DePaul Volleyball Hosts First BIG EAST Weekend
Sept. 28, 2012
*denotes record as of September 28
CHICAGO - DePaul volleyball welcomes conference rivals Syracuse and Marquette this weekend, as the Blue Demons look to snap a four-match losing streak at McGrath-Phillips Arena.
The Blue Demons meet Syracuse on Saturday, September 29 at 2:00 p.m. and will host Marquette - a 2011 NCAA Tournament team -on Sunday, Sept. 30 at 2:00 p.m.
0-2 in the BIG EAST, DePaul will have home court advantage as it looks for its first conference win of the year. The Blue Demons enter the weekend 5-10 overall with a 1-3 mark at home, but are just two wins away from matching their entire 2011 win total. That trend of overall improvement has carried over to BIG EAST play under third-year head coach Nadia Edwards (one win in 2010, three wins in 2011).
Scouting the Orange
Led offensively by Silvi Uattara, who has 168 kills, the Orange have four offensive options with 120+ kills this fall. Emily Betteridge runs the offense and has 415 assists on the season. Defensively, Melina Violas leads the team with 160 digs.
Syracuse leads the all-time series with DePaul, 7-2.
Scouting the Golden Eagles
Marquette has four offensive options with 119+ kills, and Lindsey Gosh leads the attack with 149. Gosh also has a dangerous serve with 26 aces on the season. Elizabeth Koberstein directs the offense and has 524 assists. Julie Jeziorowski leads the defense with 236 digs.
As a team, Marquette leads the BIG EAST in kills per set (14.09), hitting percentage (.256) and assists per set (12.98).
DePaul leads the series with Marquette, 28-21.
Team & Individual Career Nights
Senior Rachel Aumann stood out from the pack, recording a career-high 20 kills which toppled her previous mark of 17 - set against St. John's back on Oct. 31, 2010.
Over the past two weekends, setters Laura Witt and Aubree Hord have both posted the first assist-dig double-doubles of their Blue Demon careers. For the season, Witt has posted four. Hord picked up her first career double-double (14 assists, 11 digs) at No. 10 Louisville on Friday, Sept. 21.
In the Demons' 15 matches, DePaul has gathered 14 double-doubles total and has at least one in 11 competitions -- including each of the past four.
By comparison, in 2011, the Blue Demons recorded six double-doubles all season. Then-senior Lauren Blasi led the Blue Demons with two kill-dig double-doubles (setter Katie Gamsky had four assist-dig double-doubles).
At the two-day tourney, Zapryanova led the Blue Demons to a pair of sweeps and paced the offense with 3.70 kills per set. It was the first BIG EAST weekly award for DePaul volleyball since Sarah Cullen was selected to the honor roll on October 13, 2008.
She leads the team in kills (185), kills per set (3.14) and total attempts (566). The Sofia, Bulgaria-native also ranks second on the team in aces (14) and is second in digs (141).
Zapryanova was named to All-Tournament teams over three straight weekends from Aug. 31-Sept. 15 (First State Skyhawk Invitational, Chicago Classic, Loyola Rambler Challenge).