July 25 – HIRAM, Ohio – For the second-consecutive season, Terrier volleyball coach Kyle Mars has been selected to lead the Ohio Valley Region (OVR) High Performance Youth Team in the USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.
"I am extremely honored to have been selected to lead this program for another year," remarked Mars. "Last season was a great learning experience for not only my players, but for myself as well. I am excited to have the opportunity to continue to grow this program and compete on a National level."
The Ohio Valley Region, Inc. is one of the largest of the 40 regional associations of USA Volleyball. The main purpose of the amateur athletic sports association is to promote and establish quality volleyball through participation by both adults and juniors, according to the standards set forth by USA Volleyball and the Amateur Sports Act of 1978. Geographically, the OVR includes the states of Ohio, West Virginia, and the boarding counties of Western Pennsylvania.
Last season in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mars helped lead the OVR program to a sixth-place finish in National play.
Mars will once again lead a group of 10 athletes in grades 11-12 from schools across the region, that were selected via tryout. The team held a two-day camp before traveling to Tulsa, Oklahoma for the HP Championships.
The HP Championships are one of USA Volleyball's flagship tournaments. The five-day event features play for both boys and girls that include teams from USA Volleyball Region High Performance, as well as international teams and groups from the HP pipeline.
Mars is entering his third season as head coach of the men's volleyball team at Hiram, and will also be coaching the women's team in the 2018 campaign.
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