Zapryanova Named Program's First-Ever BIG EAST Player of the Week
Sept. 9, 2013
NEW YORK - Amidst a torrid start, Vesela Zapryanova continued to help DePaul volleyball make program history on Monday as the senior outside hitter was named BIG EAST Player of the Week.
For the Blue Demons, it was the first time a student-athlete had been selected for the award since joining the BIG EAST in 2005. Charla Drabant, a Freshman of the Week selection in 2007, was the only other DePaul student-athlete to be awarded a BIG EAST weekly honor.
Zapryanova, who had been named to the BIG EAST weekly honor roll three times in her career, had a banner weekend after leading DePaul to the Drake Invitational championship and accruing MVP honors.
The Sofia, Bulgaria-native hit .652 with a season-best 17 kills in the championship match against Eastern Illinois. The attack percentage was the highest for DePaul since 2008. In the weekend's opening contest against Drake, Zapryanova's defensive prowess was on display as she posted a career-high 26 digs.
A preseason All-BIG EAST selection, Zapryanova led the team with 40 kills over the weekend and was second in digs with 39. She is currently fourth in the conference in kills (3.48 per set) and seventh in attack percentage (.343).
Zapryanova has also been a big part of the team's undefeated start, as the Blue Demons are 6-0 for the first time since 2001.
The Blue Demons are back in action next weekend, Sept. 13-14, at The Citadel Tournament. DePaul opens up the weekend with a Friday match at 11:00 a.m. CT against Charleston Southern.