Evers Signs Pro Contract to Play in Switzerland
Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
Evers tallied 1,204 kills in her four seasons and is one of just 12 players to post over 1,000 in her CMU career.
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Whitney Evers became the first former Central Michigan volleyball player in program history to sign a professional contract overseas, agreeing to terms with KBS Volley in the Nationilliga League A in Dudingen, Switzerland.

She is just the second player in program history to play professionally. Angie Henderson-Montroy played in the Major Volleyball League with the Chicago Breeze.

Evers became the 12th player in program history to crack 1,000 kills in 2008 and sits eighth in CMU history with 1,204 kills. She’s also the only player in the post-rally scoring era to be among CMU’s top-10 in solo blocks (64, ninth) and is also the only post-rally scoring player in block assists (366, fourth) and total blocks (430, seventh).

In addition, Evers ranks fourth in program history with 132 aces.

“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to not only continue my playing career, but also explore and learn about another culture at the same time,” Evers said.

Evers is one of a four-person senior class that helped rebuild CMU volleyball and return it to the consistent success it experienced during the late 1970s through the mid 1980s.  The 41 wins over Evers’ final two seasons (2007-08) were more than the team had tallied in a two-year stretch since 1984-85 (47) and the 22 wins in 2007 was the first 20-win season since 1985.

“The Chippewa volleyball family is extremely proud of Whitney and her accomplishments,” head coach Erik Olson said. “The next endeavor will be a challenge, but she is ready for it and will do very well. Whitney has a great passion for the game and I’m excited to see how far she can go with it.”

Evers also helped guide the Chippewas to its first postseason win in 25 seasons, beating Toledo in the opening round of the 2007 Mid-American Conference Tournament. It was a long and difficult path for a quartet of seniors that lost 24 matches (3-24) as freshmen before putting together the biggest turnaround in MAC history as sophomores (17-13, +12.5 games).

The Little Chute, Wis. native earned first team All-MAC and Academic All-MAC honors in 2008, finishing with 319 kills, a .258 hitting percentage, 33 aces, 204 digs and 74 blocks and graduated cum laude, posting a 3.50 grade-point average with a integrative public relations major. She is just the third three-time All-MAC honoree in school history (first team in 2008, second team in 2006 and 2007). Evers also earned Academic All-MAC honors her senior season.

“It’s really a great honor to represent CMU, to be just the second professional volleyball player from the program and to have a chance to spread the word about their program in any way I can,” Evers said. “The university and the volleyball program did a lot for me during my four years in Mount Pleasant, so anything I can do to give a little back is very important to me.”

“Whitney is a very good volleyball player with a very diverse skill set,” Olson said. “She is capable of playing as many as three different positions, and has the self motivation and sense of independence required to live overseas and prepare herself for elite competition. She has what it takes to get it done.”

Evers leaves for Switzerland in mid-August, with practices set to start later that month. You can follow Evers here.