WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
For the third time this season the Big Ten has selected Ashley Evans as its Big Ten Setter of the Week. The honor comes after the redshirt senior led Purdue to its fourth win over a top-10 opponent against No. 10 Michigan State.
With 96 assists between the two contests and a 12 assists per set average, Evans surpassed 4,000 career assists to become the first Boilermaker in program history to register 4,000 assists and 1,000 digs. She's only been a starting setter for Purdue for three years. Her double-double against Michigan State was her 10th of the season.
She complemented her assist numbers with seven kills, a .417 hitting percentage, four service aces, 20 digs to earn a 2.5 digs per set average and five blocks. In the win against Michigan State, Evans set her middles to 33 of Purdue's 51 kills and a .421 hitting percentage as Cuttino and Mohler found the floor on 58-percent of the swings they took.
The win over the Spartans marks the first time in program history the Boilermakers have taken down four top-10 teams in the regular season. Finishing fifth in the Big Ten, Purdue is set for its 12th NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003 when head coach Dave Shondell was hired to lead the Boilermaker volleyball program. The Boilermakers begin the tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, with a 6:30 p.m. ET matchup Thursday, Nov. 30, against High Point.