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The Pioneers and Lions both sweep to wins in their Class 6A state playoff openers.

In the first round of the Class 6A state volleyball playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, local victors included the teams from Clackamas, Oregon City, West Linn and Nelson.

See the story on Clackamas' win over Lake Oswego here.

Oregon City def. Lincoln

The Pioneers beat Lincoln 25-18, 25-18, 25-7 in their playoff opener at Oregon City High School. With the win, No. 7 Oregon City (the Three Rivers League runner-up) won for the second time in its last three matches and improved to 19-7 overall. No. 26 Lincoln (the third-place team from the Portland Interscholastic League) lost for the fourth time in its final five matches and closed its year at 13-9.

After two competitive sets — the Pios led by senior Emma Pruitt and freshman Paige Theis — Pruitt served 15 straight points to give her team a huge lead in its 25-7 third-set clincher.

Theis had 12 kills and hit a .423, Pruitt had 10 kills and hit a .500, sophomore Olivia Adamo had eight kills and hit a .500, while junior libero    Samantha Keightley and senior defensive specialist Dimitra Protopapas passed exceptionally well in both serve receive and defense.

West Linn def. David Douglas

The Lions opened their playoff run with a 25-12, 25-12, 25-20 win over David Douglas at West Linn High School.

With the win, No. 1 West Linn (the Three Rivers League champion) won for the eighth time in a row and improved to 24-2 overall. No. 32 David Douglas (the fourth-place team from the Mt. Hood Conference) lost for the third time in its final four matches and closed its year at 8-11.

The Lions' biggest streak of the match was an 11-1 run at the start of the second set.

Senior libero Audrey Shih led the team with nine digs and passed a 2.5. Junior outside hitter Amyah Semau led the team with 12 kills while hitting a .346. Senior middle blocker Ella Nordquist had seven kills, hit a .778 with two blocks. And senior middle blocker Rayna Reynolds had 10 kills and hit a .643 with one block.


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