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Tulane to Host 10th Annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic

Monday, August 29, 2011

The 10th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic, hosted by the Tulane University women's volleyball team, will be played at Fogelman Arena on Sept. 2-3, 2011. In addition to Tulane, the event will feature William & Mary, Southern Illinois and San Diego State. The Green Wave has won three of last four Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classics.

Tickets for the event will be sold on a match-by-match basis and are $6.00 for adults, $5.00 for seniors and $4.00 for children. In addition, fans showing a ticket stub from the Tulane football home opener on Saturday (2:30 p.m. vs. Southeastern Louisiana, Louisiana Superdome) will receive a special $1.00 admission to Saturday evening's Tulane match versus Southern Illinois.

Friday, 4 p.m.: William & Mary vs. Southern Illinois
Friday, 6 p.m.: Tulane vs. San Diego State
Saturday, 10 a.m.: San Diego State vs. William & Mary
Saturday, 12 p.m.: Tulane vs. Southern Illinois

"We are very excited and privileged to team with the Sugar Bowl to host such a wonderful tournament," said Tulane head coach Sinisa Momic. "We are very grateful for the Sugar Bowl's support and efforts to help us put on such a first-class event in New Orleans for most of the last decade and we are hopeful that this relationship can continue to blossom into something special. There is nothing better than to be able to open your home schedule with such a wonderful event and we couldn't do it without them. Tulane and the Sugar Bowl Committee recognize how important our two entities are to this city and this tournament is just another example of our commitment to making New Orleans a truly unique sports town at the college level."

The Allstate Sugar Bowl Volleyball Classic will be the first collegiate event of the organization's year-long repertoire of events, which will be highlighted by a pair of the top college football games of the year in the Louisiana Superdome: the 78th annual Allstate Sugar Bowl Classic on Tuesday, Jan. 3 and the Allstate BCS National Championship game on Monday, Jan. 9. In addition, the bowl is part of the local organizing committee for the 2012 NCAA Men's Final Four, another Superdome event scheduled for March 31 and April 2. Through hosting and sponsorships, the Allstate Sugar Bowl supports and honors over 13,000 student-athletes each year.

"We are pleased to again partner with Tulane to bring this outstanding college volleyball tournament to New Orleans," said Paul Hoolahan, Chief Executive Officer of the Allstate Sugar Bowl. "The school does an excellent job with the event and has helped make this a point of pride among the more than 25 community-related sporting events the Bowl supports each year."

Tulane closed the 2010 season with wins in six of its last seven matches and hopes to carry that momentum into the 2011 campaign, which opened with a pair of wins at the Tiger Invitational in Columbia, Mo., this past weekend. The young Green Wave will feature just one senior and three juniors on its roster and freshman Anna Wruck collected all-tourney honors in her first collegiate tournament.

San Diego State, which returns five starters from last year's team, wrapped up the 2010 campaign with a 16-16 mark, and opened this year with a tournament victory in the Aztec Invitational, led by Mountain West Player of the Week Andrea Hannasch, a junior middle blocker. Southern Illinois posted a 14-14 record last season; the Saluki used four returning starters to take second place at the season-opening Maroon Invitational in Starkville, Miss. - juniors Laura Thole and Bailey Yeager both earned all-tournament recognition. After posting an 11-15 mark last year, William & Mary is showing off its highly-touted recruiting class to look much-improved for 2012. Top freshmen Liz Brown and Monika Stanciauskas have joined sophomore Celine Alasomuka, an All-Rookie selection in the Colonial Athletic Association last year, to give the Tribe a very solid young core.

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 25 events in sports such as volleyball, baseball, basketball, golf, lacrosse, sailing, track and field, soccer and tennis, as well as football.  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.


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