By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Intern
(September 28, 2013) – Loudoun County High School sophomore Taylor Borup made school history after verbally committing to play volleyball at the University of North Carolina during her freshmen year of high school: she was 14.
“It just feels like home,” Borup said. “Once I went to the school, I fell in love with everything about it and knew my initial reaction to want to go there was right.”
Borup – who was born in Charlotte, N.C. – moved to Leesburg a decade ago and enrolled as a freshmen at Loudoun County in 2012. At 14, Borup became the youngest player in Raider history to commit to continue her athletic career in college, according to her father Ray Borup.
“My parents always cheer for [UNC] during the NCAA basketball games,” said the 6-foot-3 Borup. “I wanted to be close enough to home that my family could watch me play.”
Family is important to Borup, and family is actually the reason she first reached out to the Tarheel’s head coach Joe Sagula.
In 2012, Borup’s brother Quad, who plays basketball for the Raiders, was at a basketball camp with Roy Williams at Chapel Hill. Her father took Borup down to the office of Coach Sagula so she could introduce herself.
After chatting with Sagula, Borup recalled saying, “I am going to play for you in four years.”
However, Borup says her mother Susan, was not entirely sold on UNC and wanted her to gather interest from more schools before deciding. That interest came in the form of notes from Kentucky, Penn State, USC, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Florida and Duke.
“I told her ‘no’,” Borup said, “[UNC] is it!”
While Borup still has three years before she can officially sign with the Tarheels, she says her commitment is solid.
Borup wants the red hot Tarheels – who are off to an incredible start at 13-0 and do not seem to be slowing down – to feel confident in offering a 14-year old a scholarship.
“I work every day for that so they are not disappointed,” said Borup who will play outside hitter in college. “I think I will be a better volleyball player because they did this for me. I will not let them down.”
The sophomore must continue to work hard day in and day out, not only to live up to her expectations at Chapel Hill, but also to try to repeat as a state champion after the Raiders took home the title during her freshmen campaign.
“I want another state championship,” said Borup who will play for Metro DC Volleyball this spring. “I think the Raiders can do it again. We are a good team and we work hard. We have strong leaders in our coaches and seniors.”
Borup who has to wait until 2016 to play at UNC has much to look forward to as she truly bleeds Carolina Blue.
“It is my dream school and the only one I wanted to attend so I feel like I won the lottery. I am a Tarheel for life.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete.