Former Lakota East Volleyball Standout Picked for USA Collegiate Team

05/03/2017

Ashley Evans can add one more accolade to her outstanding volleyball career.  She has recently been named to the USA Collegiate National Team.  Evans is a setter for Purdue University and was a 2013 graduate of Lakota East High School.  She will train and compete with 36 other college standouts from around the country. 

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(USA Volleyball)

Ashley was an outstanding high school player and was the GMC Player of the Year for the 2012 season.  Along with many other awards, she was named an Academic All-American for the second straight year in December of 2016.  

The redshirt junior guided the Boilermakers to a 19-14 mark in 2016, including an NCAA Second Round appearance. She helped the team to a hitting percentage of .250 or better in 19 matches, including .300 or better 12 times and .500 or better once. The Liberty Township, Ohio, native set Purdue to a .517 clip against Indiana on Sept. 24, marking the fifth better hitting percentage in program lore and the second best in the rally scoring era. Evans also guided the team to a program NCAA record mark of .454 against Iowa State in the first round Dec. 1. She dished out 10.88 assists per set, ranking 38th nationally and fifth in the Big Ten, while also adding 2.07 digs per set and a team-best 29 aces. The redshirt junior led the Boilermakers in blocks three times and in digs twice.

The two-time Academic All-District and three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection is one of just six setters in Purdue history with 2,000 career assists and 750 digs. All told, Evans boasts 2,781 assists and 823 digs, including 39 double-digit dig efforts.

CONGRATULATIONS ASHLEY! 

(Content and photo, compliments of Lakota East Sports Information Director, Dan Hilen)