Camarillo sweeps Rio Mesa to stay perfect in PVL

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Camarillo High won a seesaw third game that culminated with a kill by Brandon Tran to give the Scorpions a three-game sweep of rival Rio Mesa in a battle of undefeated Pacific View League boys volleyball teams on Thursday night at Rio Mesa High.

“I got the same winning block (against Rio Mesa) last year, so it was cool getting it again,” said Tran, a senior middle blocker who had nine kills and six blocks in the victory.

Camarillo defeated Rio Mesa 25-18, 25-15 and 25-23 to remain atop the league. The Scorpions are also the top-ranked team in the CIF-Southern Section Division 3.

Camarillo (20-5-1, 5-0) won the first two games without much suspense, despite a high level of play from Rio Mesa. Even though the Scorpions prevailed in the third game, the Spartans showed resiliency that should benefit them the rest of the season.

Rio Mesa (9-9, 4-1) had leads of 14-11 and 18-16 in the final game. But Camarillo fought back and utilized great defense to outscore Rio Mesa 9-5 to finish off the match.

“We came out with incredible intensity in the first set, but it tapered off a little bit in the second set and more in the third set,” Camarillo coach Rob Vandermay said. “You give a quality team a little bit of hope and it can come back and bite you.

“I think a couple of players had the resolve to say, ‘No, we want to finish this in three (games).’ They kind of put a little more effort into it at the end and I was proud of how they fought through it.”

Camarillo’s Davis Keairns had six straight service points as the Scorpions increased a five-point lead to 18-9 in Game 1. Rio Mesa’s Sean Bisnett, a senior outside hitter, tried to keep his team in the game, but Tran’s two kills completed the 25-18 win.

“It was a good learning experience,” Bisnett said. “It’s always tough to lose to Camarillo, but I know we’re going to come out firing our next match. It’s always tough getting swept, but that third game could have gone either way. It was a very fun game.”

Bisnett led Rio Mesa with 10 kills. Alex Ah Sue had nine kills and two aces. Robert Espana had 14 digs. Josiah Roque had six kills. Erick Zambrano had three blocks.

For Camarillo, Owen Yoshimoto had 15 kills. Matt Yoshimoto had 31 assists. Chris Salas had 17 digs and 13 service points. Tran had nine kills and six blocks. Keairns had 14 service points.

“Rio is always our rival, so we came here expecting a lot,” Owen Yoshimoto said. “We played really well, but we let up (in the third game). But it’s always fun playing Rio Mesa.”

Camarillo led only 17-14 in Game 2, but pulled away by scoring eight of the game’s final nine points.

“In Game 3 we finally loosened up, mentally,” Rio Mesa coach Jeff Holloway said. “Our setter (BVD Ortiz) finally relaxed, and once we play within ourselves, I think that’s what we’re capable of doing.”

“We still get them again,” Holloway added, looking ahead to when the Spartans play at Camarillo High on April 30. “That will still matter a lot as long as we don’t make any mistakes the next four games. We’ve still got a shot at sharing the league title.”

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