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Three Florida State Volleyball Players Earn All-Region Honors

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Posted at 12:29 AM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 00:29:00-05
LEXINGTON, Ky. – The trio of Sarah BurringtonMilica Kubura and Nicole Walch were honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) on Tuesday when the organization announced its regional award winners.

The tandem of Burrington and Walch were named all-region, while Kubura received honorable mention accolades among 22 individuals recognized in the East Region.

“We had a great season this year and there is much disappointment dropping the match in the second round, but that’s only because we have instilled high expectations of the program,” said head coach Chris Poole. “Nicole and Sarah were our go to hitters this year and deserve the recognition. Milica also provided a lot of offense for us and had great matches throughout the season.”

Burrington, a two-time AVCA all-region honoree, capped off her redshirt junior by ranking top five on the team in attack percentage (.356-1st), solo blocks (19-1st), assisted blocks (148-1st), total blocks (167-1st), blocks/set (1.44-1st), kills (223-3rd) and kills/set (1.92-4th). She posted multiple assisted blocks in 30 of the team’s 33 match, including a season-high 10 at Georgia Tech on Nov. 25.

The Ruskin, Florida, native anchored a front row that was responsible for 370 total blocks (634 assisted blocks / 53 solo blocks), marking the third straight season Florida State had at least 500 assisted blocks (572-2013, 588-2014). That is the longest stretch of consecutive 500 assisted block seasons since 1986-89,  when the Noles combined for 2,551 assisted blocks by posting 684, 709, 524 and 634 in succession.

Walch, a three-time AVCA all-region honoree, capped off a solid senior season by ranking in the top five of eight team categories including kills (459-1st), kills/set (3.83-1st), service aces (30-1st), digs (305-3rd), digs/set (2.54-3rd), solo blocks (5-t-3rd), total blocks (71-4th) and assisted blocks (65-t-4th). She ended her career with 1,466 kills, fifth all-time, and 47 double-doubles as she became the first Seminole in rally scoring era to reach the top 10 in career kills.

A native of Stuart, Florida, Walch was an integral part of the offense with 459 kills as she became the fourth player in Florida State history to amass at least 400 kills in three consecutive seasons. She joined Maggie Philgence (1987-90), Luiza Ramos (1992-94) and Holly Schneider (1995-98) as the first player in the rally scoring era to achieve the feat.

In Kubura’s sophomore campaign she made her impact felt by ranking in the top five of five team categories including kills (281-2nd), kills/set (2.35-2nd), total blocks (69-4th) and assisted blocks (65-4th). The AVCA honorable mention marks the fifth award for Kubura this season who was also named all-tournament in the Omni Hotels Colorado Classic, Ohio State Tournament and Aloft Hotels Seminole Invite. Additionally she brought home CoSIDA Academic All-District honors and was named Second Team All-ACC at the close of league play.

A native of Belgrade, Serbia, Kubura topped double figures in kills on nine occasions, including a career-high 17 against NC State in mid-October where she posted a .516 attack percentage along with three digs and two assisted blocks. That performance highlighted a three-match stretch where she had double-digit kills at Wake Forest (12) and North Carolina (12).

“We had a very balanced team at times and different people that stepped up,” added Poole. “I’m proud of this team and all the players that contributed in both practices and matches.” 

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2015 AVCA East Region Selections
 
PlayerSchoolPos.Year
Corinne BainHarvardSJR
Abbey Bessler **XavierOHJR
Sarah Burrington **Florida StateMBJR
Allison CappellinoAmericanOHSR
Tess Clark LouisvilleMBSO
Erin FairsLouisvilleOHSR
Katie George **LouisvilleSSR
Chidima Osuchukwu**George WashingtonMBJR
Molly SauerLouisvilleLFR
Monika Smidova **AmericanSSR
Lauren SmithCreightonMBJR
Silvi UattaraSyracuseOHSR
Nicole Walch ***Florida StateOHSR
Jaali WintersCreightonOHFR
    
Honorable Mention   
PlayerSchoolPos.Year
Christina CorneliusHarvardMBFR
Janelle JenkinsLouisvilleOHJR
Milica KuburaFlorida StateOHSO
Jocelyn KuilanTowsonRSFR
Kristyna LindovskaAmericanRSSR
Demi MusesNew HampshireMBJR
    
Freshman of the Year: Jaali Winters, Creighton, OH  
Coach of the Year: 
Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Creighton
  
    
* Denotes total number of years selected AVCA Division I All-Region