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Cranston named to All-West team

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Dana Cranston (#2) listens to Rams coach Tom Hilbert during a recent game against Purdue at the NCAA Mountain West tournament.

North Peace Secondary School alumnus Dana Cranston has been named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-West Region team this week alongside her Colorado State University Rams teammate Megan Plourde.

Cranston, who is a senior at CSU, was told the news on Tuesday, Dec. 5.

“This was a year where Dana was put in a new position, where she had to play a bigger role on our team,” said Rams head coach Tom Hilbert. “If you would have asked Dana at the beginning of the year if this was a goal of hers, she wouldn’t care. She just wanted to do that new role being the anchor outside hitter well.”

“She did that role really well, and this is showing that people respect that.”

Cranston was named the 2012 Mountain West Volleyball Player of the Year after averaging 3.62 kills and 4.28 points per set, second in the Mountain West. She also placed in the top four on her team in digs, blocks and assists.

The West Region includes schools from California, Colorado, Hawaii, New Mexico, Idaho, Texas and Wyoming. 112 players from these states have been named to eight All-Region teams this week with 14 players per team. Six players for each region were honourable mentions.

Cranston was also recently named a finalist for the NCAA women’s volleyball student-athlete award, the Senior CLASS Award, with nine other players across the U.S. Online voting has ended, but Cranston sat in second place before polls closed. Results will be announced in mid December.

Cranston and the Rams just wrapped up their 2012 season with a 21-8 record, winning a fourth consecutive Mountain West title. CSU earned a trip to the NCAA tournament for the 18th consecutive season, which is the seventh longest streak in the U.S. but fell to Purdue in the first round.

Cranston and Plourde are awaiting the AVCA to announce their All-America selections on Dec. 12.


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