Cranston selected for All-American third team

As a result of receiving the honour, Cranston was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association third team, while teammates Brieon Paige and Megan Plourde earned honourable mention recognition.

Wednesday, Cranston weighed in on the tremendous accomplishment, saying that it’s more than just an individual honour, as she attributed much of her success to the Rams athletic program.

"This is such a humbling and amazing honour. It shows the success of our program, and that we are doing this the right way here. I’m so happy the program, university and my teammates get recognized through this."

Cranston is now the 11th All-American from CSU now has 11 winners. Only 17 programs across the United States have earned as many All-American awards as CSU. The Rams have also had three All-American selections in the past two seasons, following three years without recognition.

It’s been a tremendous senior year of accomplishments for the Rams' outside hitter, who, last month, received her second All-Mountain West Selection and was also named the 2012 Mountain West Women’s Volleyball Player of the Year.

During her senior year on the court, Cranston led her Rams in kills and points and ranks second in the Mountain West.

In addition, her hitting percentage of .277 ranks her first in her conference for outside hitters, while her 0.31 aces per set in league play was second overall. She also placed in the top four on the Rams in digs, blocks and assists.

Cranston also stepped her game up even further when it mattered, as the Rams had to win their final eight games of the season in order to earn their fourth straight Mountain West title. During that stretch of games, she had 17 kills or more in five of those contests.

The Fort St. John born volleyball star also excelled off the court during her time with the Rams, as she is currently a finalist for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which honours students who excel on the court in their academic studies and within their respective communities and who exhibit great character.

She is also a three-time Academic All-District selection and is included on the Capital One Academic All-America Ballot, which will be announced Thursday, December 13.

As a team, the Rams finished their season with a record of 21-8, winning their fourth consecutive Mountain West title, advancing to the NCAA tournament for the 18th straight season. That streak is the seventh longest active streak in the country. It was also the fourth straight year Cranston won the conference with the Rams, which earned her the title in all four years of her NCAA career.

Cranston will now join head coach Tom Hilbert and the volleyball coaching staff at this week’s NCAA Final Four in Louisville, Ky., where she will be honoured Friday at the AVCA All-America/Player of the Year Banquet.