Over the weekend, a local volleyball player proved to be extremely valuable to her university team.

Beginning Friday, Fort St. John native Dana Cranston and her fellow Colorado State University Rams kicked off their volleyball season at the Arkansas Invitational, in Fayetteville, Arkansas, with three straight wins against three different teams.

On Friday, the Rams opened their season against Arkansas, beating them by a score of three sets to none.

Saturday, the girls took part in a double header, playing both Middle Tennessee State and NcNeese State. Both of those games also involved three set to none sweeps at the hands of CSU.

Cranston, a junior on the team, really made a name for herself during games two and three. In her second match against Middle Tennessee, she had 10 kills, while not committing a single error. During the team’s third game against McNeese State, Cranston impressed with nine more kills and five blocked shots, three of which were solo efforts.

To no ones surprise, Cranston’s performance did not go unrecognized as she was named to the tournament all-star team.

Her stellar play also received some praise from Rams head coach Tom Hilbert, who said Cranston really “grew as a player” throughout the three games.

With the wins, CSU begins the season 3-0 for the third time in the past four years. It is the first time since 1997, however, that the Rams have opened the season with three consecutive sweeps.

To follow Cranston and her fellow CSU Rams throughout their 2011-2012 season please visit the team’s official website.