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Prep volleyball: Hart lets one get away

Indians drop back-and-forth game two, then the match

Posted: March 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: March 2, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Hart’s Tanner Tangberg (21) attempts a kill as Camarillo defenders Satbir Dhaliwal (15) and Evan Yoshimoto (13) try to block Thursday at Hart High.

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As Hart and Camarillo battled back and forth at the end of the second game, it seemed as though the winner would swing momentum for good.

Once Camarillo wrestled away that game, it wrestled away the match.

The Indians started strongly but struggled to play well consistently the rest of the way and fell to the visiting Scorpions 3-1 on Thursday at Hart High School.

Camarillo won by scores of 18-25, 29-27, 25-22 and 25-20.

“They played very steady all match long,” said Hart head coach Kevin Ker. “We were sporadic.”

That included a solid performance in the first game. The Indians (0-2) came out with more energy than Camarillo and shot out to a 10-4 lead thanks in part to unforced errors by the Scorpions (1-1).

There was a good reason Camarillo committed those errors. According to head coach Rob Vandermay, the Scorpions lost their starting setter to a foot injury earlier in the day, their No. 2 outside hitter to a club soccer commitment and their starting setter to lost contact lenses early in the first game.

“We only had a couple of minutes to get ready for the match with those guys out,” Vandermay said. “We had a little trouble adjusting, but once we got into rhythm we were fine.”

Despite winning the first game, the Indians committed several unforced errors early in the second game and fell behind 4-0. Later, Camarillo took a 19-16 lead but Hart rallied to tie the score.

From there, the teams traded the next 17 points before the Camarillo block sent the ball back into Hart’s side for the winning point.

“I had that feeling, whoever won that game would swing the match,” Vandermay said.

The Indians played well in spurts over the final two games, but decisive runs in each game gave the Scorpions too steep an advantage.

In the third game, five straight points pushed their lead to 22-15, and while Hart cut the lead to 24-22, it couldn’t rally all the way back.

In the fourth game, Hart won three straight points on the serve of Chris Leclair to cut Camarillo’s lead to 16-12, but Camarillo was able to hold on.

“We dug holes in games three and four, and we couldn’t dig our way out of it,” Ker said.

Leclair had 31 assists and 11 digs, and put his hitters in good positions with solid sets all night. Tanner Tengberg had a team-high 10 kills to go along with two aces, while David Van Name added nine kills.

Rhett Almond and Nick Ramirez each tallied seven kills, with Ramirez also had three aces.

Ker said his team struggled to contain Camarillo’s Evan and Owen Yoshimoto, who combined to finish with 18 kills and 31 assists.

“We couldn’t find a way to stop them,” he said. “We’ve got to start finding ways to identify dominant hitters. We call it having better volleyball IQ.”

J.T. McGinley added 10 kills and three blocks for the Scorpions, while Richard Martin led the team with 15 digs.

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