Local Products Help Howard to Allstate Sugar Bowl Volleyball Title park
Howard University, from Washington, D.C., may have traveled over 1,000 miles for the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Volleyball Classic, but for three of the Bison players, it was a homecoming. And a successful one at that, as Howard was the only undefeated team in the tourney and captured the championship.
Howard defeated Florida Atlantic and Tulane by 3-2 scores in Friday action, then topped Southeastern Louisiana, 3-1, on Saturday to clinch the title.
Thursday, 7 p.m.: Tulane def. Southeastern Louisiana, 3-0
Friday, 10 a.m.: Howard def. Florida Atlantic, 3-2
Friday, 4:30 p.m.: Florida Atlantic def. Southeastern Louisiana, 3-1
Friday, 7 p.m.: Howard def. Tulane, 3-2
Saturday, 10 a.m.: Howard def. Southeastern Louisiana, 3-1
Saturday, 1 p.m.: Florida Atlantic def. Tulane, 3-0
Assata Conway, Howard (MVP)
Katherine Broussard, Howard
Brittany Brown, Florida Atlantic
Rachel Bunn, Southeastern Louisiana
Kristina Rankovic, Florida Atlantic
Anna Wruck, Tulane
The Bison lineup included three sophomores from the Greater New Orleans area – Broussard, a standout outside hitter from Metairie Country Day School, Dominique Cleggart, from Cabrini High School, and Morgan Marlbrough, from Fountainebleau High School. Two of the local products have both been honored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl in the past as Broussard was the Greater New Orleans Female Amateur Athlete of the Year for 2012-13 and Cleggart was the Outstanding Field Performer at the 2013 Allstate Sugar Bowl Track & Field Classic after winning both the long jump and the triple jump.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic was the first collegiate event of the organization's year-long repertoire of events, which will be highlighted by the 81st annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic on Thursday, Jan. 1 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. This year's Sugar Bowl will also serve as one of the first national semifinal games in the College Football Playoff format.
The Sugar Bowl Committee continues to be very active in the New Orleans community by holding fast to its mission of sponsoring and promoting amateur sporting events which foster revenue and spark economic growth for the city and the state. This year the Bowl will support more than 40 events in sports such as volleyball, baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, track and field, soccer and tennis. In addition, the Allstate Sugar Bowl sponsors the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame as well as the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame.