Evan Moffitt, Gardner-Webb volleyball senior player and 2008 Franklin High School graduate was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Week for her impressive efforts during the matches played the week of Sept. 12-18.
She received the award after securing a record 68 digs and averaging 5.23 digs per set in three matches for the Gardner-Webb Bulldogs over last weekend at the Spartan Classic. Moffitt started the week with an impressive 21 digs against Western Carolina University on Sept. 16 and followed with 29 digs against Big South opponent Charleston Southern on Sept. 17 in non-conference action. Moffitt closed the weekend out with 18 digs in Gardner-Webb’s 3-0 win over Wofford in her second match on Sept. 17.
Moffitt was named to the Spartan Classic All-Tournament Team, perhaps the highlight of the weekend came on Friday night, as the senior recorded her 1,000th career dig. With her 1,000th career dig, Moffitt became only the fourth player in GWU’s Division I history to record 1,000 digs or more in her career.
Moffitt is humbled and thankful for the recognition at the conference level. “I feel very honored and blessed; Honored because there are several defensive players in our conference that are elite in this position and work just as hard, so to be amongst them is a true honor,”she said, “blessed because I would not have accomplished this without help from my coaches, team, and God, who provides all of my abilities.”
Moffitt, a senior at GWU majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics, graduated from Franklin High School in 2008, where she represented Panthers athletics as a member of the volleyball and basketball teams all four years, and ran track for two years.
Moffitt’s former high school coach and current FHS volleyball coach, Anna Shields, said it’s no surprise that Moffitt has been recognized as an elite conference player.
“It’s not surprising to me because she is such a solid player, she always has been,” said Shields. “We started her out as a hitter, then she moved to setter and even played defense whenever she was needed. She has been just as versatile in college and has continued to work hard, she is without a doubt one of the best players out there.”
The former Panther attributes much of the success she has had on the collegiate level to the support of the Franklin community and her experiences with Panther athletics.
“I am very grateful for the tremendous opportunities offered at FHS,” Moffitt noted. “The support of the school and the Franklin community was such motivation to our teams. Moreover, the FHS experience was vital to conditioning skill sets and learning to focus on the task at hand, while always understanding it’s all about the team.”
Moffitt has learned a lot since the transition from Panther to Bulldog, but one of the most difficult changes is balancing school with practice. “The greatest challenge I face is time,” she noted. “Having several labs during the week and practice, traveling, games, etc., it is difficult to get everything done in the day. Time management is vital to being a student-athlete at any level, especial collegiately.”
Being a college athlete also has its advantages. According to Moffitt, although traveling with the team places some stress on time management, it also offers the opportunity to explore new places. “My favorite thing about being a college athlete is the opportunity to travel to the many different places we play. I have been blessed to travel all across the U.S., coast to coast,” she said.
Moffitt has plans to attend pharmacy school after she graduates this coming May, but before she become a Bulldog alum, she still has high hopes for her team. “My hope for the team this year would definitely be a conference title,” said Moffitt, “but more than that, I hope we grow and excel more than we have in the past; instilling confidence and allegiance amongst our program that we have not seen before.”
Moffitt is the daughter of David Moffitt and Melanie Moffitt and the granddaughter of Rev. Don and Kathy Moffitt.