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College: Five Players To Watch This Weekend

Setter Wilma Rivera and her Louisville teammates have a big weekend ahead in the ACC.

(Courtesy of Louisville Athletics)

PrepVolleyball.com’s Five Players To Watch This Weekend:

— Wilma Rivera, Louisville, Jr, S

Rivera has been responsible for Louisville’s resurgence this season as much as anyone. She has the Cardinals’ attack clicking and spreads it around. The Cardinals started the week one game out of first place and with road contests against Miami and Florida State, it’s key for Rivera to keep doing her thing for Louisville to remain in contention. She’s averaging 10.63 assists and 2.86 digs per set.

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— Stephanie Williams, Pitt, Soph, OH

With NC State losing to North Carolina, Pitt is temporarily all alone in first place and the lone undefeated team remaining in the ACC. A huge challenge awaits this weekend, with Pitt hosting both North Carolina and NC State. One player to keep an eye on is Williams, who is currently second on the team with 209 kills, averaging 3.27 per set. She also has 148 digs (2.31 per set).

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— Tionna Williams, Wisconsin, Jr, MB

Wisconsin already downed Maryland this week, but the huge showdown with Minnesota is looming Saturday. Williams has been on a steady roll of late. She recorded 9 kills and hit .667 against Indiana. She had 10 kills and hit .318 in the upset of Nebraska. And she put down 8 swings and hit .545 against the Terps. She’s need to keep it up if the Badgers are to take down the Gophers this weekend.

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— Milica Kubura, Florida State, Sr, OH

The Seminoles shot at getting back in the conference race might hinge on this weekend. First up is Notre Dame, which defeated FSU already this season. The Seminoles also host Louisville, which swept FSU in the first meeting. At 5-3, FSU can’t afford anymore losses. To take care of business this weekend, FSU needs strong play from Kubura, who leads the team with 232 kills. She combined for 30 winners in a pair of victories over Wake Forest and Duke.

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— Brittany Abercrombie, USC, Sr, RS

For everything that’s already happened in the Pac-12, USC is two games out of first place and in third. It’s a critical weekend in that sense, as the Trojans visit Colorado and Utah. Abercrombie is coming off a strong week. She totaled 28 kills in splitting a pair of matches with Stanford and Cal. She hit above .300 both times. It’ll take a similar effort from Abercrombie and company for USC to pull off victories in both outings this weekend.

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