Dana Cranston’s year just keeps getting better and better.
The Fort St. John volleyball player has finished her 2012/13 season with the Colorado State University Rams being named an American Volleyball Coaches Association All-American selection on Wednesday, Dec. 12, which is volleyball’s highest honour for a player.
“This is such a humbling and amazing honour,” Cranston said in a CSU Athletics press release. “It shows the success of our program and that we are doing things the right way here. I’m so happy the program, university and my teammates get recognized through this.”
Just last month Cranston earned a second All-Mountain West selection and was named the 2012 Mountain West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year. She’s also a finalist for the prestigious NCAA Senior CLASS Award.
“It’s been special to watch Dana develop as a players,” her coach Tom Hilbert said. “She wasn’t an all-conference selection in 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.”
Cranston is the oldest of three siblings in her volleyball family, which is practically the royal family of the sport in the Peace Region. Her sister Barb plays for Grande Prairie Regional College and her brother Blain, a senior at NPSS, has recently made a verbal agreement to play for GPRC next season as well.
With the Rams, Cranston the outside hitter finished her senior year leading in kills and points, which both ranked second in the Mountain West division. The Rams finished with a record of 21-8, winning their fourth consecutive Mountain West title and advancing to the NCAA tournament for the 18th straight year.
Cranston will be honoured Friday at the AVCA All-America/Players of the Year Banquet.