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Zapryanova Picks Up Second BIG EAST Honor Roll Nod
Junior Vesela Zapryanova put up her team-leading eighth double-double on Friday at St. John's


Junior Vesela Zapryanova put up her team-leading eighth double-double on Friday at St. John's

Nov. 12, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior outside hitter Vesela Zapryanova was named to the weekly BIG EAST Honor Roll on Monday, November 12 after helping the Blue Demons to a pair of conference wins to cap the season.

Zapryanova played in every set over the weekend and keyed two four-set wins, the first at St. John's and the second at home versus Rutgers. The Sofia, Bulgaria-native led the team in kills in both matches, finishing the weekend with 36 kills and a hit percentage of .274.

In Friday night's win in Queens, N.Y., Zapryanova tallied a match-high 19 kills to go along with 10 digs. It was her team-best eighth double-double performance of the season. The outside hitter also came up big with 17 kills and three service aces, hitting .301 in Sunday's win over Rutgers.

In a prolific first season in Lincoln Park, Zapryanova was nominated to All-Tournament Teams at the First State Skyhawk Invitational, Chicago Classic and Loyola Rambler Challenge earlier in the season. She also received BIG EAST weekly honors on September 17 after helping DePaul to a 2-1 weekend at the Loyola Rambler Challenge.

For the season, Zapryanova leads 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 in digs (265).

Her first BIG EAST weekly honor back in September was the first conference award for DePaul volleyball since Sarah Cullen was selected to the honor roll on October 13, 2008.

The Blue Demons finished the 2012 season 4-4 in their final eight matches and on Sunday earned a program record with their fifth BIG EAST victory of the fall. The team also reached double-digits in the overall win column for the first time since 2004.

Player of the Week:
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Sr., OH

Freshman of the Week:
Monika Salkute, Syracuse, Fr., MB

 

 

BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll:
Mattison Quayle, Connecticut, Sr., OH
Vesela Zapryanova, DePaul, Jr., OH
Holly Mertens, Marquette, Sr., RS
Toni Alugbue, Notre Dame, So., OH
Monica Wignot, Pittsburgh, Jr., OH