No. 4 Oregon City volleyball beats No. 20 Grant in straight sets
The Oregon City Pioneers are blazing a trail westward to Forest Grove.
After defeating No. 20 Grant in straight sets on Saturday, Oct. 29, No. 4 Oregon City secured its spot in the 6A quarterfinals at Forest Grove High School next weekend. In the first round on Wednesday, Oct. 26, the Pioneers dropped a set to No. 29 North Medford, but they ran into no such trouble over the weekend.
Oregon City overwhelmed the Generals with their energy, effort and communication, winning 25-13, 25-19, 25-11 in a match that never really made the home team worry. Sophomore Paige Thies led the Pioneers' high-octane offense with 19 kills, but everyone on the team was contributing all over the court during the win over Grant.
"The team got the win today because we gave 110% effort," junior middle blocker Brooke Williams said. "Our communication was through the roof, and we were throwing ourselves down for every ball. It was so worth it because now we're going to state."
"It was really our energy overall," said libero Sam Keightley, the team's only senior. "Having a fast offense really helped us. We knew we wanted to win, and we came together and reached our goal."
"I'm so excited," said Keightley of the team's qualification to the final championship site in her final year in the red and black. "I'm really happy that it's this team, that we get to go."
Williams echoed that excitement, especially when thinking ahead to playing under the bright lights.
"I'm so excited to play in a giant gymnasium and have a ton of people come and watch," said the junior. "Just to have fun and have a lot of people cheering us on."
As for the goal for Oregon City now, Williams noted that the Pioneers are essentially playing with house money.
"This is the furthest that we've ever gone," she explained. "Obviously, our goal is to win. My goal is just to have fun and work well as a team, which we have been and are going to keep doing."
Just in case the spotlight isn't enough to get the Pioneers' blood pumping for the final rounds of the playoffs, Keightley noted the team has some tricks up its sleeve.
"We're going to make sure we listen to hype music before," she said. "We're going to make sure everyone stays together as a team and is in it together."
Oregon City will face No. 5 Nelson in the quarterfinals of the OSAA 6A Volleyball State Championship tournament Friday, Nov. 4, 8 a.m., on Court 2 at Forest Grove High School. The semifinal round will be played at 6:30 p.m. Friday night, with consolation rounds and medal matches to follow respectively at 8 a.m. and noon Saturday, Nov. 5. The OSAA 6A Volleyball State Championship Game will begin at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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