Former Ridgeland volleyball standout Ashley Nations (seated, center) recently signed on with Dalton State College. On hand for the signing were Lori Nations, Terry Nations, Ridgeland head volleyball coach Kari Cooper and Dalton State head volleyball coach Bruna Langner. 

“It’s always exciting to see a good turnout of students trying out for their school’s athletic teams,” Dalton State volleyball coach Bruna 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 Roadrunner volleyball in the fall. All three are looking forward to representing DS as athletes.

The 5-foot, 5-inch Nations is a current DS freshman who will have four years of athletic eligibility beginning in the fall. Coach Langner says the former Ridgeland High School player will be used as a “defense specialist and a setter”.

Nations is a student in the DS School of Nursing, where she hopes to become an RN. She had a 3.9 high school GPA and graduated number 13 in her class.

Ashley Nicole is the daughter of Elizabeth Reyna and Terry Nations and stepmother, Lori Nations. She has three siblings, Shannon Nations, 20, Gabriel Smith, 11, and Raleigh Weaver, 5.

Cochran, who has also played for Bryan College, prepped at Northwest Whitfield High School, while Molinar is a 2009 graduate of Dalton High School who helped lead the Lady Catamounts to the Sweet 16 in 2007 and the Elite Eight in 2008.

DS volleyball is scheduled to begin on the road. The Roadrunners will be at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C. The first home contest is currently scheduled for Sept. 5 at 7 p.m. when they host College of Coastal Georgia in Bandy Gymnasium.