Three Mountain West Women's Volleyball Players Named to Senior CLASS Award Top 30

Sept. 21, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado State's Dana Cranston, San Diego State's Andrea Hannasch and Wyoming's Jodi Purdy are among 30 NCAA Division I senior women's volleyball student-athletes named to the 2012 Senior CLASS Award® candidate class today. The award honors student-athletes who excel both on and off the court, having notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition.

Cranston, an outside hitter for the Rams, carries a 3.91 grade point average in business administration. A 2012 MW Preseason Co-Player of the Year, Cranston has been a part of several community service projects, including visiting patients at the local hospital's pediatric ward and talking about the importance of education while reading to elementary students. She is also involved in Athletes in Action and has worked countless volleyball camps and athletics events to develop the skills and passion of younger volleyball players.

Hannasch, a 2011 honorable mention All-American at middle blocker for the Aztecs, has earned a 3.82 grade point average in mathematics with minors in physics and computer science. A member of the SDSU Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Hannasch currently serves as the group's vice president, organizing the Red/Black Games for the Aztecs' student-athletes. She is also the coordinator and organizer of Soles for Souls, a shoe drive to benefit the local community. Hannasch also serves as a local club coach in San Diego and tutors the team not only in volleyball, but math and science as well.

Purdy, a returning honorable mention All-American at outside hitter for the Cowgirls, holds a 3.67 grade point average in kinesiology and health promotion. The 2012 MW Preseason Co-Player of the Year with Cranston, Purdy has been very active in the community, participating in the Adopt-A-Family program, Toys for Tots and a Christmas Carnival for underprivileged kids in the community. She and other student-athletes through Fellowship of Christian Athletes served on a mission trip to Haiti in May 2012, working on service projects and teaching sports.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School ®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four areas of excellence. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Championship, December 13 and 15 in Louisville, Ky.

Additional information on this year's Senior CLASS Award can be found at SeniorCLASSAward.com.