Times Staff Report
November 15, 2013
MOREHEAD – The Morehead State University volleyball team has signed two athletes for the 2014 roster. Alli Evans and Jessie Wachtman have signed National Letters of Intent to join Head Coach Jaime Gordon’s program.
Evans, a 6-1 outside hitter from Lexington, joins the 6-2 middle blocker Wachtman from Pickerington, Ohio.
“This is an exciting day for Morehead State and our program,” Gordon said. “We are adding two exceptional athletes, students, and individuals of the highest character to our family. Our fans have grown accustomed to a certain level of emotion and performance out on the court, and they are really going to enjoy cheering these two women on.”
Evans prepped at Lexington Christian Academy and helped her team to four All-A Regional Championships. She compiled 1,004 career digs and 923 career kills for Head Coach Teresa Ford.
“Alli is an absolute gem,” Gordon said. “She is an athlete in the competitive sense of the word. She does things that normally require years of training and repetitions to master. She has great instinct on the floor and positions herself in the right place defensively by reading the play and available options of her opponent.
She was named to the All-A All-Tournament Team three times and was twice tabbed all-district. Evans also earned all-city honors twice. She produced 410 kills and 357 digs as a senior this season.
“Her ball control is very natural as well and is just going to continue to get better,” Gordon continued. “She is competitive, flows well on the court, and is a very strong physical attacker. She is also a very positive and high character individual. She makes those around her better and is the kind of person that everyone loves and respects.”
Off the court, Evans was named a Kentucky High School Athletic Association Academic All-American four times. She also gained experience with the Lexington United Volleyball Club.
Wachtman, who went to Pickerington North High School, compiled more than 500 kills in just three seasons for Head Coach Kari Lennon. She also notched 86.5 total blocks as a senior.
“Jessie is an outstanding athlete that prepares, competes, and executes with such passion,” Gordon said. “She will be the fifth player on our roster touching higher than 10 feet, which will add to the physical presence this team has been able to put on the court.”
Wachtman, who was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American Watch List, led her team to three district titles and was named All-OCC as a junior and senior. She earned a Second-Team All-District nod as a junior and garnered a spot on the First-Team All-District squad as a senior.
“She is extremely quick laterally and explodes off the floor,” Gordon added. “More importantly to us, she is an amazing individual. She is such a positive person that brings a big smile to everything she does. The development that we believe she is going to make at the collegiate level will be significant, and Eagle fans are going to have a lot of fun watching such a dynamic individual on the floor.”
She was a member of the Columbus Volleyball Academy and earned a spot on the 18-and-under national team for the organization in 2013. The CVA took second place at the Indianapolis qualifier, earning a bid to the national tournament, and took home a first-place trophy at the OVR Qualifying Tournament.
“I have always believed the quality of a recruiting class is best measured when they are seniors,” Gordon concluded. “This is a tremendous recruiting class for us. I have no doubt that these two are going to have impactful careers at MSU. I also know they will be successful in the classroom and community.”
Morehead State has won 12 Ohio Valley Conference Championships in its history. The Eagles clinched their fourth straight OVC regular season title recently and will host the conference tournament Nov. 21-23.