Nov. 30, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. - Two Seminoles were honored with All-ACC selections announced by the Atlantic Coast Conference on November 27. Junior Mira Djuric was named to the first team, while senior Makini Thompson earned second team accolades.
In Djuric's first season as a Seminole, she led not only her team but the conference as well with her 83 service aces. That total propelled her to No. 2 in the all-time season service aces records at Florida State. The Belgrade, Serbia, native also ranked in the top ten in the ACC for kills and points at seventh and fourth, respectively. Djuric ended the season with 554.5 points, and average of 4.91 per game, and 438 kills (a 3.88 average) in 113 games.
"I think it is great for both Mira and Makini to make All-ACC," head coach Todd Kress said. "Mira had a tremendous year and I thought there were some matches where she carried us both offensively and with her jump serve. If you were to ask Mira, I'm sure she would probably say that she thought she was too high error in some of the matches. But she was still the foundation and backbone to the team in a lot of big wins."
Thompson, a second-team All-ACC honoree and senior on the Seminole team, was a first-team selection last season. Team captain this season, Thompson played through injury to end the season with 361 kills, .233 hitting percentage and 395 points. She closes out her collegiate career with 1,264 kills and 1,397 points, both just shy of making the FSU record books.
"Makini getting back onto the All-ACC team this year is a huge tribute to her," Kress said. "She has played through a lot of pain this year. No one in our conference quite realizes the sacrifices she made to go out and play. She came back for her fifth year and played through the pain for her teammates. We would have loved to see her make the first team, but I think it was a great tribute to her to get back on the All-ACC team with all the things she played through this year."
This year is the first since 2000 that Florida State had two first or second All-ACC team winners. In 2006, Brianna Barry made the ACC All-Freshman team but Thompson was the only Seminole to earn first team All-ACC honors.