DePaul Downs Georgia State, 3-0, for 11th Straight Win
Sept. 21, 2013
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. – Vesela Zapryanova recorded her second double-double of the weekend as the DePaul volleyball team swept Georgia State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-20), on Saturday at the SIUE Cougar Invitational inside the Vadalabene Center.
After setting a program record for consecutive wins to start a season last night, the Blue Demons kept rolling in their first match of the day. DePaul improves to 11-0 overall with its seventh sweep of the year, while pushing its total win streak to 13 – only three wins from the all-time program record set in 1978. Georgia State falls to 5-8 with the loss.
Zapryanova, who recorded her sixth double-double of the season, led all players with 18 kills on an efficient .350 attack percentage (18-4-40) and added 11 digs in a standout performance. Sophomore right side Abbie Fleener continued her productive weekend as well with 11 kills on a .333 attack percentage (11-2-27).
On the defensive side, sophomore Tyler Graham contributed a season-high 21 digs – just one short of her career-high – as DePaul won the battle at the net, 7-2.
In set one, the Blue Demon offense hummed along at a .395 clip as Zapryanova provided nine kills. Tied early, at 4-4, DePaul went on a 9-2 run, punctuated by a Natalie Rizzo block, to force a GSU timeout. Later on, leading 21-13, Zapryanova took over with three of the Blue Demons’ last four kills to clinch the 25-13 set win.
In set two, DePaul’s efficiency slipped to .000 as Fleener led the team with four kills. The Blue Demons still managed to pull out a close win, 25-21, by holding the Panthers to a -.081 hitting percentage. The set was tied as late as 20-20 before a Callie Huebener kill and block assist, along with an Allyson Rooks ace, helped force set point. A GSU error then put DePaul up 2-0 heading into intermission.
Zapryanova was dominant again in the matches’ final frame, tallying seven kills on a .385 hitting percentage as the Blue Demons recovered to hit .382 and win the match, 25-20.
Looking to win a fourth tournament championship of the season, DePaul will be back on the court for a 4:30 p.m. CT matchup with Arkansas-Pine Bluff.
Match Notes: The Blue Demons extended their program-best season start to 11 straight wins… With 13 straight victories going back to 2012, DePaul is now three wins away from the 1978 team’s program record (16)… the Blue Demons improve to 2-0 all-time against Georgia State… DePaul swept its seventh opponent of the season, the Blue Demons had seven total sweeps during the 2011 and 2012 seasons combined… the last time the Blue Demons had seven sweeps in a season was in 2004... Zapryanova recorded her sixth double-double of the season and 15th of her career… Graham set a season-high with 21 digs… Rooks tied a season-high with three service aces… DePaul outhit its 13th straight opponent… the Blue Demons held their third opponent to a sub-.100 hitting percentage (.060)…