Submitted by Dalton State College
The latest additions to the Dalton State College volleyball roster gave Roadrunners coach Bruna Langner more than one reason to be enthusiastic.
“It’s always exciting to see a good turnout of students trying out for their school’s athletic teams,” Langner said. “Even better, to find three extremely talented young ladies who can excel in the classroom and on the volleyball court.”
Langner did exactly that this week as Cassie Cochran, Daniela Molinar, and Ashley Nicole Nations agreed to play Roadrunners volleyball when the team begins competition this summer. All three are looking forward to representing Dalton State as athletes.
Cochran, who has also played for Bryan College, said she came back to Dalton because of the school’s reputation as “an excellent business school.” She will now have an opportunity to continue playing a sport that she loves.
An honor roll student and a scholar athlete, she is majoring in business marketing. Langner said the 5-foot-9 Cochran will be a right side hitter for the Roadrunners. Cochran is the daughter of Angie and Danny Cochran and she has one sister, Lindsey Stallings.
A graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School, Cochran is a member of Olivia Baptist Church, volunteers in Big Brothers and Big Sisters and also volunteers at Dalton State.
Molinar is a 2009 graduate of Dalton High School who will be a junior next school year at Dalton State, but she will be starting her collegiate volleyball career. Langner said the 5-foot-8 Molinar will also be a right side hitter. Although she has two years of school behind her, Molinar will have four years of athletic eligibility to use if she so chooses.
During her career at Dalton High, the Lady Catamounts advanced to the second round of the Class 4A state tournament in 2007 and the quarterfinals in 2008. She has wanted to continue her athletic career, but chose Dalton State “because it is right here at home and we have a great faculty in the school of business.”
“I really wanted to stay close to my family and friends,” Molinar said. “Since I started my college career at Dalton State in 2009, I had been hoping the athletic department would finally develop. I’m very excited to be part of the new team and the new environment that is rapidly growing here at Dalton State.”
Molinar has helped coach a club team in Chattanooga with her former high school coach, Lisa Donahue. She is also working on a marketing internship with Volkswagen Group of America in Chattanooga. Her major is marketing, with a minor in psychology. She is the daughter of Maria and Oscar Molinar, and she has one sister, Alejander Molinar.
Nations is a freshman who will have four years of athletic eligibility beginning next school year. Langner said the former Ridgeland High School player, who’s 5-5, will be used as a defensive specialist and setter.
Nations is a nursing student and hopes to become a registered nurse. She had a 3.9 grade point average in high school and graduated 13th in her class. She is the daughter of Elizabeth Reyna and Terry Nations and stepmother Lori Nations. She has three siblings, Shannon Nations, Gabriel Smith and Raleigh Weaver.
Dalton State will open its inaugural season Aug. 20 at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C. The team’s home opener is 7 p.m. on Sept. 5 against College Coastal of Georgia at Bandy Gymnasium. The team’s schedule is available at dsroadrunners.com.