July 26, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Former Colorado State volleyball star Dana Cranston is in the running for another prestigious award. The NCAA announced Thursday its conference honorees for the 2013 NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Cranston, along with Wyoming’s Chaundra Sewell, were named the two representatives from the Mountain West. In all, 146 female student-athletes – between Divisions I and III – were honored by their respective conference.
Originally nominated by her institution, each conference then selects one or two honorees to be reviewed by the NCAA. The Woman of the Year selection committee will then choose 30 honorees (10 from each division) to be recognized at a banquet in Indianapolis on Oct. 20, where this year’s Woman of the Year will be named.
Since 1991, the Woman of the Year award honors graduating female student-athletes who have distinguished themselves throughout their collegiate careers in the areas of academic achievement, athletics excellence, service and leadership.
A total of 455 individuals were originally nominated by their institutions — including 214 Division I athletes. Of the 146 remaining, 58 competed at the Division I level, and 11 participated in Division I volleyball. For a complete list, click here.
Cranston, a four-time Mountain West champion who helped CSU to four NCAA tournament appearances, was named the 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year and an AVCA All-American. Away from the court, she became CSU volleyball’s second-ever Capital One Academic All-American and was one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, which, similar to the Woman of the Year, recognizes senior student-athletes who excel on the court, in the classroom, in the community and have great character.
In 2002, two-time AVCA first-team All-American and two-time Academic All-American Angela Knopf was recognized at the Woman of the Year banquet, after being named among the final 10 Division I honorees.