Linda Evans established herself as one of the greatest volleyball players in school history during her time at Iowa State from 1984-87. Evans, who held virtually every school record when she graduated, is one of only five players in ISU history named first-team all-conference twice.
Evans was a four-sport standout at Iowa Falls High School, earning all-conference honors in volleyball, softball, track and field and basketball.
She started her ISU career at middle blocker as a freshman (1984), earning second-team all-Big Eight honors after breaking the school record for block solos with 44.
After another solid season as a sophomore, ISU head coach Vicki Mealer decided to switch Evans to outside hitter to give her more opportunities on offense. Evans thrived in her new role, earning first-team all-Big Eight honors in 1986. She set ISU single-match records in digs (36) and kills (35). Her 35 kills against Kansas destroyed the old mark of 24 and still ranks second in the ISU record book. She competed at the 1986 U.S. Olympic Festival in Houston in the summer prior to her senior season.
Evans’ final season (1987) went down as one of the best in school history. Her 429 kills, 437 digs and 63 service aces set single-season marks, as Evans led the Cyclones to their best record in the Big Eight at 8-4. She was named First-Team All-Big Eight for the second consecutive season and was honored as an All-Midwest Region pick by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA).
Evans ended her tenure as ISU’s career leader in kills (1,235), attacks (3,006), digs (1,143), solo blocks (125) and service aces (198). She still ranks second in service aces, fourth in kills and sixth in digs on ISU’s career charts. Her career .238 hitting percentage also ranks seventh all-time in school history.
Evans, who was a three-time Big Eight All-Tournament selection, was named ISU’s Female Athlete of the Year in 1988.