TCU Volleyball Adds Seven New Players to Roster – New Head Coach Jason Williams Adds Several New Freshmen and Transfers to Improve Squad


With a new coach comes recruits and transfers. This statement holds true as a TCU volleyball coach, Jason Williams, receives its first signature class. TCU had a pretty good recruiting class in 2022 as they gained seven new Horned Frogs; four are genuine freshmen and the other three are transfers from another university. The Frogs receive highly recruited players with excellent resumes that will have an immediate impact on the team.

New transfer players:

Going from green to purple is Setter Ashlyn Bourland as she transfers from the University of North Texas. Bourland, another Fort Worth native, attended Eaton High School and joined the Frogs after a redshirt season in North Texas. Bourland was both pro on the field and solid in class. For example, she graduated from high school a year early and won some pretty awesome awards like the 2021 C-USA Commissioner Medal of Honor. from Texas 2021 for a 4.0 GPA. She is the eldest daughter of Brad and Erica Bourland and the granddaughter of Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame inductee Mike Bourland, an All-Southwest Conference guard for the Bears from 1963 to 1965.

Defensive Specialist Sabrina Sustala from Cypress Ranch High School in Cypress, Texas is next on our transfer list as she moves up from the SEC conference to the Big 12 conference. Sustala has spent the past three seasons with Texas A&M University, where she has played 150 sets during his time with the Aggies. At Texas A&M, she recorded 259 digs, 69 assists and 10 aces. Sustala ties his career-high last season with 19 digs against Mississippi State as the first of four consecutive 10-plus digs in SEC play. Sustala and the Aggies made it to the NCAA Tournament and made it to the Sweet 16. She’ll be looking to do it again and potentially go even further in her two years of TCU eligibility. She is the daughter of Tommy and Carol Sustala and the younger sister of Brandon.

outside hitter Lyric Stewart, who attended Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield, Texas, decided to return home to her home state after transferring from the University of Georgia to TCU after just one year with the bulldogs. As a true freshman, Stewart played 29 sets, which equates to 58 eliminations and 22 blocks overall. Her best showing was against Pepperdine last season, where she had 15 of .500 kills, hitting with four blocks. In high school, Stewart had great honors and awards attached to her name. Stewart was named Newcomer of the Year as a rookie. She was named team captain as a sophomore and earned first-team all-district honors. She repeated her great accomplishments as a junior while earning District, All-Area, All-Region, All-State Player of the Year honors and first-team academy awards over three seasons. . Stewart played her club career with Texas Advantage Volleyball, the No. 1 ranked club team in the nation, where she won a silver medal in 2018 at the USAV Junior Nationals.

Freshman recruits:

Defensive Specialist Riley Weigelt comes straight from Vandegrift High School in Austin, Texas. Weigelt had a terrific high school career. She posted a TGCA All-State performance in her senior season. She was named the 2nd team of all districts and was the DS/L representative of the team of all regions. Weigelt helped Vandegrift High School qualify for the district championship in its second and third seasons while excelling in class. She has been recognized for AP Academic Scholar, National Honor Society, and Science National Honor Society. Weigelt is the daughter of Wayne and Tiffany Weigelt and the older sister of Tripp.

The next player is an outside hitter from Brandeis High School in San Antonio, Texas, and is ranked 68th in her class; Her name is Jalyn Gibson. Gibson led his high school team to their first-ever Class 6A state championship, earning himself the title of tournament MVP. But, it does not stop there with its awards and accolades. Gibson has also won State MVP, District 28-6A MVP, TGCA All-State, TGCA Player of the Year, AVCA Under Armor 1st team All-American, AVCA all-region, and Texas Sports Writer’s Player of the Year. Additionally, she had an impressive senior season with the whole country watching; she recorded 641 kills, 737 digs, 44 aces, and 64 blocks as Brandeis High School went 47-2 and finished number 3 in the nation. His high school career ended with 1,950 kills and 2,152 searches. She is the daughter of Jabari Gibson and Keri Hall and the younger sister of Gavin. She joins her high school teammate Carlee Pharris on the list of horned frogs.

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Defensive Specialist Gabrielle Maas is from Cherokee Trail High School in Aurora, Colorado. Maas had a pretty stellar career in high school. During her senior season, she led her conference in digs with 471. Maas served as team captain as well as All-Conference 1st Team honor and received an invitation to the Coaches All-State Game. of Colorado 5A, All-State Honorable Mention winner. Maas’s leadership and discipline continued in the classroom, where she earned two-time All-State academic recognition. She is the daughter of Dustin and Jana Maas and older sister of Jack.

The player ranked number 66 in the recruiting class of 2022 is Sarah Sylvester. She is an intermediate blocker from Marian High School in Livonia, Michigan. She’s a two-time state champion, and that might explain why she was able to help her team accomplish this. She was named AVCA second-team All-American, All-State first-team, and Michigan Miss Volleyball runner-up after recording 247 kills and 95 blocks on .435 hits during her high school season. She is the daughter of Robert and Marie Sylvester and the younger sister of Thomas, a baseball player at Kalamazoo College. Sylvester was also a high school basketball player, earning back-to-back All Catholic High School league honors on the hardwood.

Coach Williams said of this signing class: “I am beyond thrilled to announce this amazing 2022 signing class,” said Coach Williams. “In addition to bringing experienced transfers, we have a group of freshmen who have had tremendous success at the high school and club level, which includes Texas State Champions and Junior National Champions from This class will help set the stage for what TCU Volleyball will look like in the future, and I think everyone who got to know them and their level of commitment is super excited and excited about our coming.

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