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September 19, 2013

Roadrunners play first home volleyball match tonight

Although Dalton State College’s volleyball team won’t play on its planned home court, tonight’s match against Reinhardt University is still a seminal moment for Roadrunner athletics.

The team’s first home match of the season — its first since the college re-launched athletics in August after a more than 30-year hiatus — will be at 7 p.m. in the Dalton High School gymnasium.

Karly Newman, a freshman and one of the Lady Roadrunners’ outside hitters, summed up the mentality of the entire program.

“We’re all pumped,” she said. “I’m really excited.”

Admission is free and the first 200 students, faculty or staff from the college with a Roadrunner Card will receive a free volleyball T-shirt. There will be free admission to all home matches, DSC Athletic Director Derek Waugh said.

The volleyball team planned to play its home matches in the on-campus Bandy Gymnasium, but the building is still being renovated. Waugh doesn’t expect it to be finished for the final volleyball home match of the year. Saturday’s game at noon versus Truett-McConnell is also at Dalton High.

For junior setter Michala Askew, which facility the match is played in doesn’t matter as long as it happens in the Carpet Capital of the World.

“We’re still playing in Dalton and will still have all of our home fans, so it’s still a home game,” she said.

The volleyball team will also play home matches at the Dalton Parks and Recreation Department’s Mark Gaston Community Center. The team practices at ChristChurch Presbyterian Church.

Once completed, Bandy Gym will also serve as the practice court for Dalton State’s men’s basketball team and the main facility for the college’s intramural competitions.

Dalton State (1-5) and Reinhardt (4-3) played Aug. 27 and the Lady Roadrunners lost 25-20, 25-18, 25-18 in their second match of the season. Dalton State coach Bruna Langner reminded her team of this toward the end of Wednesday’s practice.

“We are playing a team we already played this year, and we’re confident we will do better than last time,” Langner said.

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