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Sports / Recreation

Volleyball standout a finalist for national award

October 19, 2012

The Senior CLASS Award is given to the student-athlete who best combines community, classroom, character and competition.

CSU volleyball standout Dana Cranston is a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award.CSU volleyball standout Dana Cranston has been named one of 10 national finalists for the Senior CLASS Award – and she needs your help.

The Senior CLASS Award honors the complete student-athlete and encourages them to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The award honors the attributes of senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.

“This is such an honor,” Cranston said. “I owe it to all those around me—my family, friends and teammates who push me every day to be great in every part of my life. I’m surrounded by constant support and people who love me and who want to see me do well. Getting this recognition reminds me how lucky I am to be at CSU, playing for the coaches I do, and with the teammates I have. I’m so thankful for these blessings.”

Vote now!

Fan voting plays a role in the selection process. You can vote once daily through Nov. 26. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship, which will take place December 13-15 in Louisville, Ky.

A true standout

Cranston, a standout on the court, in the classroom and in the community, was the preseason Mountain West player of the year. She leads the Rams in kills and points, and leads the conference in service aces.

A three-time Mountain West scholar-athlete, she has a 3.91 grade point average in Business Administration. She’s also an active community volunteer with local schools, volleyball clinics and Athletes in Action.

'Very deserving'

“Dana is very deserving of this award,” Rams coach Tom Hilbert said. “Not only is she a great volleyball player, but she perfectly fits each of the criteria the CLASS Award is about. She’s an excellent student, great in the community and has incredible character.

“Because of who she is, and her work ethic, she continually makes our program better in every facet. I’m very excited that she’s being recognized.”

Cranston, who hails from Fort St. John, B.C., has trained with the Canadian National Team and hopes to play in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.