Andrew Cranford- Stevens Institute of Technology

2/9/2009

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Photo courtesy Stevens athletics.

Andrew Cranford, a 6-5 senior middle blocker for then-No. 4 Stevens Institute of Technology has been named the Sports Imports Division III Men's National Player of the Week. Cranford earned the award for his strong, consistent play last week in helping the Ducks defeat three opponents, including two that were nationally-ranked. In Stevens' first match of the week, Cranford hit .667 after putting away 13 kills in 18 attempts with only one error in a sweep of Division I Sacred Heart. He also had two aces, eight digs and eight block assists in the match. He followed that up with his best performance of the week in a sweep of then-No. 14 ranked Philadelphia Biblical. In that match he hit an amazing .800 behind 17 kills in 30 attempts with only one error. In addition, he had one dig, one solo block and four block assists. He finished the week with a 16-kill, four-dig, four-block performance in the Ducks 3-1 win over then No. 5 Vassar. For the week, Cranford hit at a .569 clip, while averaging 4.60 kills, 5.80 points, 1.20 digs and 1.70 blocks per game. This is the second time that Cranford has earned Sports Imports Division III Men's National Player of the Week honors, as he previously garnered the award on Jan. 30, 2006. It is also the third time that an athlete from Stevens has earned the honor. The last Duck to receive the award was Scott Stoner on Feb. 26, 2007. Stevens is coached by Patrick Dorywalski.

 

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