2017 Season ...
Chandler Matteson (No. 7)
delivers a kill that cut an
early Mesa lead to 7-5 in the
first set of the teams' match on
Thursday at The Dome. Another
Matteson kill gave Palomar a
25-23 victory in the set, but
the Olympians came back to win
the match 3-2. -- Photo by Hugh
Comets fall in 5 sets at home
SAN MARCOS (4-06-2017) --
Palomar won the first set 25-23
on a kill by Chandler Matteson
but eventually dropped
Thursday's men's volleyball home
finale to visiting San Diego
Mesa in 5 sets.
The scores in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference match were
25-23, 25-18, 21-25, 25-21,
Matteson, Adam Soberon, Connor
Bentley and Quinn Burton were
standouts in defeat for the
Comets. It was the final home
match for sophomores Matteson,
Bentley and Ahmed Khalil.
The Comets will close the season
on Saturday at 6 p.m. at
PC wins 1st set 25-21 but Mesa
rallies to win
SAN DIEGO (3-22-2017) -- Palomar won the opening set on
the road vs. San Diego Mesa 25-21 in men's volleyball on
Wednesday night before the Olympians came back to win the last
three sets 25-21, 25-16, 25-20.
Chandler Matteson led the Comets with 10 kills and 5
blocks. Connor Bentley contributed 10 kills and 10 digs.
Cory Large led in digs with 14.
After strong first set, Comets fall
at El Camino
TORRANCE (3-08-2017) -- Palomar's men's volleyball team,
made up of a freshman-dominated roster, started fast and
battled El Camino before dropping a 25-22 opening set on
Wednesday evening in the Warriors' gym.
But El Camino came back to take the next 2 sets 25-10,
25-11 to sweep the Comets in a non-conference match.
Chandler Matteson again led Palomar with 11 kills. Keyen
Bentley had 6 kills. Quinn Burton added 24 assists.
Bentley's 17 kills help lift PC to
ORANGE (2-25-2017) -- Keven Bentley
put down 17 kills on Wednesday
evening as Palomar's men's
volleyball team defeated host
Santiago Canyon in a non-conference match 25-16,
21-25, 25-18, 25-23.
Also for the Comets, Chandler
Matteson delivered 11 kills and
seven blocks. Adam Soberon had nine
No. 1 Irvine Valley turns back
MARCOS (2-16-2017) -- After suffering its first loss
of 2017 to NCAA Division II Concordia University of
Irvine, CCCAA State No. 1-ranked Irvine bounced back on
Thursday evening at The Dome with a 3-0 sweep of
The set scored were
25-22, 25-22, 25-18 in a hotly-contested match.
Chandler Matteson (left)
knocked down 17 kills with only 2 errors for the Comets.
Keyen Bentley contributed 11 kills.
Palomar, which lost to
then No. 1-ranked and defending state champion Long
Beach City College to open the season, falls to 1-4.
Irvine Valley is 4-1.
PC gives new coach Campbell1st
LOS ANGELES (2-10-2017)
-- Palomar went on the road and gave former Comet Bryan
Campbell his first victory as the college's men's
volleyball coach on Friday evening, defeating Los
Angeles Trade Tech 25-13, 25-20, 25-20.
Keyen Bentley led the
Comets with 10 kills and a .900 hitting percentage.
Chandler Matteson had nine kills and nine digs. Quinn
Burton contributed 25 assists. And Ahmed Khalil
hit .750 and also had three blocks.
2015 Season ...
Palomar ends season on a winning note
Kyle Bass (left) and David
Maguire (right) combined for 29 kills on Friday
night as Palomar closed out the men's volleyball
season with a four-set victory.
The Comets came back after a marathon loss in the
first set to defeat San Diego Miramar 32-34, 25-19,
25-17, 25-20 at the Miramar College Fieldhouse.
Bass, in his final match as a Comet, put down 17
kills and he also had eight digs. Maguire had 12
kills and six total blocks (five solo).
Erik Reider was third high in kills for Palomar with
nine. He had three errors and 15 attempts for a .400
kill percentage. Jacob Stokes had four blocks, all
solo. Daniel Kerzie contributed 40 assists. The
Comets finished the season 8-9, 6-8 in the Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference.
Palomar's Kyle Bass (2) rejects a spike by San Diego
City College's Jordan Walley (19) for one of his
three total blocks as the Comets win in three sets
25-19, 25-17, 25-21 in their home finale on
Wednesday at The Dome. Bass took control of the
match late in the third set by delivering kills for
the night's final three points to send the Knights
MIDDLE PHOTO: Bass, the
Comets' captain, delivers a kill past the Knights'
captain, Spenser Owens (10). DIRECTLY
The Comets' sophomores celebrate the sweep in their
final match in the Dome playing together. Left to
right are Matt Jones (3), Seth Shaler (7), Daniel
Kerzie (1), Bass (2) and Jacob Stokes (10). --
Photos by Hugh Cox
Bass, Comets spank City in home finale
(4-08-2015) -- In what turned into a
memorable night for five sophomores playing for the
final time at The Dome, Palomar swept visiting San
Diego City College 25-19, 25-17, 25-21 on Wednesday
in the sophomore's last-ever home match.
It was an especially memorable night for Kyle Bass,
the Comets' 6-foot-2 sophomore outside hitter and
team captain. Bass led the winners with 14 kills and
three total blocks. He delivered a kill for the
final point in the second set. And he took over
complete control of the match in the third and final
set, skying in the air to pound kills past the
Knights for Palomar's 23rd, 24th and 25th points.
Bass, who helped lead Cathedral Catholic High School
to three consecutive CIF San Diego Section
championships in 2010, 2011 and 2012, played for
Palomar as a freshman in 2013. He sat out last
season, and returned for his sophomore season this
year and is averaging 3.28 kills per set, more than
one-third of the Comets' team total. He also coaches
teams in the Coast Volleyball Club.
Bass' kill average ranks him 12th in the state and
seventh in the PCAC, a conference that in men's
volleyball includes three Orange County powerhouses
(Orange Coast, Irvine Valley and Golden West) that
have won three of the last four state championships
-- and have combined for 14 state titles between
them. A fourth conference member, Grossmont, was
state runner-up in 2011 and 2013.
Two other sophomores had big nights for the Comets
against the Knights. Jacob Stokes, a middle blocker
from Escondido Charter High School, was second in
kills for Palomar with six. Daniel Kerzie, the
Comets' setter out of San Marcos High, contributed
Palomar will close out the 2015 season on Friday at
6 p.m. at San Diego Miramar.