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GREENSBORO, N.C. – For the second-straight season, UNCG volleyball fifth-year head coach Patrick Nicholas has been selected to lead the Carolina Region High Performance volleyball team as the squad prepares for the United States High Performance National Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The tournament is slated for July 23-27 at the Fort Lauderdale Convention Center.

"I am honored to be given the opportunity to again coach this High Performance Youth Team from the Carolina Region," Nicholas said. "After another couple of training days here at UNCG, we will determine the final squad and are ready to head to the national championships. We represented North Carolina really well last year with a ninth-place finish and I am excited to improve on that showing in this year's event."

Nicholas also served as the head coach of the Carolina Region High Performance Select Team in 2011, taking that team to the national championships in Tucson, Ariz. He previously owned and operated the High Performance Training Volleyball School in Austin, Texas, starting in 1996.

The Carolina Region is one of 40 regional volleyball associations under the umbrella of USA Volleyball, the national governing body for the sport. The High Performance Program touts itself as "the first step in the USA Volleyball athlete pipeline."

In last year's national championships at Des Moines, Iowa, the Carolina Region dropped its first three matches before rebounding and taking five-straight victories – including a win over one of USA Volleyball's High Performance squads.

"I am pleased that Patrick has agreed to be the Head Coach of the Carolina Region High Performance Youth Team again this season," Chuck McCraken of the Carolina Regional Volleyball Association stated. "I have received many positive comments from players and parents involved last season and his experience and passion for the sport will provide direction and stability to our Youth Team program. I look forward to working with him."

Keep up with the UNCG volleyball team all year long by logging onto www.uncgspartans.com or following the squad on twitter @UNCGsports and @UNCGVB. 

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