Nov. 14, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Boilermaker volleyball team has signed one of the nation's best prep players to a National Letter of Intent to play for the team beginning in the fall of 2013. Ashley Evans, a setter from Liberty Township, Ohio, is listed as the No. 21 player on PrepVolleyball.com's list of Senior Aces.
The 6-1 setter is a two-time all-state selection and was named Greater Miami Conference (GMC) Player of the Year for the second straight year after a senior campaign that saw her average 3.81 kills, 3.57 digs and 1.38 assists per set, while also serving up 54 aces for Lakota East High School. Evans led her team to the district and sectional titles and a runner-up finish in the Ohio Southwest Region her final season, while also earning first team all-GMC and first team all-city honors. One of PrepVolleyball's Top 50 junior recruits, she earned first team all-state, all-GMC and all-city accolades as a junior and was part of USA Volleyball's High Performance Junior A2 Team after leading her team to the GMC and sectional titles. A three-time All-Academic GMC honoree, Evans was a member of the USAV U15 National all-tournament team and high performance youth A2 teams as a freshman and garnered the first of three first team All-GMC honors her sophomore year. A four-year member of the high honor roll and a National Honor Society member, Evans was named as a J. Kyle Braid Leadership Foundation Selection. Evans plays club volleyball for the Cincy Classics, while finished fifth in the Junior Olympic U15 national tournament. The daughter of David and Ann Evans plans to major in engineering.
Head coach Dave Shondell said Evans bring both high academics and volleyball skills to Purdue.
"Ashley is the epitome of a great student-athlete," Shondell said. "She is coming in here to study engineering after having done very well at her high school academically. She is a very bold and aggressive leader, which is sometimes hard to find in our sport, and that is one of the things that I really appreciate about her. She has great physicality and is similar to some of the setters we have had in the past like Jaclyn Hart and Renata Dargan. She still has a lot of development ahead of her as a setter since she hasn't been setting for a long time. She is a high character, hardworking and very competitive individual that I think is going to make us a better volleyball team."
Four players from the 2012 roster will be exhausting their eligibility at season's end. The Boilermakers kick off a four-match homestand on Friday, when they take on No. 15 Ohio State on Belin Court. No. 2 Penn State comes to town on Saturday when the teams will face off in Mackey Arena as part of the Operation 14K event.