Three Boilermakers received the highest honors today when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced their All-American honorees. Eva Hudson was selected Second-Team All-American, Chloe Chicoine was named Third-Team All-American and Raven Colvin received Honorable Mention. This is only the second time in school history that three players had been named to the All-American team and first time in program history that two underclassmen did it.
Eva Hudson took big strides this season and was Purdue’s most dominate attacker. She averaged nearly 4.5 kills per set and led the Big Ten with 560 kills. She had a career night against #3 Wisconsin joining the elite-30 club when she posted 30 kills propelling Purdue to the upset.
She also had a career-high hitting % of .556 against Fairfield in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. She is the fastest Boilermaker in history to reach 1,000 kills after her stellar season. She’s only a sophomore, but Eva led by example as the team fed her the ball in crucial moments and attacked from the back row.
Chloe Chicoine may have been a freshman this year but she never really played like it; fearless with the ball and attacked against blockers who were normally taller than her. Chicoine was recognized multiple weeks as Big Ten Freshman of the Week and joins Hudson and alum Debbie McDonald as the only freshman to have over 3 kills per set.
She has also been named AVCA Northwest Region Freshman of the Year, First Team All-Big Ten and a unanimous All-Freshman team. It’s hard to follow Eva Hudson, but Chicoine proved to be just as lethal at the net. She had a career-high 27 kills against ranked Penn State and 23 digs against #3 Wisconsin.
Raven Colvin was a defensive menace for hitters all season. She had 167 blocks ranking 5th in the nation and ends her junior season tied for second in program history with 1.34 blocks per set. She posted 6 or more blocks in 15 matches this seasons and had at least 10+ kills in 10 matches.
Colvin has another season with Purdue next year and has a chance to leave as the best blocker in history for the Boilermakers.
Purdue finished third in the Big Ten and got swept by Oregon in the Sweet 16 during tournament play. The terrific trio all return next year with another year of experience and a lot more to prove.