Langner Signs Larissa Bianchi In Rio For Dalton State

Monday, June 2, 2014 - by Bob Beavers
Dalton High volleyball Coach Bruna Langner traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to sign Larissa Bianchi to a letter of intent. Shown, from left, are Alyne Bianchi (sister and future teammate), Jose Bianchi (father), Luciane Bianchi (mother), Larissa Bianchi, and DS Volleyball Coach Bruna Langner.
Dalton High volleyball Coach Bruna Langner traveled to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to sign Larissa Bianchi to a letter of intent. Shown, from left, are Alyne Bianchi (sister and future teammate), Jose Bianchi (father), Luciane Bianchi (mother), Larissa Bianchi, and DS Volleyball Coach Bruna Langner.

A talented Brazilian volleyball family is keeping Dalton State on their minds.

Roadrunner Coach Bruna Langner has traveled to Rio de Janeiro and signed the sister of current DS star Alyne Bianchi. 

Like her sister, Larissa Bianchi is a born athlete.

“Since I was a little girl I’ve been watching my family play volleyball,” Larissa said. “My (maternal) grandfather played for the national Brazilian team so even before I was born, my mom knew I was going to play.” 

But her athletic credentials include more than just volleyball.  “As long as I can remember I’ve been an athlete,” she added. “I started with swimming and gymnastics, then went to synchronized swimming, and finally to volleyball when I was about 11 years old. Since then I have been playing on a team called Flamengo.”

Bianchi said going to her first Brazilian national championship sealed her love for the sport. 

“It was like everything was perfect, school was still easy and fun, I practiced every afternoon and went to an English course class at night,” she said.

“It wasn’t until I was 13 that I realized volleyball was not to be taken for granted. In the year of 2009, I went to my first national championship and the fact that I was going to skip school for a week made everything more exciting. We stayed in a hotel with our teammates and coaches, no parents allowed. It was then, I knew this was what I wanted, to be an athlete. There was nothing more fun than to play volleyball, we had to wake up early and go to the court to play or practice, that full week was the most amazing experience. We kept going to the championship every year, and when it was the last day of the “trip” we hoped that next year we would be able to go.”

Bianchi also played volleyball for her school. “I can say proudly that we won state every year.”

The 5’9” outside and right side hitter is looking forward to joining Alyne as a Roadrunner. “Nothing will be like playing for a college in the USA,” Bianchi said. “I can’t wait to play for Dalton State and I know that this season has a lot in store for our team.”

Lookouts Keep Rolling With 3-1 Win Over M-Braves Saturday

Edgar Corcino and the Lookouts pitching staff combined to send Chattanooga fans home happy on Fan Appreciation Night with a 3-1 win over the Mississippi Braves.  Corcino tripled in two runs to start the scoring in home half of the fourth Saturday. Ryan Walker and Travis Harrison came home to score on the big hit and gave the Lookouts a lead they would hold the rest of the ... (click for more)

Dalton State Women's Soccer Defeats Johnson & Wales University 4-2

The Dalton State women’s soccer team did it again. The Lady Roadrunners found themselves down by 2-0 at halftime against Johnson & Wales University (Fl.) “After making some adjustments during the break, I could tell the girls were fired up and hungry and I had a great feeling we would win the game,” said DS Coach Kerem Daser. “I guess you can call my ladies the comeback ... (click for more)

Fire Displaces Family Of 3 On Kemp Drive

No injuries were reported in connection with a house fire late Saturday afternoon. The Chattanooga Fire Department received the alarm shortly before  6 p.m.  and responded to 4605 Kemp Drive with five fire companies. Battalion Chief Rick Boatwright said the fire started in the kitchen and then spread up into the attic. The firefighters were able to bring the ... (click for more)

Michael Wilson Back In Bradley County; Due In Court On Monday

Michael Wilson is back in Bradley County, and was escorted into the Correctional Facility around 8:15 p.m. Wilson’s first appearance in court will be on Monday, at 9 a.m. in the Bradley County General Sessions Courtroom at the Judicial Complex at 2290 Blythe Ave. Wilson was arrested last week, after e ndangered Bradley County child Skyla Wilson was found safe in Colorado ... (click for more)

Pedestrians Have The Right Of Way - And Response (2)

Often I visit Gold's Gym at Chestnut and 4th Street. I  park in the theater parking lot at Broad and 4th Street.  I depend on the walk signs to get me there safely.  Most days I almost get hit by someone turning left or right coming from the exit ramp off 27 or turning right on 4th street from Chestnut. This happened yesterday as I was almost mowed down by a garbage ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Girls - ‘I Can And I Will’

Every night after the Rodriguez girls went to sleep not that long ago in a grim, rat-infested basement apartment on Chicago’s South Side, their father – a boxing referee who came to America from Puerto Rico -- would kneel beside the girls’ bed and whisper in each child’s ear. Their parents made them sleep hot-dog style, tightly wrapped in the same sheet and pressed together to protect ... (click for more)