Ashley Evans: Engineering and Volleyball Powerhouse

[MUSIC PLAYING] Evans looking for her own attack. Ashley Evans puts the word to good use. A block for the Boilers. Growing up, I loved math and science. So I knew I wanted to kind of go into the engineering field. And that was the first thing for me in terms of looking at schools. Purdue, I visited. And when I met the coaching staff and the girls and the team, I was sold right away. So engineering on top of a top school, a top volleyball program in the nation, I couldn’t pass it up. It was, I think, really humbling just to realize that everyone around you is so good. And really, that’s the only way you’re going to get better is by playing with people that are as good or probably even better than you. Stepping on the court for the first time after redshirting, I had an idea of what to expect, but nothing and no one can really prepare you for just the experience and the fans in Holloway, Belin Court.

It’s incredible. They bring so much energy and they are just our support system. We wouldn’t be the team we are without them. Coming in, I either wanted to go into mechanical or biomedical. I decided to go the ME route, definitely, in terms of flexibility and more a variety of options after. One thing about engineering, too, in particular, you learn your strengths and your weaknesses by taking classes you like and you don’t like. And you really won’t know if you like something until you take it and try it out. And if you don’t like it, then hey, you found something out about yourself.

I can’t tell you how many hours we spent right here working right after practice. We still have workouts everyday and spend the same amount of time in the gym and in the training room. And so with a heavier workload, it’s more intense for me in the Spring. Ashley is one of the hardest working people that I’ve ever met. The hardest working person I’ve ever met. The hardest working, most committed people I’ve ever known. Workhorse. She works so hard, in practice and everything. Her academic side is just so big in her life. And seeing her being able to set that down, pick up a volleyball, and work so hard every day, that amazes me. Being a woman in engineering, it’s a great field to go into. It gives us options. And yes, we are a minority. But I think we’re a strong minority that’s continually increasing. Hopefully, guys don’t give you much crap. No, because we’ll give it right back to them. What the future holds– I either want to end up in industry right after I graduate, or I have aspirations to play professionally, maybe for a year.

That’s definitely a goal of mine. Having your priorities straight and doing what you love– I wouldn’t trade this for anything. And I love being challenged every day from an academic standpoint. And you obviously get that in being in such a strenuous major. And then being able to stay in shape, being in the best shape of your life and play with girls you love and play a sport you love, it seems like a hard thing to do, and it is in many circumstances, but at the same time, it’s actually easy because it’s two things that I really enjoy.


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