Maslanka Named to ACAA All-Conference First Team, All-Tournament Team

Riikka Olson
Riikka Olson

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (November 5, 2018) – Following SUNY Delhi hosting the ACAA Tournament on Sunday, senior Kristen Maslanka (Pine Island, NY / Warwick Valley) was chosen to the conference's all-tournament team. The outside hitter received even more good news from the conference on Monday, as she was named to the All-ACAA First Team for the second straight year.

Sophomore Ashley Hintz (Kingston, NY / Kingston) and junior Erica Prindle (Kingston, NY / Kingston) earned recognition on the second team, while sophomore Taylor Tsatsis (Neponsit, NY / St. Edmund Prep) earned her second straight honorable mention accolade.

Head coach Beau Bracchy's finished the 2018 season with a 13-12 record, and fell to eventual champion Thomas More in the ACAA Semifinals on Saturday. The Broncos captured their first winning season since 2010, and first as NCAA Division III members. Delhi was 4-2 in five-set matches, including two where they battled back from two sets down. The first was at Utica on Sept. 10, followed by local-foe SUNY Cobleskill on Oct. 4. In both contests, the Broncos won the fifth set by two points. The ladies went 2-2 against ACAA foes.

Maslanka finished her career as a steady presence offensively and defensively, leading the team with 211 kills and ranking second with 270 digs. She tallied 11 double-doubles, including tallying a season-high 17 kills, along with 18 digs, in a 3-1 win over Fisher on Sept. 8. Maslanka reached 20-dig games twice this year, with a year-best 22 digs in a 3-1 win at Purchase on Sept. 21, and 21 digs in a 3-2 victory over Valley Forge on Sept. 2, in which she also had 16 kills.

Splitting time as the team's defensive specialist and libero, Hintz was awarded the ACAA's Defensive Player of the Week three times. She led the team with 391 digs, totaling four 30-dig games, including a career-best 36 in a 3-1 win over Green Mountain on Oct. 14. In Prindle's first season with the Broncos, the junior led the pack with 463 assists, while ranking second with 45 service aces and third with 232 digs. She amassed a triple-double against Green Mountain on Oct. 14, charting 11 kills, 29 assists and 13 digs in a four-set victory.

Tsatsis earned her second honorable mention conference nod in as many years in part to leading the Broncos with 49 service aces, while ranking second with 288 assists and third with 171 kills. She had one triple-double this season, amassing 13 kills, 18 assists and 10 digs to help the Broncos overcome a two-set deficit to beat Utica in five sets on Sept. 10.