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Dahlberg Named HCAC Defensive MVP; Bruner, MacInnis Named First Team

Dahlberg Named HCAC Defensive MVP; Bruner, MacInnis Named First Team

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology sophomore Katryna Dahlberg has been named Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Defensive Most Valuable Player, joining three Fightin' Engineers on the first-team all-league volleyball squad, in results released by the conference office.

Maria Bruner and Bailey MacInnis joined Dahlberg as first-team all-HCAC award winners.  Katie Orbeta captured a spot on the honorable mention all-conference squad as well.

Dahlberg was named HCAC Defensive MVP after leading the HCAC with 644 digs this season.  The two-time HCAC Defensive Player of the Week also led Rose-Hulman with 44 service aces this season.  Dahlberg's award is the fourth HCAC Volleyball Most Valuable Player award in school history, joining two-time Defensive Player of the Year Gabi Razma (2014, '17) and 2011 Offensive Player of the Year Anna Lewer.

Bruner earned first-team all-HCAC honors for the first time in her career after leading Rose-Hulman with 104 blocks.  She added 124 kills and hit at a team-high .272 percentage for the season.  Bruner had a career-high eight total blocks in matches against Williams, Mount St. Joseph and Hanover this season.

MacInnis earned her third career first-team all-conference award this season.  She leads the team and ranks third in the HCAC with 322 kills this season.  MacInnis also ranks No. 4 in Rose-Hulman history with 1,188 career kills and has recorded 183 blocks and 461 digs as a Fightin' Engineer.  She surpassed the 20-kills mark in a match twice this season.

Orbeta captured her second career honorable mention all-league award in 2018.  She became the sixth player in school history to cross 2,000 career assists and stands at 2,138 entering this week's action.  Orbeta also tallied 120 kills, 312 digs and 19 blocks this season.  Her efforts included a triple-double for kills, assists and blocks in a narrow five-set loss to Cornell.

Mia Styczynski earned a spot on the Christopher M. Ragsdale All-Sportsmanship Team for her efforts this season.  Styczynski recorded 145 kills and 56 blocks as a starter for the Fightin' Engineer front row in 2018.

The all-conference honorees lead a Rose-Hulman squad that has qualified for the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament for the first time since the 2011 season.  The Fightin' Engineers (19-12) will face No. 17 ranked Berry (25-3) in Mount Berry, Ga., on Friday at 8 p.m. in their opening round match.