lead to six, 15-9.

Luke handed out assists to the trio of Keil, Horton and Green as the Seminole lead grew to 21-13. With Horton in serve, Florida State received a strike from Green and back-to-back kills by Kubura to complete the 12-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 10  3  32  0.219   0  2  0   0  13  0  1   0   0  12.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  1  0   1  1.000  23  0  1   0   9  0  0   0   1   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 12  5  31  0.226   0  0  0   0   0  0  3   0   0  13.5
10 Christina Ambrose          5 15  5  33  0.303   0  0  1   1  11  0  5   0   0  17.5
21 Melanie Keil               5  4  4  15  0.000   1  2  1   0   4  1  6   0   0  10.0
35 Mara Green                 5  8  5  21  0.143   0  0  0   0   1  1  4   0   0  11.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   4  0  1   0  23  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            5  6  3  13  0.231   0  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   7.0
 5 Bozena Culo                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   3  0.000  28  0  2   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           2  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   1   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  0   0   0   0.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 56 25 149  0.208  56  4  6   2  65  2 21   0   1  72.5
   Opp                        5 65 24 160  0.256  58  2 10   4  58  1 12   0   1  74.0


  1 2 3 4 5
NORTH CAROLINA
13
21
25
25
15
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
11
22
13

FLORIDA STATE 3, BOSTON COLLEGE 1
11/11/2016, CHESTNUT HILL, MA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton, Kubura Shine In Four-Set Win Over Eagles.

CHESTNUT HILLS, MA - 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 30 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 17 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.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 10  2  28  0.286   0  2  2   2  13  0  3   0   0  13.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  0  0   1  0.000  29  1  3   0   8  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 16  0  25  0.640   1  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0  17.0
10 Christina Ambrose          4  9  3  33  0.182   1  0  0   1   2  0  0   1   0   9.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  8  1  14  0.500   0  0  2   0   2  1  5   1   0  11.5
35 Mara Green                 4  9  0  14  0.643   0  0  0   0   1  1  3   1   0  11.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  0   0  22  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            2  1  2  11 -0.091   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   2.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   1  0.000  18  1  1   0   8  0  0   1   0   1.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           4  1  0   3  0.333   0  1  0   1   5  0  0   0   0   2.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             2  2  1   5  0.200   0  0  0   0   1  0  1   0   0   2.5
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 56  9 135  0.348  54  5  8   5  63  2 16   4   0  71.0
   Opp                        4 53 26 156  0.173  51  5  7   5  65  0  4   1   1  60.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
22
25
25
25
BOSTON COLLEGE
25
17
17
18

FLORIDA STATE 3, SYRACUSE 1
11/13/2016, SYRACUSE, NY

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton, Kubura Dominate Syracuse.

SYRACUSE, NY - Led by a pair of career-best outings from Katie Horton (21 kills) and Milica Kubura (20 kills) the 18th-ranked Florida State volleyball team earned a four-set victory (25-23, 25-9, 24-26, 25-20) at Syracuse in ACC action on Sunday afternoon. The win, which moves Florida State to 20-5 overall and 13-3 in the league, marks the ninth straight season the Seminoles have won 20 matches under head coach Chris Poole.

Horton, who posted a .333 attack percentage in her 15th double-digit kill performance of the season, completed the match with her fourth straight double-double as she contributed 13 digs. Horton and Brianne Burkert (27 assists / 16 digs), who recorded her 11th career double-double, led the way for a Florida State offense that finished with 69 kills and a .286 attack percentage.

Kubura, also highly efficient on offense (.306 attack pct.), topped her previous career-high in kills (19) in the process. Complementing the duo of Horton and Kubura was Christina Ambrose, who closed with 12 kills (.300 attack pct.), three digs and one assisted block.

Cecilie Woie topped the 20-dig mark for the fifth time this season (25) and third time in the last five matches to provide the Seminoles a 79-73 edge in digs. Meanwhile, Mara Green (four total blocks) and Melanie Keil (three total blocks) led the way for the front row. Another key to success for Florida State was Madison Sullivan, who emerged with five digs and one service ace.

Carrying over momentum from a solid third set, Syracuse opened the fourth on a 7-3 run that was capped off by a kill from MacKenzie Walker. Eight kills, including four from Ambrose, along with a service ace by Sullivan highlighted a Florida State rally that deadlocked the game 12.

Eight points and three ties later, the Seminoles grabbed the lead with Woie in serve as Syracuse committed an unforced error. Kubura penetrated the Orange defense with two kills as Florida State eventually stretched the lead to 23-19. A late Kubura kill along with an unforced Syracuse error, with Hailey Luke in serve, provided the Seminoles with the win.

Syracuse rebounded from a difficult offensive outing in the third by establishing an 11-2 advantage in the fourth. Three kills from Horton and two from Stasa Miljevic helped get Florida State's offense back on track as it scored eight of the next 10 points to make for a 13-10 Orange lead.

Horton applied the offensive pressure, recording three kills in a six-kill stretch to help Florida State pull to within 21-17. A pair of Syracuse errors along with kills from Kubura and Horton trimmed the lead to one, 24-23. But the Orange held off the rally and capitalized on a series of unforced errors down the stretch by Florida State to complete the win.

The Seminoles put together one of their most dominating performances of the season in the second set, finishing with a .515 attack percentage that included 21 kills while limiting the Orange to nine points. It is the first time, since Florida State held No. 21 Texas A&M to eight points in the third set on Sept. 20, 2014, that the Seminoles have held an opponent to single digits in a set.

Leading 7-3 early in the second, behind three kills from Kubura and two each from Green and Ambrose, the freshman Sullivan took over in serve for the Seminoles. She combined a service ace with two kills from the trio of Horton, Green and Miljevic to score the next nine straight points Florida State, which moved in front 16-3.

"Parts of today's match were very as we still try to be more consistent," said Poole. "This team has so much potential and our staff is working hard to help them reach the goals the players set for the season. Every season is a separate chapter and we want to end this year with no regrets."

Behind three kills from Horton, the Seminoles stretched their lead to 22-6 with Burkert in serve. The Orange answered with three straight points, which included a kill from Mackenzie Weaver, before strikes by Keil and Kubura provided Florida State with the decisive win.

A pair of blocks at the net by Green and Keil and a service ace by Woie allowed Florida State to establish a 6-3 edge in the first set. Syracuse responded with a 4-1 run, briefly knotting the game at seven-all, but the Seminoles countered by scoring the five of the next eight points to move in front 12-9.

Trailing by three, Syracuse scored the next seven unanswered to assume a 16-12 advantage. Florida State rallied behind strikes from Burkert, Green and Kubura to eventually pull even at 17. Five kills over the next eight points, including two off the hand of Horton, proved to be the difference as the Seminoles earned the two-piint win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 21  7  42  0.333   2  0  1   1  13  0  1   0   0  21.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  1  0   2  0.500  27  0  0   0  16  0  0   0   0   1.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 20  5  49  0.306   1  0  0   0   5  0  2   0   0  21.0
10 Christina Ambrose          4 12  3  30  0.300   0  0  0   0   3  0  1   1   0  12.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  3  1  16  0.125   1  0  0   0   4  1  2   0   0   5.0
35 Mara Green                 4  8  4  17  0.235   0  0  0   0   0  1  3   1   0  10.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   7  0  0   1  25  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  26  0  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           4  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   2.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             4  4  1  12  0.250   1  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   4.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 69 21 168  0.286  65  2  1   2  79  2 10   2   0  78.0
   Opp                        4 53 22 160  0.194  46  2  4   2  73  3 16   1   0  66.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
24
25
SYRACUSE
23
9
26
20

FLORIDA STATE 3, DUKE 1
11/18/2016, DURHAM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton, Keil and Luke Instrumental in Four-Set Win Over Duke.

DURHAM, NC - Katie Horton recorded her fourth straight double-double (18 kills / 18 digs), Hailey Luke added 27 assists and Melanie Keil emerged with nine total blocks as 17th-ranked Florida State earned four-set victory at Duke by scores of 20-25, 25-16, 25-23 and 25-20 in ACC volleyball action on Friday evening. The win moves Florida State (21-5, 14-3 ACC) into second place in the ACC standings behind North Carolina.

Horton enjoyed her 11th double-double of the season and 23rd of her career as she moved to within 11 digs of reaching 1,000 in her career. She was joined among offensive leaders by Mara Green, Natasha Calkins and Milica Kubura, all who finished with eight strikes. Florida State finished off its 10th road win of the season with 55 team kills.

Keil led the way for a front row that tallied 18 assisted blocks as Florida State held the Blue Devils (20-7, 14-3 ACC) to a .168 attack percentage. She was joined up front with multiple blocks by Kubura (five), Calkins (two) and Horton (two).

The back row combination of Cecilie Woie and Madison Sullivan, who finished with 29 and 14 digs, respectively, also played a key role in limiting the Duke offense. Both Woie and Sullivan enjoyed career-highs in digs and along with Horton's 18, the Seminoles finished with an 88-86 advantage.

Three kills by Horton allowed Florida State to grab a 9-3 lead in the fourth set. However, Duke charged back with Jordan Tucker in serve and three kills from Leah Meyer to pull even at 10.

Horton drove home four kills with Sullivan in serve to push the Seminoles in front 16-12. The lead remained at four until a series of strikes by Meyer, Cindy Marina and Jessi Bartholomew pulled Duke to within one, 21-20. Florida State responded, under the direction of Luke, with kills from Green and Brianne Burkert to wrap up the win.

Kubura was one of seven Seminoles to record a kill in the first 22 points of the third set as the two teams battled to an 11-all deadlock following a slam by Stasa Miljevic. Florida State scored seven of the next nine points, highlighted by two kills by Calkins, to move in front 18-13.

The Blue Devils used an 8-3 rally, highlighted by strikes from Jordan Tucker and Leah Meyer, to eventually pull even at 21. Three points from Horton, including two kills and an assisted block along with Green, helped Florida State grab the third set 25-23.

"It was a great win tonight," said head coach Chris Poole. "We overcame a lot of adversity and I am super proud of the team. We had a lot of different players step up and that was the difference in the match. Duke is a very good team and they run a great offense. We need to take this win and learn from it as we prepare for Sunday."

Consecutive kills by Green, Horton, Keil and Burkert got the offense in sync as the Seminoles jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the second frame. Green and Kubura combined for one kill and an assisted block to help Florida State stretch its lead to 16-7, after a service ace by Luke.

Luke was instrumental in adding to the Seminole lead as she assisted on kills by Green and Keil to make for a 21-11 contest. Two kills from Duke's Jordan Tucker were offset by strikes by Green and Kubura as Florida State completed the nine-point win.

Behind the service game of Chloe DiPasquale the Blue Devils established a 7-1 advantage in the opening set. An assisted block by the combination of Kubura and Keil ignited Florida State, who went on an 8-2 run to pull within one, 10-9.

Duke stretched the lead to five, 17-12, following kills from Bartholomew and Meyer, forcing the second Seminole timeout. Horton drove home two kills while Kubura, Calkins and Green added one each, but Florida State fell short as Duke posted the five-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 18  8  51  0.196   3  0  0   0  19  0  2   0   0  19.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  1   1 -1.000  27  2  1   0   8  0  0   0   1   2.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             3  2  2   9  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   2.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  4  1  17  0.176   1  0  0   0   3  1  8   0   0   9.0
35 Mara Green                 4  8  2  20  0.300   1  1  0   0   2  0  1   1   0   9.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   1  29  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  8  2  23  0.261   0  0  0   0   3  0  2   0   0   9.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  7  1  14  0.429  20  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   1   8.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  8  3  35  0.143   0  0  0   0   2  0  5   0   0  10.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 55 20 170  0.206  54  4  1   1  88  1 18   1   2  69.0
   Opp                        4 58 26 190  0.168  56  1  8   4  86  2  6   0   1  64.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
20
25
25
25
DUKE
25
16
23
20

FLORIDA STATE 3, WAKE FOREST 1
11/20/2016, WINSTON-SALEM, NC

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Burkert, Kubura and Keil Fuel Four-Set Victory Over Wake Forest.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - Behind the combination of Milica Kubura (13 kills / .393 attack percentage), Brianne Burkert (24 assists / nine kills) and Melanie Keil (nine total blocks / six kills) the 17th-ranked Florida State volleyball earned a four-set victory over Wake Forest on Sunday afternoon by scores of 25-18, 22-25, 25-20 and 25-21. The victory extended the Seminoles' winning streak to four, all coming on the road, heading into the final week of play.

Kubura, one of four Seminoles with at least eight strikes on the afternoon, topped double figure kills for the 16th time this season. She was joined among the offensive leaders by Burkert, Katie Horton (nine kills) and Mara Green (eight). Kubura was also one of the most effective hitters in the Florida State (22-5, 15-3 ACC) lineup, converting 13 kills in 28 attempts, committing only two miscues en route to a .393 attack percentage. She was joined by Green (.400 attack percentage), who had 15 swings, and Keil (.385), who finished six kills in 13 attempts.

Keil's presence at the net provided the Seminoles with a 28-10 advantage in total blocks, including 26 assisted blocks. She was joined in multiple blocks by Green (five), Kubura (five), Horton (four) and Burkert (three). Horton was also instrumental in the back row for the Seminoles with 13 digs as she became the 20th player in Atlantic Coast Conference history to record 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs in a career. Horton shared her match-high in digs with Hailey Luke, who topped off her 13th career double-double with 18 assists and 13 digs.

Using two Kubura kills and blocks by the tandem of Green and Burkert, Florida State streaked out to a 10-5 lead in the fourth set. Two Wake Forest timeouts and four Seminole kills later, Florida State enjoyed a 19-10 lead as it looked to close out the fourth.

Wake Forest made one final push, using the service game of Hanna Lee and three kills from Caitlyn Della to pull within three, 21-18. However three unforced errors and a kill by Kubura allowed Florida State to earn its 11th road win of the season.

Wake Forest carried over the offensive momentum it established in the second set into the third to force seven ties in the first 18 points, resulting in a nine-all deadlock. The Demon Deacons eventually moved in front by two, but a series of kills by Burkert and Kubura pulled Florida State even at 12.

With the Seminoles facing a two-point deficit deep in waning stages of the frame, Keil stepped up with a clutch kill and Horton added a service ace to make for a 20-20 tie. Keil and Kubura teamed for a pair of assisted blocks, while Horton and Calkins added a service ace and kill, respectively, to give Florida State the five-point win.

Early kills by Green and Kubura allowed Florida State to grab a 6-4 lead in the second set, but the Demon Deacons fought back to force a seven-all tie on a series of kills by Kylie Long. The two teams battled through 10 ties with neither able to establish more than a two-point advantage as the set reach at 20-all deadlock.

A service error coupled with a block from the tandem of Lee and Caroline Rassenfoss provided Wake Forest with the two-point advantage. Kubura responded with a kill following a Florida State timeout, but strikes by Lee and Long helped the Deacons grab the three-point victory.

"It wasn't always pretty today, but we found a way to win," said head coach Chris Poole. "I give Wake Forest credit for playing hard and continuing to push back. We played with a completely different lineup this weekend due to injuries that we haven't had time to practice. We need to get back into the gym and work out some kinks. We've been on the road four of the last five weekends, so it will be nice to be back home this week."

Burkert recorded three kills in the first nine points as Florida State quickly established a 7-2 advantage, forcing the first Demon Deacon timeout. Strikes by Green and Calkins, along with three unforced errors by Wake Forest, allowed Florida State to maintain its five-point edge, 13-8.

Leading by four after a kill by Horton, Burkert's service game resulted two unforced errors and a service ace as the Seminoles moved in front 18-11. Kubura penetrated the Wake Forest defense on three occasions and assisted Keil and Green with blocks as Florida State scored seven of the next 14 points to grab the opening set by seven points.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  9  5  27  0.148   1  2  3   1  13  0  4   0   0  13.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  9  4  21  0.238  24  2  1   0   8  0  3   0   1  12.5
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  18  0  0   0  13  0  0   0   1   0.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           4  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  1   1   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  6  1  13  0.385   0  0  0   0   1  1  8   0   0  11.0
35 Mara Green                 4  8  2  15  0.400   0  0  1   0   1  1  5   1   0  11.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  1  0   3  0.333   5  0  0   0   9  0  0   0   0   1.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  5  7  20 -0.100   1  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   5.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 13  2  28  0.393   0  0  0   0   1  0  5   0   0  15.5
15 Stasa Miljevic             2  0  0   3  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   1   0   0.5
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 51 21 131  0.229  49  4  6   2  53  2 26   2   2  70.0
   Opp                        4 52 33 151  0.126  48  2  5   4  53  0 10   1   4  59.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
25
22
25
25
WAKE FOREST
18
25
20
21

FLORIDA STATE 3, CLEMSON 1
11/23/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Kubura, Green Highly Efficient in Win Over Clemson.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Milica Kubura drove home a match-high 18 kills while teammates Katie Horton and Mara Green added 14 each to lead 16th-ranked Florida State to a four-set victory (25-16, 24-26, 25-17, 25-17) over Clemson in Atlantic Coast Conference in Tully Gym on Wednesday afternoon.

Kubura was the catalyst to a Florida State (23-5, 16-3 ACC) offense that finished with 65 kills, 63 assists and a .389 hitting percentage. The junior outside hitter established her season-high hitting percentage (.750) as she recorded double-digit kills for the 17th time this season on 24 total swings.

Green was also highly efficient for the Seminoles, posting a .722 attack percentage after driving home 14 kills in 18 attempts. It is the sixth time in 2016 that the senior middle blocker has finished with at least a .600 hitting percentage.

Setters Brianne Burkert (30 assists) and Hailey Luke (23) distributed the ball effectively throughout the afternoon as Green and Kubura became the first Seminole tandem in the rally scoring era to post at least a .700 hitting percentage against a league opponent in the same match.

Horton capped off her 24th career double-double by recording 15 digs, 14 kills and .310 hitting percentage. She penetrated the Clemson (6-25, 1-18 ACC) defense on 29 occasions to keep pace with Kubura in double figure kill outings (17) on the season. It marks her 10th straight match with double-digit digs dating back to a 15-dig outing at Virginia on Oct. 21.

Green highlighted the defensive efforts with seven total blocks (six assisted), while Melanie Keil added four blocks, four kills and three key service aces. Cecile Woie anchored the back row with a match-high 18 digs and was one of six Seminoles with at least five digs.

Two strikes each from Horton and Kubura helped the Seminoles grab a slim 5-3 advantage in the fourth set. Keil sparked the offense with a service ace and Florida State scored eight of the next 12 points to establish a 13-7 advantage behind back-to-back kills from Luke and Stasa Miljevic.

Green slammed home her third kill of the set to put Madison Sullivan in serve for Florida State. Sullivan responded by scoring three points to stretch the Noles' lead to 21-12. Horton drove home two kills and Burkert added an ace to help the Florida State earn its 10th win at Tully Gym this season.

Facing a 6-5 deficit early in the third set, Keil stepped up in the clutch as she used her service game to score 10 unanswered points for the Seminoles. Keil recorded one service ace and forced Clemson to commit three errors in that stretch, while Green responded with two blocks to make for a 15-6 Florida State advantage.

Clemson countered the Seminoles' run by recording six of its next eight points off kills to pull within five, 19-14. After a brief timeout, Florida State got itself back on track with a series of strikes by Kubura and Keil. Keil and Luke added one service ace down the stretch to complete the eight-point victory.

A pair of kills by Green along with an improved Clemson defense resulted in a six-all tie as the two teams battled early in the second frame. Two assisted blocks by Keil and the solid service game of Horton allowed the Seminoles to assume an 11-8 advantage.

However, Clemson capitalized on two kills from Tori Woogk to pull even at 12-all. A back-and-forth battle ensued as the two teams endured six ties over the next 24 combined points, resulting in a 24-24 deadlock. The Tigers converted kills by Megan McGinley and Woogk to knot the match at 1-1 heading into the intermission.

The trio of Horton, Green and Kubura registered two kills apiece inside the first 15 points as Florida State establish a 10-5 lead in the opening set. The Seminoles got into an offensive rhythm as they drove seven kills among the next nine Florida State points, including three off the hand of Kubura, to grab a 19-12 advantage.

A Clemson timeout was not enough to derail the Seminoles' offense who added two kills by Calkins in the final six points as Florida State claimed the opening set by nine points.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  6  4  23  0.087   1  0  0   0   2  0  2   0   0   7.0
 4 Katie Horton               4 14  5  29  0.310   2  0  2   1  15  0  2   0   0  15.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  3  2   6  0.167  30  1  1   0   8  0  1   0   1   4.5
 7 Milica Kubura              4 18  0  24  0.750   0  0  0   0   1  0  3   0   0  19.5
21 Melanie Keil               4  4  3  16  0.063   1  3  1   0   6  1  3   1   0   9.5
35 Mara Green                 4 14  1  18  0.722   0  0  0   0   1  1  6   2   0  18.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  1   0  16  0  0   0   0   0.0
 5 Bozena Culo                1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   2   1  0  0   0   0   0.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  2  0   3  0.667  23  1  0   0   6  0  0   0   2   3.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   0   5  0  0   0   0   0.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             4  4  1   7  0.429   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   1   0   4.5
   Team                                                      1                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 65 16 126  0.389  63  5  5   4  61  2 18   4   3  81.0
   Opp                        4 46 19 135  0.200  42  4  4   5  41  1  8   0   3  55.0


  1 2 3 4
CLEMSON
16
26
17
17
FLORIDA STATE
25
24
25
25

FLORIDA STATE 3, GEORGIA TECH 2
11/25/2016, TALLAHASSEE, FL

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Seniors Instrumental in Five-Set Win Over Georgia Tech.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Competing in the final home match of their Florida State careers, seniors Mara Green, Katie Horton, Melanie Keil and Hailey Luke made significant contributions to help the 16th-ranked Seminoles complete a five-set victory over Georgia Tech at Tully Gym by scores of 25-17, 25-22, 16-25, 23-25, 15-13 in Atlantic Coast Conference volleyball action.

Horton emerged with a team-high 14 kills, while adding nine digs and two blocks. Luke added a team-high 29 assists and 13 digs to complete her fifth double-double of the season and 14th of her career.

The versatile Green ended the afternoon with 12 kills and six blocks, including three solo, helping Florida State finish with 59 kills. Keil was also active on both offense (seven kills) and defense (eight blocks, three digs) as the Seminoles finished with a 26-24 edge in total blocks.

Joining both Green and Keil among the defensive leaders was Cecilie Woie, who finished with 27 digs and eight assists. Woie ends the regular season with at least 20 digs in six of her final nine matches. Freshman Stasa Miljevic came off the bench to close with five kills (.444 attack percentage) and five assisted blocks, while Milica Kubura added nine kills and three blocks (two solo).

Florida State now awaits its fate in the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Tournament that begins next week. Pairings for the tournament are released on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 9 p.m. on ESPNU. All Seminole fans are encouraged to watch the selection show with the team on the second floor of Doak Campbell Stadium in the football projection room. Attendance is free and opened to the public.

The defensive presence of Green and Miljevic coupled with two kills from Horton and Brianne Burkert helped Florida State establish an early 7-2 lead in the fifth set. However, the Yellow Jackets answered by scoring seven of the next nine points, capitalizing on two unforced Seminole errors and blocks by Teegan Van Gunst and Rebecca Martin to make for a 9-8 contest.

Natasha Calkins put the Seminoles into double figures, but Georgia Tech scored five of the next nine points to pull even at 13-all. A Teegan Van Gunst service error opened the door for Florida State's Madison Sullivan, who forced back-to-back attack errors by Gabriela Stavnetchei, as the Seminoles closed out the season with an 11-3 mark in Tully Gym.

With momentum swinging the way of Georgia Tech, following its decisive win in the third, the Yellow Jackets grabbed an 11-7 lead to force Florida State into its first timeout of the fourth set. The Seminoles were unable to derail the Rambling Wreck, who used two kills by Teegan Van Gunst and Kodie Comby to extend the lead to 23-13.

Green her second kill of the set past the Georgia Tech defense for the 14th Seminole point, which put Woie in serve. Woie's service game, along with two kills from Burkert and two blocks by Keil, helped trim the lead to 23-21. Florida State eventually pulled to within one, 24-23, on a slam by Kubura, but it was a strike by Teegan Van Gunst that brought the match to a 2-2 deadlock.

Three kills by Teegan Van Gunst and two each from Gabriela Stavnetchei and Annika Van Gunst allowed the Yellow Jackets to establish a 14-3 lead in the third. Despite kills from Kubura, Horton and Green, the Florida State offense was unable to get into rhythm as the Yellow Jackets eventually sustained a 23-12 lead.

The Seminoles made a brief run, behind back-to-back kills by Green, but Georgia Tech came through with a slam from Stavnetchei to end the rally and complete the nine-point win.

Stavnetchei recorded four kills in a five-point stretch to give Georgia Tech an 8-5 advantage early in the second set. Stavnetchei and the Yellow Jackets eventually doubled that lead to six, 21-15, after she drove home a kill on a pass from Martin.

However, a Georgia Tech attack error put Luke in serve for the Seminoles. The three-time captain, along with the combination of Green and Milejevic at the net, helped Florida State put together a 7-1 run to bring the set to a 22-all tie. Luke connected with Green and Horton for kills as the Seminoles assumed the two-point lead before the tandem of Green and Miljevic provided the game clinching point on a block.

Two points from Burkert and a series of kills from Keil helped Florida State establish an 8-4 lead in the opening set. Georgia Tech rallied, trimming the deficit to two, but five Seminole kills, including two from Horton, made for a 16-12 Florida State advantage.

Strikes by Annika Van Gunst kept Georgia Tech's offense in rhythm as Florida State called a timeout leading 19-15. Strategic changes on defense combined with three Miljevic kills down the stretch were instrumental in an eight-point win for the Seminoles.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 14  8  52  0.115   0  0  2   2   9  1  1   0   0  15.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  7  0  11  0.636  19  1  1   0   6  0  2   0   2   9.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  0  0   2  0.000  29  0  1   0  13  0  0   0   0   0.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           5  0  0   0  0.000   0  1  0   0  11  0  0   0   0   1.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  7  3  18  0.222   0  0  1   0   3  2  6   1   0  12.0
35 Mara Green                 5 12  7  25  0.200   0  0  0   0   0  3  3   0   0  16.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   4  0.000   8  0  0   1  27  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            5  5  0  16  0.313   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   5.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5  9  9  38  0.000   0  0  0   0   3  2  1   1   1  11.5
15 Stasa Miljevic             5  5  1   9  0.444   0  0  0   0   0  0  5   0   0   7.5
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 59 28 175  0.177  56  2  5   5  74  8 18   2   3  78.0
   Opp                        5 61 35 188  0.138  56  5  6   2  74  6 18   0   1  81.0


  1 2 3 4 5
GEORGIA TECH
17
22
25
25
13
FLORIDA STATE
25
25
16
23
15

FLORIDA STATE 3, CINCINNATI 1
12/02/2016, NCAA, Gainesville, Fl

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Horton Double-Double Helps Seminoles Advance to Second Round.

GAINESVILLE, FL – Katie Horton recorded a career-high 26 digs and added a team-high 17 kills while Hailey Luke contributed 28 assists and Mara Green finished with six blocks to lead 16th-ranked Florida State to a four-set victory (20-25, 25-14, 25-23, 25-23) over Cincinnati in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in the Lemerand Athletic Center on Friday evening.

Horton anchored the back row with her career-high 26 digs, three more than her previous career-high at Notre Dame (Oct. 30), as she posted the 13th double-double of the season and 25th of her career. The Westland, Mich. native’s 26 digs tied for the fourth-most in an NCAA Tournament match in program history alongside Visnja Djurdjevic (Purdue; Dec. 1, 2012).

Horton, the lone Seminole (25-5) in double figure kills, posted a .310 hitting percentage as she enjoyed her 17th double-digit kill performance of the season. She was joined among the offensive leaders by Natasha Calkins and Stasa Miljevic, who came through with seven kills each. Luke and Brianne Burkert, who contributed 20 assists, quarterbacked the Florida State offense to 53 kills and a .218 attack percentage.

The senior trio of Green, Horton (five blocks) and Melanie Keil (four) led the way for a front row unit that finished with 20 blocks. Joining Horton among the back row leaders were Cecilie Woie (14 digs) and Burkert, who recorded 10. The 10 digs gave Burkert her eighth double-double of the season and 12th of her Seminole career.

Five points by Jordan Thompson in serve in the fourth set helped give Cincinnati a 10-3 advantage. The Seminoles battled back, converting kills by Horton, Calkins and Luke, to pull even at 13-all.

After enduring six ties over the next 16 points resulted in a 21-all deadlock, following an unforced error by the Bearcats’ Ciara Hill. An attack error by Thompson along with a pair of strikes by Horton allowed Florida State to earn its 17th all-time victory at the NCAA Tournament.

The two units evenly split the first 12 points of the third set before an assisted block by Miljevic and Green helped provide Florida State with an eventual 9-6 edge. The Bearcats bounced back, behind the service game of Lindsey Dinelacker, to pull even at 10-all.

Four ties and eight points later Florida State grabbed the lead on a kill by Calkins. The Seminoles eventually moved ahead 20-16 behind a Horton kill and an assisted block from Calkins and Green. Cincinnati scored seven of the next 10 points, drawing even at 23, but back-to-back unforced errors provided the decisive points for Florida State.

Horton drove three kills past the Cincinnati defense in the first nine points as Florida State grabbed a 9-5 lead in the second set. The Bearcats recorded the next three points, slicing the margin to one, before a 6-0 run by the Seminoles made for a 15-8 contest. The run was highlighted by two kills from Calkins and five points in serve by Luke.

A second Bearcat timeout was not enough to derail the Florida State offense, which capitalized on two kills and an assisted block from Keil as the stood at 20-12. The Seminoles capitalized on two Cincinnati unforced errors and a Green kill down the stretch to close out the 11-point victory.

Three kills from Kubura, along with an assisted block from the duo of Horton and Green, helped provide Florida State with the 10-8 advantage in the opening set. Cincinnati answered with a 6-1 run, highlighted by four kills from Thompson, to assume the three-point edge.

The Bearcats extended their first set lead to five, 20-15, on a kill from Thompson. Florida State responded with a series of strikes by Miljevic coupled with a block that included Horton and Green, allowing the Seminoles to trim the deficit to three. Two kills from Carly Nolan and Lise Alaiwan helped give Cincinnati the opening set win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4 17  4  42  0.310   0  0  0   0  26  0  5   0   0  19.5
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  5  3  15  0.133  20  0  0   0  10  0  0   0   0   5.0
 8 Hailey Luke                4  2  0   6  0.333  28  0  0   0   6  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           1  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0   0.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  5  3  19  0.105   1  1  0   0   2  0  4   0   0   8.0
35 Mara Green                 4  4  0  11  0.364   1  0  0   0   2  0  6   0   0   7.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   1  0  0   2  14  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4  7  5  23  0.087   0  0  0   0   2  0  1   0   0   7.5
 5 Bozena Culo                4  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  2   0   9  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4  6  4  17  0.118   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   7.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             4  7  2  14  0.357   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0   8.0
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 53 21 147  0.218  51  1  2   4  77  0 20   0   0  64.0
   Opp                        4 57 26 174  0.178  55  4 14   1  68  1 12   2   0  68.0


  1 2 3 4
FLORIDA STATE
20
25
25
25
CINCINNATI
25
14
23
23

FLORIDA STATE 3, FLORIDA 2
12/03/2016, GAINESVILLE, FL, NCAA

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Sweet Seminole Run Continues After Five-Set Thriller.

GAINESVILLE, FL - The 16th-ranked Florida State volleyball team rallied from a 0-2 deficit and won the next three sets as it advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament with a victory over Sunshine State rival and 11th-seeded Florida (13-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25-19, 15-12) on Saturday evening at Lemerand Center Gym. The Seminoles' victory marked their second five-set win over Florida in the NCAA Tournament and sets up a meeting with Wisconsin next weekend.

With the moment shifting in favor of the Seminoles, after capturing the third and fourth sets, Florida quickly opened the fifth set with a kill by Alex Holston. Florida State answered with a series of kills by Katie Horton, Brianne Burkert and Milica Kubura, resulting in an 8-6 Seminole lead.

Florida bounced back with a 5-3 run before a block by Natasha Calkins forced an 11-all deadlock. The Seminoles grabbed the lead, 13-12 on a Calkins kill before adding a strike by Kubura to be at match point. Melanie Keil delivered the final blow for the Noles, acing Carli Snyder as Florida State triumphed.

Horton, who finished with a team-high 18 kills to go along with 12 digs, and junior outside hitter Kubura (14 kills, .414 attack percentage) were the catalysts to a Florida State offense that tallied 56 kills on 156 swings.

Calkins was also active on offense with eight kills, while Mara Green tallied seven. The duo of Brianne Burkert (30 assists) and Hailey Luke (20) piloted the Florida State offense to a .263 hitting percentage.

Florida State's defense proved to be the deciding factor in the victory as they held the Gators (27-4) to under a .250 hitting percentage over the final three sets. Among the defensive leaders were Calkins, Green and Keil, who finished with four assisted blocks each, and Cecilie Woie who recorded 19 digs.

Horton joined Woie among the back row leaders with 12 digs, finishing off her 26th career double-double. A versatile Luke added 14 digs to mark her 15th career double-double and Burkert added 10 digs to make for back-to-back double-doubles.

Florida State carried over the momentum from the third set victory into the fourth as it established a 10-2 lead fueled by three kills each from Kubura and Horton. Florida battled back, using a 5-2 run to cut the margin to 12-7, but a timely kill by Calkins along with an unforced Gator error helped the Seminoles extend the margin back to six.

After a kill from Keil and a block by the tandem of Kubura and Green gave Florida State a 19-12 lead the Gators put together one more run to pull within four. The Seminoles capitalized on kills down the stretch by Horton, Keil and Kubura to force a decisive fifth set.

In similar fashion to the first two sets Florida assumed the early lead, 15-10, however the Seminoles made adjustments during a media timeout and responded with three kills by Calkins and one from Luke to trim the Gator advantage to 18-17. Florida State completed the rally with an unforced error by Rhamat Alhassan, bringing the set to an 18-all tie.

The two teams endured three ties over the next 10 points before reaching a 23-all deadlock on a kill by Kubura. After an attack error by Holston put Florida State at set point, with Horton in serve, Kubura drove home the decisive two-point kill for the third set victory.

Two kills by Horton and one off the hand of Kubura accounted for the first three Seminole points, but it was the combination of Holston and Carli Snyder that helped give Florida a 10-5 lead at the first timeout. Burkert and Keil recorded two of the next four Florida State points, but Carli Snyder drove home two kills as the Gators forged ahead 17-9.

Kubura exploded for a kill out of the second Florida State timeout and Horton added her third strike of the set as the Gator lead stood at 19-12. Florida scored six of the final 10 points of the set as it assumed a 2-0 lead.

The Gators broke an early two-all tie by scoring nine of the next 13 points, using a pair of kills by Holston and Rhamat Alhassan to make for an 11-6 lead. Strikes from Horton and Green were not enough to get Florida State's offense in rhythm as Florida stretched its lead to 19-9, behind four kills from Holston.

Kubura and Calkins got the Seminoles into double figures on kills, but Florida closed out the opening set with a 12-point win.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               5 18  4  50  0.280   1  0  1   1  12  0  0   1   0  18.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            5  3  2  11  0.091  30  1  1   0  10  0  0   0   2   4.0
 8 Hailey Luke                5  1  0   1  1.000  20  0  1   0  14  0  0   0   3   1.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           5  0  0   0  0.000   0  0  1   1   8  0  0   0   0   0.0
21 Melanie Keil               5  5  1  13  0.308   0  1  1   0   1  1  4   0   0   9.0
35 Mara Green                 5  7  4  15  0.200   0  0  0   0   0  0  4   0   0   9.0
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               5  0  0   0  0.000   5  0  0   0  19  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            5  8  2  30  0.200   0  0  0   0   0  1  4   0   0  11.0
 5 Bozena Culo                2  0  0   1  0.000   0  0  0   0   2  0  0   0   0   0.0
 7 Milica Kubura              5 14  2  29  0.414   0  0  0   0   1  0  2   0   0  15.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             5  0  0   6  0.000   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   1.0
   Team                                                      2                  
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        5 56 15 156  0.263  56  2  5   4  67  2 16   1   5  68.0
   Opp                        5 71 18 163  0.325  68  4 15   2  74  2 12   4   3  83.0


  1 2 3 4 5
FLORIDA STATE
13
16
25
25
15
FLORIDA
25
25
23
19
12

STANFORD 3, FLORIDA STATE 1
12/09/2016, NCAA, Sweet 16, Madison, Wi

From the FSU Website, seminoles.com.

Calkins, Kubura Lead Offense in Setback to Stanford.

TALLAHASSEE, FL - Florida State's Natasha Calkins drove home a team-high 12 kills and Milica Kubura added 11, but it was Stanford's trio of Inky Ajanaku (17 kills), Kathryn Plummer (15) and Merete Lutz (10) that proved to be the difference as the sixth-ranked Cardinal (24-7) earned a 25-27, 20-25, 9-25, 23-25 victory over the 16th-ranked Seminoles at UW Field House in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.

Florida State closed out the 2016 slate at 26-6 overall and 17-3 in Atlantic Coast Conference action, reaching the Sweet 16 for the fifth time in program history. The Seminoles also graduated four seniors including Mara Green, Katie Horton, Melanie Keil and Hailey Luke.

Calkins' offensive performance against the Cardinal was one kill shy of her career high, while Kubura topped double-digit kills for the 19th time this season. Horton added eight kills for the Florida State offense as she closes out her career with 1,207 kills. Luke was also vital for the flow, leading the Seminole lineup with 23 assists, as she capped off a four-year career with 2,580 assists.

Junior Cecilie Woie anchored the back row with 21 digs as she tallied her eighth 20-dig outing of the season. Teammate Madison Sullivan also reached double figures with 14, tying her career-high. Horton rounded out back row defenders with 14 digs as she ends her indoor career with 1,079 to her credit.

Keil converted two assisted blocks in her final game with the Seminoles to wrap up her career with 391 assisted blocks and 415 total blocks. Green also contributed a block, along with her five kills, to finish off her career with 442 kills and 253 total blocks (228 assisted blocks).

"Obviously, you're always disappointed whenever you lose at the end. I think this team overcame a lot all year," said head coach Chris Poole. "I mean, we constantly were having to shift our lineup and make some changes because of different things that were going on during the season that we can't control. That's just part of the game. That's part of being able to step up and figure out a way to keep winning."

Trailing by three points early in the fourth frame with Horton in serve, Stanford committed three unforced errors while Keil and Kubura converted a block to provide the Seminoles with a one-point lead. Following an Audriana Fitzmorris block, which tied the game at 10, the two teams evenly traded the next 20 points and endured 11 ties to reach a 20-all deadlock.

Calkins and Horton responded with a series of offensive strikes, stretching the Florida State lead to two as Stanford burned its final timeout. Three Cardinal kills, including a go-ahead strike by Ivana Vanjak, made for a 24-23 set point. Stanford close out the victory on an unforced error and advances to the Elite Eight to face Wisconsin.

A solid defensive effort, which included 19 digs, teamed with offensive performance that resulted in 12 kills and a .355 hitting percentage was instrumental in giving Stanford a victory in the third set and a 2-1 lead in the match. The Cardinal received three kills each from Ajanaku and Lutz to highlight the offensive outburst.

The Cardinal scored 18 of the first 24 points in the third, forcing a pair of timeouts as it establishing a double-digit lead. Kills by Calkins and Keil made for the final two Seminole points as Stanford completed the decisive 16-point win.

Behind two kills from Lutz the Cardinal opened the second set on a 7-3 run, resulting in a quick Florida State timeout. Strikes by Green and Keil looked to get the offense back on track for the Seminoles, but three kills by Kathryn Plummer kept Stanford in the lead, 18-13.

Two Kubura kills combined with strikes from Florida State's front row combination of Calkins and Miljevic helped trim the deficit to three, 23-20. A timeout by the Cardinals followed by back-to-back kills by Ajanaku and Fitzmorris knotted the match at 1-1.

The two teams endured three ties inside the first 10 points, reaching a five-all deadlock, before a kill by Calkins and two unforced errors by the Cardinal provided Florida State with an 8-5 advantage. An ace from Luke coupled with strikes by Green, Calkins and Keil, stretched the Seminoles' advantage to 13-9, forcing a Stanford timeout.

Transitions during the Cardinal timeout resulted in a 9-5 run, bringing the set to an 18-all tie. Horton drove home two kills and Sullivan added an ace to give Florida State a 22-19 led. Stanford rallied and fought off two set points before a kill by Kubura and an unforced error by Audriana Fitzmorris provided the two-point victory for the Seminoles.

 
                                -----ATTACK----- SET SERVE SRV DEF BLOCK GEN
NO        NAME               SP  K  E  TA    PCT   A SA SE  RE DIG BS BA  BE BHE  PTS
== ========================= == == == === ====== === == == === === == == === === =====
 4 Katie Horton               4  8  9  50 -0.020   2  0  1   1  14  0  0   0   0   8.0
 6 Brianne Burkert            4  5  2  15  0.200  18  1  0   0   8  0  1   0   0   6.5
 8 Hailey Luke                4  0  0   0  0.000  23  2  1   2   4  0  0   0   0   2.0
 9 Madison Sullivan           4  0  0   0  0.000   0  2  1   1  14  0  0   0   0   2.0
21 Melanie Keil               4  5  5  16  0.000   1  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0   6.0
35 Mara Green                 4  5  4  14  0.071   0  0  0   0   0  0  1   0   0   5.5
   ---Substitutes---
 1 Cecilie Woie               4  0  0   0  0.000   3  0  0   3  21  0  0   0   0   0.0
 3 Natasha Calkins            4 12  6  28  0.214   0  0  0   0   4  0  0   0   0  12.0
 7 Milica Kubura              4 11  4  29  0.241   0  0  0   0   0  0  2   0   0  12.0
15 Stasa Miljevic             4  2  0   5  0.400   1  0  0   0   3  0  0   0   0   2.0
                             =========================================================
6  FSU                        4 48 30 157  0.115  48  5  3   7  68  0  6   0   0  56.0
   Opp                        4 58 20 154  0.247  52  7  6   5  65  3 16   4   0  76.0


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