Camarillo loses in four games in CIF boys volleyball semifinal

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Four net violations in the opening game was not the way the Camarillo High boys’ volleyball team wanted to start its first CIF semifinal in seven years.

“That’s more than we usually have in an entire match,” said Camarillo coach Rob Vandermay. “We probably came out a little bit too amped up.”

Despite settling down with a strong third game, the host Scorpions could not dig out of a two-game hole, falling in four games to No. 2-seeded Valley Christian Tuesday night in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3 semifinals, 25-19, 25-22, 22-25, 25-18.

“That team is just too good to make mistakes like that,” said Vandermay.

Senior setter Jesse Flitt had 36 assists, senior outside hitter Christian vanOuwerkerk had a team-high 11 kills and Jose Rojas added nine digs for No. 3-seed Camarillo (27-3), which saw its 17-match winning streak snapped.

“Valley Christian is a good team, in many ways a mirror image of our team,” said Vandermay. “No holes. No weaknesses… They just outplayed us a little bit tonight.

“We couldn’t slow them enough. We couldn’t block them enough. We made some uncharacteristics mistake.”

It added up to Camarillo’s first loss in a best-of-5 match since March 9.

Junior opposite Evan Yoshimoto had 10 kills and senior middle blocker Danny Reilly added eight kills for Camarillo.

“Our guys fought,” said Vandermay. “They battled. They never gave up. I’m really proud of their effort. I loved coaching this team… We just ended up on a short end of it.”

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