D1 bound: Volleyball standout, Zoi Evans
Junior Zoi Evans verbally committed to the University of Arkansas.
This past week, Wiregrass varsity middle, junior Zoi Evans, verbally committed to the University of Arkansas.
After visiting many schools and reviewing their volleyball programs, Evans decided that Arkansas would be the best fit for her, and announced her commitment to play D1 Volleyball for the Razorbacks.
“I committed to UArk because I felt like they could help form me into the successful adult I want to be,” Evans explained. “I think that they could really help me grow and help me succeed in a way no other school could.”
The 6’4 middle has been playing Volleyball for five years and has been a starter for the Bulls since her Sophomore year. Evans is known for her kills, achieving 98 just this year. Dominating at the net, Evans has also racked up 54 totals blocks, 43 of which are solos.
Her hard work has not gone unnoticed. Head coach for the Bulls, Robin Holowiak, has seen Evans improve greatly in the time she has been her coach.
“She has a real passion for the sport; I believe that passion drives her success,” Holowiak explained. “Zoi is a great athlete with boundless potential.”
Along with volleyball, Evans is also known for her involvement in other school activities. Evans has been a starting center for the Wiregrass basketball team since her Freshman year and is close to reaching 1,000 career points this upcoming season. Despite her signing to Arkansas, she still plans to play basketball this season.
“Basketball has always been in my family; I grew up with it and have a passion for it,” Evans explained. “There was no question I would continue playing this year.”
Despite a love for basketball, Evans made the decision to commit to volleyball for her college sport.
“I love being able to break barriers in volleyball and proving it is a very physical sport,” Evans said. “I feel like I’m succeeding at something when I’m on the volleyball court.”
Evans is also the president of her class (2021), and is heavily involved in the school’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) club.
The Bulls are currently headed to the Regional Semi-finals where they will face the number one ranked team, Venice. Evans has high hopes for her team in the future.
“I plan to continue to grow and help take this volleyball program to a regional and state championship,” Evans said. “I will keep pushing and work harder than before, because greatness comes from determination and perseverance.”