Over 2,000 student-athletes across 22 sports honored for academic success
DePaul looks to build on winningest season since 2001, will face five NCAA Tournament teams
Blue Demons honored for a 3.0 GPA or higher in 2012-13 academic year
Five DePaul student-athletes receive multiple awards for 2012-13 season
Junior transfer caps prolific first season in Lincoln Park by becoming DePaul's first-ever All-BIG EAST volleyball selection
2013 (Senior): Appeared in 30 matches with 28 starts... led DePaul in kills (360), kills per set (3.30), aces (34), aces per set (.31), attempts (1,056), points (423.5) and points per set (3.89)... ranked second on the team with 267 digs and fourth with 47 blocks... selected preseason All-BIG EAST, marking the first time a DePaul player had received the honor since the Blue Demons joined the conference in 2005... named BIG EAST Player of the Week on Sept. 9... named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice (9/2, 9/30)... named MVP of the Drake Invitational on Sept. 7... ranked first on the team with 10 double-doubles... led team in kills in 14 matches... ranked seventh in the BIG EAST with 3.25 kills per set... ranked sixth in the BIG EAST with 0.30 aces per set and 3.82 points per set... recorded a career-best .652 (17-2-23) hitting percentage versus Eastern Illinois... five aces against Green Bay on Oct. 15 were the most by a Blue Demon in a match since 2009... 22 kills at UIC were the most by any BIG EAST player in a three-setter during the 2013 season... career-high 26 digs at Drake on Sept. 6... career-high three block solos at Seton Hall on Nov. 17...
2012 (Junior): Appeared in 28 matches with 27 starts on the outside in a landmark first year in Lincoln Park... received All-BIG EAST Second Team honors, becoming the first DePaul volleyball student-athlete to receive the award in the BIG EAST... named to BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll twice (September 17 and November 12), becoming the first DePaul volleyball student-athlete to achieve the recognition since Sarah Cullen on October 13, 2008... named to All-Tournament Teams at the First State Skyhawk Invitational, Chicago Classic and Loyola Rambler Challenge... for the season, Zapryanova led DePaul in kills (350), kills per set (3.24), service aces (30), total attempts (1,013) and points (405.5)... she played in 108 of 109 sets while ranking third on the team in digs... posted the most kills in a match by a Blue Demon in 2012 with 22 against South Florida on Oct. 26... paced the team with eight double-double performances...
2011 (RS Sophomore at Auburn): Played in 29 of 30 matches, making 18 starts ... Competed in 90 sets on the year ... Tied for fourth on the team with 130 kills ... Recorded 10 digs and three blocks vs. North Carolina (8/26) ... Had eight kills, nine digs and .353 hitting percentage in win over Boston College (8/27) ... Named to Active Ankle Challenge All-Tournament Team ... Eight kills on 20 attacks vs. Alabama A&M (8/30) ... First career double-double vs. Austin Peay (9/3) with 12 kills and 13 digs - both career-highs ... Also hit .455 in APSU match ... Led team with eight digs vs. Oklahoma ... Posted 11 kills on 22 attacks with just one error (.455) in win over Alabama (9/23) ... Matched career-high with 12 kills vs. Kentucky (10/23).
2010 (RS Freshman at Auburn): Played in 17 matches and 38 sets as a redshirt freshman ... First collegiate match came against LSU (Sept. 17) ... Earned one start against Ole Miss (Nov. 14) ... Had two service aces and three attacks in three-set win over Alabama (Oct. 3) ... Recorded a career-best nine digs at Kentucky (Oct. 31) ... Had a season-best three kills on eight attempts in the three-set win over South Carolina (Nov. 5) ... Had six digs in NCAA Second Round match at Nebraska (Dec. 3).
2009 (Freshman at Auburn): Earned a redshirt.
High School: Member of the six-time national high school championship team Victor Hugo ... Named Most Valuable Player during the 2006 national championship tournament ... Played for the "Zvezdi 94" club team that won the 2006 national title ... Team took third at the national meet from 2007-2009.
Personal: Full Name is Vesela Minkova Zapryanova ... Daughter of Simona and Minko ... Both her parents played sports in college ... has a nine-year-old sister.
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