|Loudoun County High School freshman Taylor Borup, shown here on the left exiting the team huddle during a 2012 volleyball match, has verbally committed to the University of North Carolina.—Times-Mirror File Photo/Carl Lukat|
The evolution of Taylor Borup garnering and accepting a scholarship offer to play volleyball at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill started innocently enough.
Borup, a freshman at Loudoun County High School, lived in North Carolina until her family moved to Leesburg when she was 5.
Her older brother, Quad, a sophomore at Loudoun County, attended a Roy Williams' basketball camp at the University of North Carolina last summer.
"We are huge fans. We love the UNC basketball team," Borup said of her family's affinity for the Tar Heels.
Borup accompanied her parents to pick Quad up at the end of camp, which was held at Carmichael Arena, the home court for the Tar Heels' volleyball team and former home court of the men's basketball team.
After learning the volleyball team played at Carmichael, Borup's father Ray took her into the office to meet the coaches. Taylor Borup's relationship with head coach Joe Sagula grew from there.
"I told him basically that I was going to play for him," Borup said of her initial conversation with Sagula. "It was really a fluke."
Borup, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter, kept the UNC coaches updated about her progress over the next eight months by email. She returned to Chapel Hill in late February to tour the campus and meet with academic advisors and coaches.
At the conclusion of the tour, Sagula offered Borup a scholarship to join the Tar Heel program after she graduates in 2016.
"I was shocked, I didn't know what to say," said Borup, the first freshman in Loudoun County High School history to receive a scholarship offer as a freshman in any sport. "I was just excited. It was everything I dreamed for. Eventually, I just said yes."
Borup, who maintains a 3.74 GPA, was a member of the Raiders' 2012 state championship team and also plays for the Northern Virginia Volleyball Association ICE 15-1 team.
She received interest from Penn State, Virginia, Georgetown, Louisville and Virginia Tech among others prior to verbally committing to North Carolina.
"I want to always improve," Borup said. "I'm not going to slack off just because I made it."
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