Cranston adds third Academic All-District nod to resume

Nov. 8, 2012

2012 Capital One Academic All-District Teams | Senior CLASS Award voting

FORT COLLINS, Colo.—For the third consecutive season, Colorado State volleyball senior Dana Cranston has been named a 2012 Capital One Academic All-District member. On Thursday for the first time, however, she has been named to the first team.

Cranston, a business administration major who holds a 3.89 cumulative grade point average, was selected to the District 7 first team. District 7 encompasses all Division-I schools from the states of Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming. Seven student-athletes were named to the District 7 first team, while an additional six were included on the second team.

Cranston, a native of Fort St. John, B.C., is one of six Mountain West student-athletes to be selected, joining: Marissa Brand, Fresno State; Allison Davis, UNLV (second team); Andrea Hannasch, San Diego State; Alyesha Hein, Air Force; and Madiline Westman, UNLV (second team).

In 2011, Cranston earned Capitol One Academic District 7 second-team honors, while in 2010, she was also a second-team selection for the award, which at the time was sponsored by ESPN/CoSIDA.

The award recognizes the nation’s top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom. To be nominated, a student-athlete must be at least a sophomore academically and be a starter or important reserve with at least a 3.30 cumulative GPA. Nominated student-athletes were then selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

As a first-team selection, Cranston will now be included on the Capital One Academic All-America ballot. Angela Knopf (2000 third team, 2001 second team) is the only student-athlete in program history to be named an Academic All-American.

Cranston, a three-time Academic All-Mountain West selection and three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete, enters Thursday’s match vs. UNLV second in the Mountain West in kills (3.74 per set), service aces (0.32) and points (4.47). She was a 2011 All-Mountain West selection and was picked in August as a 2012 Preseason Co-Player of the Year.

Additionally, Cranston is currently one of 10 finalists competing for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which honors senior student-athletes who excel on the court, in the classroom, in the community and have high character. The winner will be partially decided by a fan vote. Fans are encouraged to vote for Cranston daily through Nov. 26 at