Camarillo has its way on the road against rival Oxnard

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Camarillo High's Evan Yoshimoto, right, outreaches Oxnard's Erick Ekstrom during a Pacific View League boys volleyball match. Camarillo won the match in three sets. © Joseph A. Garcia/VC Star
The rivalry between the Camarillo and Oxnard boys’ volleyball teams was suspended for a night on Thursday.

Well, it wasn’t technically suspended, but it just wasn’t the competitive match that it normally is.

Camarillo made quick work of its Pacific View League foe, getting season highs in kills from both Evan Yoshimoto (18) and Danny Reilly (13) in a 3-0 victory at Oxnard High, 25-18, 25-20 and 25-20.

Camarillo (18-2, 4-0) continued on its roll toward the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 playoffs, certainly maintaining its current No. 5 seed with the impressive showing.

“We have short term goals, and that is to be 1-0 at the end of every game,” said Camarillo coach Rob Vandermay. “Then we have long term goals to win league, and very long term goals to go deep into playoffs. We know if we falter in a game like tonight we will lose our good seeding.”

Vandermay was still worried playing at Oxnard against a longtime rival and a coach with a resume like Pat Casey. But Camarillo’s army of hitters made sure that the stumble didn’t occur. Yoshimoto and Reilly led the charge, but middle blocker Jordan McGinley also had eight kills, outside hitter Shaun York had seven and outside hitter Christian Vanouwerkerk had four.

All the weapons made for a big night for setter Jesse Flitt, who had 38 assists. Flitt often had his choice of finding York on the opposite, Yoshimoto coming up from the rear or lifting the ball ever so slightly at the night to a charging Reilly, keeping Oxnard’s smallish front line off balance all night.

“Camarillo is big, they hit very well, they’re just a typical Camarillo team that is very good on offense,” said Oxnard coach Pat Casey. “Their hitters are just locked and ready to go.”

If it looked like Oxnard had a chance to win one of the games, it was when they closed to gap to 20-16 in the first game, 20-18 in the second and 19-15 in the third. But each time Camarillo got a crucial sideout to kill the rally, usually in the form of a momentum-shifting thunderous spike.

“There were times where we there and then we would make a silly mistake and then they would go on a run,” said Casey. “We would give away two or three points each set and you can’t do that against a good team like they are and expect to win.”

Camarillo let Oxnard hang around in each of those in part because of its terrible serving game. Camarillo had 16 service errors on the night, hindering its ability to go on longer runs and making the other areas of the game that much more important to control.

“We work on serves all the time but we got to get better,” said Vandermay. “We were fortunate that all of the other aspects of our game were clicking tonight.”

“They missed a lot of serves and it kept us in the game,” said Casey. “But we just couldn’t capitalize.”

Setter Nathan Sanchez led Oxnard with 24 assists, 12 digs and five kills. Outside hitter Erick Ekstrom registered seven kills.

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