DePaul Volleyball Continues BIG EAST Play Versus St. John's, UConn
Oct. 5, 2012
*denotes record as of October 5
Both matches are scheduled for 2:00 p.m. CT start times. DePaul faces the Red Storm first on Saturday, Oct. 6 before going against the Huskies on Sunday.
The Blue Demons are coming off their first BIG EAST win of the season last weekend, notching a 3-1 defeat of Syracuse behind a career-day from freshman Abbie Fleener. The outside hitter terminated 21 balls on a .450 hitting percentage -- both numbers were career-highs and the kill total was the most by any Blue Demon this season.
As a team, DePaul connected at a .302 clip and hit over .300 against a BIG EAST opponent for the first time since 2008. The team has also gotten at least one double-double performance in five of its past six matches.
Last Time Out
Vesela Zapryanova paced the Blue Demon offense with 12 kills and has now reached double-digit kills in her last three matches. The junior outside hitter hit at a .310 (12-3-29) clip while the Blue Demons finished the match with a combined .220 (39-13-118) attack percentage. Natalie Rizzo and Laura Witt also finished with attack percentages over .300 for the match.
On the defensive end, Allyson Rooks led the Blue Demons for the 11th consecutive match with 14 digs. As DePaul's libero, Rooks has reached double-figure dig totals in her last 13 games straight.
Scouting the Red Storm
Four players have 100+ kills, but sophomore Aleksandra Wachowicz is St. John's main offensive option, leading the offense with 205 kills on 544 swings (.217 %). Freshman libero Shawna Lei-Santos leads the defense with 183 digs, while senior setter Sabina Piegza runs the show with 598 assists.
St. John's holds a 6-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Scouting the Huskies
Sophomore outside Devon Maugle leads UConn with 176 kills and is one of three players with 100+ kills. Senior outside Mattison Quayle has been a reliable counterpart, also putting up 174 kills. Senior libero Kelsey Maving paces the defense with 329 digs, while freshman Marissa Prinzbach runs the offense and has recorded 392 assists.
UConn holds a 8-0 advantage in the all-time series.
Sophomore setter Laura Witt has also recorded four assist-dig double-doubles since Sept. 14. Freshman Aubree Hord picked up her first career double-double (14 assists, 11 digs) at No. 10 Louisville on Friday, Sept. 21.
In the Demons' 17 matches, DePaul has gathered 14 double-doubles total and has at least one in 12 competitions -- including five of its past six.
By comparison, in 2011, the Blue Demons recorded six double-doubles all season. 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 (207), kills per set (3.14) and total attempts (631). The Sofia, Bulgaria-native is also tied for second on the team in aces (16) and is second in digs (158).
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).
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