Zapryanova Unanimous All-BIG EAST Pick in Volleyball Preseason Voting
Aug 26, 2013
NEW YORK - Senior outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova was voted a unanimous preseason all-conference selection as the DePaul volleyball team was picked eighth in a vote by the conference's coaches on Monday, August 26.
Zapryanova, a Second Team All-BIG EAST honoree in 2012, becomes the program's first preseason all-conference selection since joining the league in 2005.
The outside hitter was nominated to three all-tournament teams last fall and was a big reason for the Blue Demons' vast improvement. Zapryanova also received BIG EAST weekly honors on September 17 and November 12, becoming the first volleyball student-athlete to garner the award since Sarah Cullen in 2008.
For the season, Zapryanova led the Blue Demons in kills (350), kills per set (3.24), service aces (30), total attempts (1,013) and points (405.5). She played in 108 sets while also ranking third on the team in digs (265).
The Blue Demons finished the 2012 season 4-4 in their final eight matches and set a program record with five BIG EAST victories. The team also reached double-digits in the win column for the first time since 2004. Selected to finish eighth overall in the reconfigured conference, the Blue Demons will look to surprise behind a strong six-member senior class and a group of battle-tested sophomores.
Creighton, coming off a 29-4 season and MVC championship in 2012, has been selected as the preseason favorite to capture the BIG EAST regular season title.
DePaul begins its season with a home tournament, the annual DePaul Invitational, hosting Providence at 7:00 p.m. on Aug. 30.
2013 BIG EAST Women's Volleyball Preseason Coaches' Poll
1. Creighton (7) -- 63
2. Marquette (2) -- 57
3. Xavier -- 50
4. Seton Hall -- 38
5. St. John's -- 36
6. Butler -- 26
7. Villanova -- 25
8. DePaul -- 16
9. Georgetown -- 13
BIG EAST Preseason Players of the Year
Kelli Browning, Creighton
Erica Stahl, MB, Jr., Butler
*denotes unanimous selection
Note: Players were chosen regardless of position.