Six Mountain West Womens' Volleyball Players Named To 2012 Capital One Academic All-District Teams

Nov. 8, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Six Mountain West women's volleyball student-athletes have been named to the 2012 Capital One Academic All-District® teams as released today by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Four earned first-team honors in NCAA Division I of their respective districts and will be on the ballot for Academic All-America® honors to be announced on Thursday, Dec. 13. It is the fifth time in MW women's volleyball history that six or more individuals have received Academic All-District honors.

Colorado State outside hitter Dana Cranston was named to the District 7 First Team along with Air Force middle blocker Ayesha Hein. Fresno State outside hitter Marissa Brand and San Diego State middle blocker Andrea Hannasch were recognized on the District 8 First Team, while UNLV libero Allison Davies and middle blocker Madeline Westman were listed on the District 8 Second Team.

Cranston, a business administration major who holds a 3.89 cumulative grade point average, is a senior from Fort St. John, British Columbia. It is the third year in a row that Cranston has earned Academic All-District honors, being named to the District 7 Second Team as a sophomore and junior. She is just the third MW volleyball player to earn the honor three years in a row (Amy Doman, Wyoming, 2002-04; Kelly Therkelsen, New Mexico, 2004-06). A Senior CLASS Award finalist, Cranston is a three-time Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team honoree and three-time Mountain West Scholar-Athlete. She ranks second in the Mountain West in kills (3.74 per set), service aces (0.32) and points (4.47). Cranston was a 2011 All-Mountain West selection and was picked in August as a 2012 MW Preseason Co-Player of the Year.

Hein, a sophomore astronautical engineering major with a 3.99 cumulative GPA, is from Honolulu, Hawaii. She has led the Falcons in hitting during eight matches this season, including two with percentages of .600. Setting career-best marks in assists, solo blocks, assisted blocks and total blocks during the current campaign, Hein is ranked second on the team in assisted blocks and total blocks, while ranking third on the team in kills and solo blocks. She earned Academic All-MW honors as a freshman in 2011.

Brand is a junior criminology/forensic science major with a 3.90 GPA. The Cypress, Calif., native is a two-time Academic All-District honoree and a two-time academic all-conference selection. Brand leads the Bulldogs with 3.5 kills per set with a total of 329 kills on the season after missing the majority of the 2011 season with an injury.

A mathematics major from New Braunfels, Texas, Hannasch carries a 3.82 GPA in her senior year. She is averaging 3.58 points per set to lead the Aztecs and is one of two SDSU players to have recorded at least one block in every match this season. She ranks among the top 10 in the Mountain West in hitting percentage, blocks and points. Hannasch is a three-time MW Academic All-Conference Team selection.

Davies holds a 3.96 grade point average and is still deciding on a major. The sophomore from Eugene, Ore., leads the Rebels in digs with 367 - a figure that ranks as the eighth best in UNLV's single-season record book. She has amassed double digits in digs in 20 of the team's 24 matches this season. Davies earned Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team honors as a freshman in 2011.

Westman, a junior from Wauconda, Ill., has a 3.86 GPA in communications. She sits 23rd in the nation in blocks-per-set statistics (1.38), which has helped the Rebels rank 46th overall (2.54) as a team. She leads the team in all three blocking categories. She has amassed 127 total blocks with 19 of the solo variety and 108 more going down as assisted. Westman is a two-time Mountain West Academic All-Conference Team honoree.

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.