History of Borderline Junior Volleyball

Borderline Volleyball Club was started in 1995. In that first year Borderline consisted of two teams in the 14 Club division, made up of 10 athletes each. Our first coaches were Nicole Putnam from the Miami University Women's Volleyball team and Rachel Blankenship from the Miami University Women's Club team. The teams practiced at Talawanda Middle School in Oxford and played in four or five local tournaments. The following season Borderline expanded to 6 teams in 3 Club divisions, and for 1997 we added our first Open teams. In 2001, Borderline fielded 18 teams based in Oxford, Ohio, with additional teams in Liberty, Indiana and Middletown, Ohio.

Borderline has a very special relationship with Miami University. Many coaches in the program are former or present players from the Women's Intercollegiate program and the Women's and Men's Intercollegiate Club programs. The Miami University Intercollegiate coaching staff has been very supportive of our efforts, offering valuable technical support. For the 1999-2000 season, 2nd Assistant Coach Paco Labrador and Graduate Assistant Coach Becky Schmidt coached our 18-and-Under team. Last season, Head Coach Carolyn Condit coached our 16 Red team, 1st Assistant Coach Lisa Dankovich was a position coach for our setters, Paco worked with our outside hitters and defense, and Becky coached middle hitters and blocking. The Miami coaches will be involved with Borderline again for the 2001-2002 season, in capacities to be announced soon.

Our club leases facilities from Miami University and the Oxford Talawanda School District to conduct practices. We use these same facilities and those at Union County High and Middle Schools in Liberty, Indiana (just across the "Border") to host some of the biggest tournaments in the Ohio Valley Region. Hundreds of teams come to Oxford and vicinity each year for our events.

Borderline is a non-profit organization committed to the development of young people through the sport of volleyball (see our Mission Statement). Our goal is to offer a good training experience for every athlete involved in our program. We make every effort to keep fees for the program affordable for everyone. Borderline VBC also actively supports the efforts of any member of our program to continue playing the sport at the collegiate level. Being the best is giving your best!