Camarillo advances to CIF semifinals

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Camarillo High senior middle blocker Danny Reilly, left, and junior opposite Evan Yoshimoto meet at the net during Wednesday's workout. © Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers
The 2003 CIF volleyball championship banner adorns a wall of the Scorpion Dome at Camarillo High.

Eight years later, the current Camarillo volleyball team is intent on adding another banner.

The Scorpions took a big step toward that goal Saturday afternoon with a three-game sweep of visiting Arcadia (25-18, 25-22, 25-10) in the quarterfinals of the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs.

Camarillo methodically worked its way past Arcadia as the Scorpions advance to the semifinals on Tuesday for the first time since 2004.

The Scorpions, whose record improves to a school-record 27-2, won the Pacific View League this spring with a 10-0 league record after finishing third the previous two years.

Last season, Camarillo exited the playoffs in the first round. This season, Camarillo coach Rob Vandermay said his team came in focused and ready.

It’s showing.

Camarillo ran out to a 7-3 lead in game one off a kill from Evan Yoshimoto. Arcadia (22-10) pulled within 7-6 on a kill from Garwing Lai, which led to a Camarillo timeout. The Scorpions regained control with a 4-1 run for an 11-7 lead and eventual 25-18 game one win.

Game two proved to be the difference between Arcadia extending the match four or five games and Camarillo finishing it in three.

The Scorpions led 4-1 before Arcadia evened it at eight with a 7-4 run. From there, the two teams stayed within a point of each other until it was 20-20. A hitting error by Arcadia and kill from Jesse Flitt made it 22-20 and gave Camarillo the breathing room it needed for a 25-22 game two win.

Camarillo reeled off the first five points of game three and led 16-4 midway through on the way to a 25-10 match-clinching game three win.

“We’ve been getting ready for this all year and now that it’s finally here we keep progressing and progressing,” Camarillo’s Danny Reilly said.

The Scorpions sometimes inconsistent serve came through in game three with three aces, including the final point by Reilly.

“When we’re on and the guys are feeling comfortable it’s just one more of our weapons which makes this team difficult to beat,” Vandermay said.

Camarillo’s evenly spread attack featured nine kills from Christian vanOuwerkerk, eight apiece from Shaun York and Yoshimoto, seven from Reilly and six from Flitt.

“We have six offensive weapons at anytime on the court and that made the difference,” Vandermay said.

Reilly had four blocks, while J.T. McGinley had six and two aces. Flitt had 31 assists.

“They played a little better defense,” Arcadia coach Charles Freberg said. “They read us better. They saw us better. They made very few service errors when it counted. They were able to score points off our block.

“It’s a whole bunch of things. They’re just a better team.”

Camarillo advances to face the winner of Saturday’s match between Valley Christian and Torrance.

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