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Cranston named volleyball All-American

December 12, 2012

How does a Canadian become an All-American? Simple: She puts together a great senior season - just like Dana Cranston.

In addition to earning All-America honors, Dana Cranston was named Mountain West player of the year.Cranston is the 11th CSU player to earn All-America honors and the third in the past two seasons. Crantson was selected to the team by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Teammates Megan Plourde and Brieon Paige were given honorable mention. The senior trio helped the Rams win four consecutive conference titles and extend CSU’s streak of NCAA Tournament appearances to 18 this season.

Canadian, eh?

Cranston, from Fort St. John, B.C., has trained the past two summers with the Canadian National Team. A standout all-around player who rarely leaves the court, she recently was named the Mountain West player of the year.

"It's been special to watch Dana develop as a player," CSU 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."

All-around standout

Cranston, an outstanding student and community volunteer, is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, given to a senior volleyball player who best combines the classroom, community, competition and character.

Plourde honored four times

Plourde departs as the only player in CSU and Mountain West history to earn All-American accolades four times. She received honorable mention following her freshman, sophomore and senior seasons, and third-team honors as a junior.

Paige saved her best for her senior season, earning all-conference honors and becoming a dominant force in the middle. She spent time with Team USA Developmental Program last summer.