Cranston receives high honours as CSU volleyball season approaches

first_imgAlong with the individual accolade, this week the team was also ranked as the top team in the AVCA Division I Coaches Preseason Poll, with eight of the nine head coaches around the league selecting the Rams to defend their title.Expectations are apparently high for Cranston and her Rams this year, as the team also earned the league selection as this year’s favourite to win their fourth straight Mountain West title.However, Rams Head Coach Tom Hilbert says that approaching the season with high expectations could be a good mentality to have.”It’s a target on our back. These girls are used to playing with that pressure. They know that everybody gets fired up when they play us. It requires that we go out and play with excellence every night, because we are going to get every Mountain West team’s best every time we play them. As an athlete, you should want that.”Advertisement CSU has now been selected as the league’s preseason favourite the past three seasons, and four times in the last five years. This year the team will be looking to win its fourth straight regular season championship. The team is also on the hunt for the chance to play in its 18 straight NCAA tournament.The 2012 regular season begins August 24, when Cranston and her teammates take on Virginia as part of the Rams Volleyball Rocky Mountain Invitational. Last season, Cranston, who plays outside hitter, led her Rams with 36 services aces, averaged 2.46 kills and 2.54 digs per set, while also hitting .238 last season.Along with the pre-season honour, Cranston, along with three other CSU teammates, was selected to the All-Mountain West Preseason Team.Last year was also the first year that the Fort St. John athlete was awarded the honour of being named to the All-Mountain West Team.- Advertisement -In the article, Cranston spoke humbly about the honour, saying it wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the other Rams on the court.”I think it speaks to my teammates. I couldn’t do the little things I do without good players around me. The fact that this award is given to someone on our team means more to me. It speaks to the history and tradition we have here at CSU, and the program that’s been developed.”If Cranston or any other of her fellow Rams win this year’s Mountain West Player of the Year award, handed out in November, it will be the fourth consecutive year a CSU player has achieved the award.Advertisementlast_img

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