Tulane Wins Second Straight Allstate Sugar Bowl Volleyball Title
NEW ORLEANS (September 15, 2018) – Tulane posted an intense five-set victory over Clemson on Saturday afternoon to cap a perfect 3-0 weekend and earn the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic championship title for the second year in a row. This year marked the 17th year of the tournament.
Green Wave sophomore outside hitter Lexie Douglas was named Tournament Most Valuable Player, recording 15 kills and a .387 attack percentage against Clemson while totaling 40 kills in three matches this weekend. Junior libero Kaylie McHugh earned Defensive Most Valuable Player honors, tallying 66 digs against the three opponents, with a current season total of 239.
“I’m so proud of all of our coaches and players. We didn’t play our best this weekend but we showed a lot of toughness and great teamwork to win the tournament against three outstanding teams,” head coach Jim Barnes said.
Sophomore right side hitter Kristen Thompson and sophomore setter Jenna Ibieta both earned spots on the All-Tournament team for their performances against Little Rock, Villanova and Clemson. Thompson marked 26 kills in the weekend tournament, averaging a .384 hitting percentage in the three matches, despite leaving the final match early due to an injury. Ibieta finished the collegiate classic with 77 assists and 24 digs, hitting her first double-double of the season against Villanova on Friday night.
Clemson was represented on the all-tournament team by sophomore outside hitter Alyssa Deloney and sophomore Brooke Bailey. For the weekend, Deloney averaged 3.17 kills per set and 0.67 blocks per set, while registering a team-best .429 hitting percentage. Bailey averaged 3.25 kills per set, while hitting .245 during the Tigers’ three-match weekend.
Junior libero Regan Lough from Villanova and junior middle hitter Carol Barbosa from Little Rock rounded out the all-tournament team.
Clemson def. Villanova, 3-1
Tulane def. Little Rock, 3-2
Clemson def. Little Rock, 3-0
Tulane def. Villanova, 3-1
Little Rock def. Villanova, 3-1
Tulane def. Clemson, 3-2
In addition to the Collegiate Volleyball Classic, the Sugar Bowl will sponsor events in baseball, basketball, bowling, cross country, football, golf, lacrosse, regatta (sailing), road racing, soccer, swimming, tennis and track and field, as well as the full slate of state championships for the Louisiana High School Athletic Association. The organization also sponsors a pair of national awards, the Manning Award for the top collegiate quarterback in the country and the Eddie Robinson Award for the nation’s top collegiate coach. Other events during the year include the Allstate Sugar Bowl New Year’s Eve Parade, the Allstate Sugar Bowl Fan Jam pre-game party and the sponsorship of the local chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.
All of the bowl’s activities for 2018-19 are expected to generate over $200 million in economic impact for the local and regional economy. Last year’s Sugar Bowl activities brought a $328.13 million-dollar boost to New Orleans and Louisiana. Over the past decade, the Bowl has infused over $2.5 billion into the region.
The Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, awards and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year.
The Allstate Sugar Bowl has established itself as one of the premier college football bowl games, having hosted 28 national champions, 93 Hall of Fame players, 49 Hall of Fame coaches and 18 Heisman Trophy winners in its 84-year history. The 85th Allstate Sugar Bowl Football Classic, featuring top teams from the Big 12 and the SEC, will be played on January 1, 2019. In addition to football, the Sugar Bowl Committee annually invests over $1.6 million into the community through the hosting and sponsorship of sporting events, scholarships and clinics. Through these efforts, the organization supports and honors nearly 100,000 student-athletes each year and has injected over $2.5 billion into the local economy over the last decade.