#13 Florida State Sweeps Arkansas-Little Rock, Florida A&M

  0 Eli Noblitt | September 10th, 2016 | ACC, Division I Mid-Major, News



#13 FSU swept both Florida A&M and Little Rock at home to win the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament this past Friday, September 9, 2016. FSU’s Katie Horton, Mara Green, and Melanie Keil, Little Rock’s Carolee Dillard, and Florida A&M’s Nicole Abreu, Maria Yvette Garcia, and Valentina Carrasco were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The two wins improve FSU’s record to 7-1 on the season with their only loss coming from then ranked #6 Minnesota. FSU’s next match will be next Wednesday, September 14, against in-state rival #8 Florida at home.

Florida A&M

FSU first played Florida A&M (FAMU) on Friday afternoon. The Seminoles won in straight sets (25-20, 25-22, 25-21), and had a team attack percentage of .389 for the match. Katie Horton led FSU with 13 kills and a .632 individual attack percentage. For FAMU, Nicole Abreu was the offensive star with 9 kills and a .333 attack percentage. On the whole, Florida A&M averaged a .184 attack percentage. FSU also had 9 blocks to Florida A&M’s 3.

On Friday evening, FAMU lost to Baylor to finish out the tournament. FAMU ‘s next match will be against The University of Georgia in Athens, Georgia on Tuesday.

Little Rock

On Friday evening, the FSU Seminoles faced off against the Arkansas-Little Rock Trojans. The Seminoles again won in straight sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-20). FSU’s senior outside hitter Horton finished with a .375 attack percentage and a team-high 13 kills, but the team’s overall percentage was .234. Little Rock’s attack percentage was only .058 and they had 25 less kills than FSU, but the Trojans outblocked the Seminoles 11 to 7.

Little Rock’s record is now 3-7, and they will be traveling to Texas on Friday to compete against Incarnate Word, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin.


Courtesy of Florida State Athletics:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Senior outside hitter Katie Horton tallied 13 kills while teammate Brianne Burkertcontributed 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.

No. 13 Florida State will now turn its focus to in-state rival and eighth-ranked Florida, who travels to Tallahassee to take on the Seminoles on Sept. 14 at 6:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast as part of the ACC Network Extra package.

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Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole All-Tournament Team

Katie Horton, Florida State
Mara Green, Florida State
Melanie Keil, Florida State
Morgan Reed, Baylor
Katie Staiger, Baylor
Carolee Dillard, Little Rock
Nicole Abreu, Florida A&M

Courtesy of Little Rock Athletics:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Little Rock volleyball (3-7) fell in straight sets (15-25, 19-25, 20-25) to No. 13 Florida State (5-1) on Friday night at Tully Gymnasium.

Carolee Dillard was named to the Home2 Suites by Hilton-Tallahassee Seminole Tournament All-Tournament Team for her great performance throughout the tournament. Dillard led the Trojans with eight kills, eight total blocks and a team-high .261 hitting percentage.

The first set was all Florida State as the Seminoles controlled the entire frame and took a 10-point victory. Little Rock led the block battle 4-2 as Dillard tallied three.

The Trojans trailed by as much as nine points in the second frame, but they managed to whittle the Seminoles lead down to five at 23-18. Florida State kept up the pressure and eventually took the set with a couple of kills. Dillard recorded a set-high four kills and added two block assists to her total.

The final set saw Little Rock got off to a rough start as Florida State got out to a 17-8 lead. Little Rock battled back with a 6-1 run to narrow Florida State’s lead to 18-14. The Seminoles wouldn’t allow the Trojans to come any closer as they kept at least four points between the two for the rest of the match.

Veronica Marin recorded five kills with three total blocks while Daisha Gillard earned four kills and one block assist. Sydnee Martin had a team-high 11 digs for the Trojans. Miona Milovanovic had the match’s second-most blocks with four.

Little Rock continued its dominance at the net as it outblocked Florida State 11-7. The Trojans have outblocked every opponent this season and have tallied double-digit block totals in eight of 10 matches.

Little Rock will return to action against Incarnate Word, North Texas and Stephen F. Austin beginning on Friday in Nacogdoches, Texas.

Courtesy of FAMU Athletics:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 9) – The FAMU Women’s Volleyball team played impressively in defeat Friday afternoon, dropping a tough three-set decision to 16th-ranked Florida State, 3-0 on Friday afternoon in Tully Gym.

The scored of the three sets were indicative of the improved talent and depth of the FAMU team, which lost by a total of 12 points on the afternoon, 20-25, 22-25, and 21-25.

Florida State (5-1), which in previous meetings had been able to pull away from FAMU, could not Friday, as the Rattlers hung tough, especially in the second set, whjich was tied from the start until FSU took the lead for good at 20-19.

Even the final set seemed in doubt as FSU saw a 22-13 lead to shrink to 22-19, before the two clubs traded points, with the clincher coming on an FSU service ace with the score 24-21.

Nicole Abreu led FAMU with nine kills, followed by Maria Yvette Garcia with eight. Nair Canessa added five kills, while Ginna Lopez and Alexis Gosha added four kills apiece.

Valentina Carrasco led FAMU with 12 digs, followed by Garcia and Elena Dimitrova with five each, with Dimitrova also dishing out 28 assists.

WHAT’S NEXT: FAMU (2-6) will host Baylor University tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Al Lawson Center in the final round of play in the FAMU-FSU Invitational, while FSU will host Arkansas-Little Rock at Tully Gym.

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