A Tradition of Excellence
Dana Cranston capped a stellar senior season with her sport's pinnacle individual honors, being named to both the American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American third team and the Capital One Academic All-America second team.
For the 2012 campaign, Cranston led CSU in kills 19 times, recording double digits in kills on 22 occasions.
Late in the eason, when the Rams were battling for a fourth consecutive MWC championship and needed to win their final eight conference matches to secure the title, Cranston came through in a big way, recording 17 or more kills in five matches.
Her efforts were rewarded in late November when she earned her second All-Mountain West selection and was named the 2012 Mountain West Women's Volleyball Player of the Year.
"It's been special to watch Dana develop as a player," head coach Tom Hilbert said. "She wasn't an all-conference selection her first two seasons, earned all-conference as a junior, and then as a senior is the league's player of the year and an All-American. She continued to improve herself each year. She's a great player and a great person, and I'm very proud of her and happy for her."
Away from the court, in addition to her Capital One Academic All-America selection, Cranston is a three-time Academic All-District selection and is a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which honors senior student athletes who excel on the court, in the classroom, in the community and have great character. She has a 3.89 cumulative GPA and is expected to graduate in May with a degree in business administration.
Cranston was the second CSU volleyball player to earn Academic All-America status, joining Angela Knopf, who earned selections in both 2000 (third team) and 2001 (second team).
Seniors Brieon Paige and Megan Plourde earned honorable mention recognition on the AVCA All-America squad - full release on CSURams.com.
Cranston joins Sherri Danielson (1984 first team, 1985 second team), Diane Saba (1987 first team), Angela Knox (1987 second team), Catie Vagneur (1999 second team), Courtney Cox (2000 second team), Angela Knopf (2000 and 2001 first teams), Soraya Santos (2001 second team), Mekana Barnes (2007 third team), Plourde (2011 third team) and Katelyn Steffan (2011 third team) as CSU's all-time honorees. Just 17 programs across the country have earned as many All-America awards as CSU - 11 All-America winners, totaling 13 awards. CSU has also earned 15 AVCA All-America honorable mentions, in addition to four Volleyball Magazine All-America honors (plus four honorable mentions).
The annual end-of-season banquet will be held Thursday, January 24, at the Lory Student Center Theatre. The celebration will begin with a social at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a program at 7.
A portion of the program will honor the Rams' four seniors, who joined just three other Ram players to ever win four conference titles. In their four years at CSU, Cranston, Plourde, Paige, and Izzy Gaulia compiled a record of 96-25, including a 66-7 mark at Moby Arena.
The cost is $30 for head coach Tom Hilbert's NETwork members and Ram Club members, and $35 for non-members. For reservations or more information, contact the CSU Office of Events at 877-498-7787 by Friday, January 18.
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