Former Purdue setter Ashley Evans has signed her first professional contract to play overseas in Spain for Voleibol Logroño. Evans, who redshirted her freshman year, was a four-year starter for Purdue. As a freshman, she played primarily as an opposite and defensive specialist, averaging 1.19 kills/set while starting all 32 matches, but as a sophomore shifted to her natural position of setter.
Liberty ➡️ Lakota ➡️ Lafayette ? Logroño, España ?? ?
Excited to announce that I have signed with @VoleibolLogrono for my first pro- volleyball season. Thank you to everyone who has helped me reach this point in my career! #Spain #newchapter pic.twitter.com/RRbOfePPOU
— Ashley Evans (@ashley_evans5) May 25, 2018
In that sophomore year, she posted 16 double-doubles, ranked 2nd on the team in digs (2.39/set), and ranked 29th in the nation with 11.06 assists-per-set.
As a senior, she set Purdue to a .301 hitting percentage, which ranked the Boilermakers 9th nationally and 2nd in the Big Ten behind only Penn State.
Purdue’s hitting percentage during Evans’ career:
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Off the court, Evans is a winner of the prestigious Big Ten Medal of Honor, that recognizes one male and one female student-athlete from each of the conferences member universities who has achieved the highest level of success in academics and athletics. She also spent last summer as an undergraduate research assistant in Purdue’s Human Injury Research and Regenerative Technologies lab. She has a 3.88 GPA majoring in Mechanical Engineering.
Logroño were the 2017-2018 Spanish Super League Champions, winning all 22 of their games, including 17 sweeps. They then won a best-of-5 series over Facades Dimurol Libby in 3 matches (3-1, 3-0, 3-1).
Evans is the 2nd Purdue graduate to sign her first pro contract this week. Azariah Stahl signed earlier this week to play in Switzerland. That makes 4 Boilermakers currently playing professionally, along with U.S. National Teamer Annie Drews, and Wroclaw (Poland) setter Val Nichol.
Who’s booking plane tickets to Spain to see @ashley_evans5 play?! ?♀️?♂️ #RiseHigher #BoilerUp pic.twitter.com/g3HUCvTNaq
— Purdue Volleyball (@PurdueVB) May 26, 2018