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Home-schooled athlete finds a way to achieve her collegiate dreams

August 27th, 2015 4:30 pm by Collin Brooks

Home-schooled athlete finds a way to achieve her collegiate dreams

Fall Branch native Megan Morelock had to search for the path, but once she put ink to paper, the journey was well worth it.

A former KACHEA volleyball player and Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club member, Morelock signed to continue her volleyball career at King University a couple of weeks ago.

The road to college athletics wasn’t a normal one for Morelock, who was homeschooled from kindergarten until graduation. And while it was always a goal of hers to play college athletics, not being able to play for a public school, Morelock said she was worried that the day would never come.

“My dream was always to play college and I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to get there from being a home schooler,” Morelock said. “You're not put in the spotlight like most public kids are.

“But I have the Lord to thank for that. He put me in the place that I needed to be and made my dreams come true.”

Morelock, a middle blocker, started playing volleyball for KACHEA (Kingsport Area Christian Home Education Association) in the sixth grade and finished her career there, while also joining a travel team, Northeast Tennessee Volleyball Club, during her final two years of high school. She joined the NETVC to fill the void that she felt without volleyball during the offseason, but she also became a member of the team in order to play at different tournaments and to get more exposure.

That, however, wasn’t a sure ticket to the next level, as it also took a lot of leg work by Morelock and her family to get noticed. They called different coaches to try and draw attention to her skills.

Even with all of the extra work, Morelock said she wouldn’t change her path.

“I loved it,” Morelock said of being homeschooled. “I’ve always been a homebody so I did enjoy that. I loved being around my family all the time.”

She also mentioned that the extra time she had to work on her game was nice, but the most appealing part might of been the extra sleep she was allowed.

It wasn’t like she was sleeping all the time though, which is evident by her 3.98 GPA during her high school career. During her final year, she was also dual enrolled at Northeast State Community College where she finished with a 4.0.

Besides her skills in the classroom and on the court, Morelock still finds time to be an active volunteer at her church, Cornerstone Fellowship of Fall Branch, where her father Harold Morelock is the senior pastor.

Having the complete package was appealing to King, as they awarded her a rare full academic ride to their institution.

Now, with school right around the corner, it isn’t the classroom or moving away from home that she is worried about.

“I’m not really worried about the academics, as much as I am worried about the pace of volleyball; it's a lot quicker,” Morelock said.

But she will definitely be busy in the classroom as well, as she plans on majoring in Pediatric Nursing during her time at King University.

While her focus will be concentrated on what lies before her, she hopes that she will be able to blaze a trail behind her, so that anyone who thinks it isn’t possible to play college sports after home school will have an example to follow.

“I would just tell people to not ever quit and never give up,” Morelock said. “In the back of your mind, you're like ‘Man, I’m homeschooled and I don’t know if I can do this.’ But if you try your best and work your butt off, you can do it.”

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