Sept. 13, 2015
Nicholls State Final Stats
// Tulane Final Stats
NEW ORLEANS, La. - Two sweeps on Saturday wrapped up the final day of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic for the TCU volleyball team, as the Horned Frogs defeated Nicholls State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-14, 25-16), and Tulane, 3-0 (28-26, 25-17, 25-14), inside the Devlin Fieldhouse in New Orleans, La.
A balanced offensive attack helped the Horned Frogs (8-1) finish out the tournament undefeated, with Blaire Pickens claiming MVP honors for the first time in her career and Regan McGuire also getting a spot on the all-tournament team.
TCU opened the day by totaling a season-high 14.5 blocks in the victory over the Colonels (3-6), before closing out the tournament by hitting .352 and recording seven blocks in the win over the Green Waves (3-5).
Pickens finished the weekend with team-high 25 kills, 2.78 kills per set to go along with a staggering .512 hitting clip. McGuire totaled 19 kills and continued her hot blocking streak with 18 total and 2.00 blocks per set. Senior libero Sutton Sunstrum reached a milestone in her career when she recorded her 1,000 dig in the match against Tulane to become the 10th player in TCU volleyball history to accomplish the feat.
Stat of the Match
8 - The number of victories and sweeps TCU has picked up this season.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"After our performance yesterday evening, we went back to the hotel and watched a lot of video with the team of that match and I thought we had a lot we could learn from it in the way that we played the game. So coming into today, I felt like our players were really on a mission and we just made sure that we made it all about us and not so much about winning and losing, but just us getting better and performing the best we can every point and moving onto the next ball after an error whether forced or unforced. That is what I am most proud of them today is that they really did a good job with that. It was nice to see them turn that around."
-TCU and Nicholls State faced off for the second time in program history, with the Frogs taking a 2-0 advantage in the series with the victory
-The Frogs evened up the series record against Tulane at 3-3 with the win, as TCU won its first match against the Green Waves in New Orleans
-TCU now has a 3-0 record on the season against teams on a neutral site and a 2-1 record in away matches
-Blaire Pickens was named to her first all-tournament team in her career and earned her first-ever MVP honors
-Regan McGuire was named to an all-tournament team for the third time in her career and second time this season
-Sutton Sunstrum became the 10th player in TCU volleyball history to total 1,000 digs in her career
-Sunstrum now has 1,009 digs in her career, which places her at No. 9 in the TCU career record book -In the match against Tulane, TCU had three players total 10+ kills for only the second time this season
-Ashley Smith led TCU with a season-high 12 kills and 14 digs against Tulane for her second double-double of the season and 15th of her career
-Smith also record a career-high .450 hitting clip in the match against the Green Waves
-The 14.5 blocks against Nicholls State marked the fifth time TCU has totaled 10+ blocks in a match this season
-Jillian Bergeson hit a season-high .391 hitting percentage against Tulane
-Alexia Heist dished out a season-high 27 assists against the Green Waves
-Sarita Mikals dug up a season-high 10 digs in Saturday night's match for her first double-digit dig match this season
TCU be on the road for the third straight weekend, but will not travel far as the team heads to Dallas for the SMU Doubletree Invitational from Sept. 18-19. Besides playing tournament host SMU, the Frogs will also face UTSA and Clemson.