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Nation Ford graduate Megan Thees has created her on path in the sport of volleyball despite her parents influence in both softball and baseball.

FORT MILL – Being the child of a coach is hard. Nation Ford graduate Megan Thees knows all too well.

Thees, 17, has made her own path in athletics. Coming to Nation Ford from Utah for the final two years of her high school career, Thees was part of two state volleyball championships and will be taking her talents Due West – literally to Erskine College.

“I fell in love with the campus and the program,” Thees said.

The Thees family came to Fort Mill from Utah because Megan’s mother, Windy, was hired as Winthrop University head softball coach from Utah State. Her father, Michael, is a former minor league baseball player as part of the Oakland A’s organization.

“My family always wanted me to have fun with sports,” she said.

Thees had always played a multitude of sports growing up including volleyball and softball. She has played volleyball for the past 10 years.

“I had always played a lot of sports growing up, but I really loved volleyball,” she said.

Being the child of a coach, Thees said she felt pressure to succeed at softball, but gave up the sport to follow her own love of volleyball.

“It was nice for me to be able to build my own path,” she said.

Before moving to South Carolina, Thees’ high school team in Utah finished as runners-up in the state volleyball championships her sophomore year. During her time at Nation Ford, she was part of back-to-back state titles with the Falcons.

“It was super cool to be apart of that,” she said.

Thees was recruited by schools in both South Carolina and Utah. Locally, she was recruited by Coker University and in Utah, she was recruited by Utah State and Snow College. She also looked at Dixie State and Weber State in Utah as well. She plans on majoring in pre-med biochemistry.

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