Oregon City volleyball: Paige Thies hitting a high note for Pios
Paige Thies is already a bona fide star.
The Oregon City High School sophomore is a standout hitter on the volleyball team, a role she has played since stepping onto the high school campus last year.
In fact, Thies already may be the most dangerous offensive player in the state. Per head coach Erica Frafjord, Thies has accounted for 375 kills and is hitting at an average just over .400 for the season — a mark the coach calls "outstanding."
"Paige is a dynamic player who has made an impact since she first started playing here," Frafjord said. "She terminates the ball on a consistent basis really well. She's also an excellent server, serving over 90% with 40 aces, so she is just a dynamic player all around."
Frafjord added: "I advocate that she's the best player in our league currently."
Thies' contributions to the team go beyond her skills on the court, too. Frafjord notes the sophomore's personality also has helped keep things loose this season.
"She's just a lot of fun," said Frafjord of how Thies' personality fits into the team. "She's funny, she goofs off. She's just a fun kid. It makes my job easier."
So, how did this sophomore get so good so fast?
"I've been lifting weights and doing privates (individual volleyball lessons)," Thies said. "I do them multiple times a week, and it's really been helping. I put a lot of time into it and a lot of work."
Outside of her starring role on the OCHS team, Thies has been playing club volleyball for Northwest Pacific Juniors since sixth grade.
"I've really loved it," said Thies of playing on the NPJ team. "It's been like a family to me."
Thies added that the NPJ family has helped her develop into the player she is today.
"I'm really grateful for my trainer, Rocky," she said. "He's been helping me build muscle and get a higher vertical. Adam Ellis is our NPJ club director, and I do privates with him. He's helped me so much on my college journey."
When it comes to Thies' college future, the sophomore noted that she has looked into some colleges, but she is still making up her mind. Thankfully, she has plenty of time to do so.
If she continues on her current trajectory, landing on a college team should be no problem for Thies. According to the PrepDig recruiting rankings for Oregon, the sophomore is rated as the No. 2 high school player in the Class of 2025.
All of that is still years in the future, though. Right now, Thies is focusing on helping the Pioneers go as far as possible this year.
After defeating Tualatin on Thursday, Oct. 20, Oregon City capped an undefeated season in the Three Rivers League, winning all 12 matches and dropping just one set in league play. Last year, the Pioneers made it to the quarterfinals at the state tournament. This time, they hope to go even further.
With a player like Paige Thies in the fold, the Pioneers have good reason to believe that they will go further — perhaps even all the way to a state title.
"I would like her to help us lead Oregon City to a first state championship for the volleyball program," Frafjord said. "That would be very exciting for her to lead our community in that direction."
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