Zapryanova Tabbed Second Team All-BIG EAST
Nov. 15, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Junior Vesela Zapryanova made a bit of DePaul volleyball history on Thursday, as the outside hitter garnered a Second Team All-BIG EAST selection. She is the first Blue Demon in program history to earn all-conference honors in the BIG EAST.
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 early in the season.
A six spot player, and a big reason for DePaul's vast improvement in 2012, Zapryanova also received BIG EAST weekly honors on September 17 and November 12.
Her first weekly honor was the first for the program since Sarah Cullen earned BIG EAST weekly honors on October 13, 2008. The award came after helping DePaul to a 2-1 weekend at the Loyola Rambler Challenge, while Zapryanova's second selection was in response to her role in DePaul's first-ever 2-0 conference weekend.
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 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.
2012 BIG EAST CONFERENCE VOLLEYBALL AWARDS
BIG EAST Player of the Year
BIG EAST Libero of the Year
BIG EAST Freshman of the Year
BIG EAST Coaches of the Year
2012 All-BIG EAST VOLLEYBALL TEAM
Toni Alugbue, Notre Dame, So., MB
Lola Arslanbekova, Louisville, Sr., OH *
Danielle Carlson, Marquette, Sr., MH
Jeni Houser, Notre Dame, So., RS
Elizabeth Koberstein, Marquette, Jr., S
Shelbey Manthorpe, Seton Hall, So., S
Holly Mertens, Marquette, Sr., RS *
Karin Palgutova, St. John's, Fr., OH
Mattison Quayle, Connecticut, Sr., OH
Gwen Rucker, Louisville, Sr., MH
Jordanne Scott, Cincinnati, Sr., MB/RS *
Kayla Walton, USF, Jr., RS
* - unanimous selection