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2016 Season ...

PC ends its 2016 season with a loss to SD City

SAN DIEGO (4-15-2016) – The Palomar men’s volleyball team ended its 2016 season season with a 25-14, 25-19, 25-20 loss to San Diego City College on Friday night at Harry West Gymnasium.

Chandler Matteson (11 kills) and Tyler Baker (10 digs) led the Comets statistically.

The Comets were impressive in a season-opening loss to Santa Barbara City College but never recovered from an early injury to their best player, freshman outside hitter Tyler Hedley.

PCC gets forfeit, then dominates OCC -- for 1 set

SAN MARCOS (4-12-2016) -- Palomar came out swinging against Pacific Coast Athletic Conference leader Orange Coast on Wednesday night at the Dome, dusting the Pirates 25-15 in the first set.

But the Comets' momentum disappeared at that point as Orange Coast came back to win three straight sets 25-10, 25-15, 25-16 to win 3 sets to 1.

The Pirates go to 19-2 on the season, 12-1 in the PCAC. The Comets, who picked up a 3-0 forfeit win over San Diego Miramar on the road on Tuesday when the Jets were one player short of putting a team on the court, are 2-14, 2-11.  

Tyler Baker (No. 8) spikes the ball for Palomar in the second set on Friday night at The Dome. Baker led the Comets with eight kills in a 3-0 loss to the six-time California state champions. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comeback is too little, too late as Rustlers win

SAN MARCOS (4-08-2016) – Palomar battled back in the third set in the Comets’ home Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men’s volleyball matchup with powerhouse Golden West on Friday night in The Dome.

But it turned out to be a matter of too little, too late.

The visiting Rustlers won 25-19, 25-17, 25-21.

In the final set the Comets fell behind, then battled back to within one point twice as Golden West got up to 20 points. Again, Palomar couldn’t quite get over the hump.

Chandler Matteson and Tyler Baker led the Comts with eight kills apiece. Adam Roberts led in digs with 11, followed by Baker with eight.

Carston Nyenhuis (left) rejects a Mesa spike, while Palomar teammate Chandler Matteson (right) delivers a kill, both in set 2 of Wednesday night's match at The Dome. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC plays strong match but can't get over hump

SAN MARCOS (4-06-2016) -- Palomar turned in a strong effort against San Diego Mesa on Wednesday night in The Dome, but couldn't quite get over the hump and dropped a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match to the Olympians in four sets.

The Comets won the first set 27-25 as Carston Nyenhuis scored the final point. Tyler Baker's kill off Adam Roberts' assist had put Palomar on top 26-25 in a back-and-fourth set in which neither team ever led by more than two points.

In the ensuing three sets, Palomar took the lead early three times but couldn't hold on with Mesa coming back to win all three 25-22, 25-17 and 25-22, the latter when the Comets mounted a major comeback only to fall short.

Baker led Palomar with 16 kills with only three errors for a .351 hitting percentage. He also had a team-high 13 digs.

Nyenhuis, who continues to play better week-by-week after joining the team late from basketball, contributed 12 kills and hit .300. Roberts added 10 digs.

Comets give Griffins a decent test but lose in four

SAN MARCOS (3-30-2016) – Palomar’s freshman-dominated men’s volleytball team gave 2015 state semifinalist Grossmont a battle but dropped a 3-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to the Griffins on Wednesday night at The Dome.

The G-House won 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-17.

Chad Massey’s kill and back-to-back blocks by Carston Nyenhuis (left) helped bring the Comets to within striking distance in the third set, which Palomar finally won. Chandler Matteson’s ace serve eventually put the Comets in front 22-21 and they went on to outscore the Griffins the rest of the way 3-1.

Matteson led Palomar with 10 kills on the night. Tyler Baker had 12 digs and a .318 hitting percentage. Connor Bentley also contributed 12 digs.

In the top photo, Connor Bentley delivers a kill for Palomar on Wednesday night against San Diego City College at The Dome. Immediately above: Chandler Matteson (No. 6) contributes a block. Carston Nyenhuis is No. 30 next to Matteson. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets fade in third set in PCAC loss to Knights

SAN MARCOS (3-23-2016) -- Palomar's nearly all-freshman men's volleyball team played San Diego City College tough in the first two sets of their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match at The Dome on Wednesday night.

But the Comets faded in the third set as they were swept by the Knights 25-22, 25-21, 25-13.

Carston Nyenhuis, coach Bjorn Dahl's 6-foot-7, 200-pound middle blocker who finished his second basketball season for the Comets late last month and saw his first community college volleyball action last Friday at Orange Coast, made his home debut Wednesday with what Dahl felt was a solid performance.

Nyenhuis had five kills and four blocks.

Palomar has lost its sparkplug freshman outside hitter and leader, Tyler Hedley, who recently underwent a medical procedure on his knee and may be unable to return this season. Hedley had an auspicious start before the injury at first forced a switch to Libero and then sidelined him completely. Now, with him on the bench in street clothes, the Comets are running into problems attempting to adjust.

Orange Coast wins vs. Palomar in Costa Mesa

COSTA MESA (3-18-2016) -- Orange Coast, the state community college championship in 1991, 1994 and 2014, swept Palomar in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball on Friday afternoon at Peterson Gym.

Connor Matteson led the Comets with eight kills.

Golden West turns back Comets in 3-0 match

HUNTINGTON BEACH (3-16-2016) -- Golden West's 6-time state community college men's volleyball champions swept Palomar 25-12, 25-18, 25-14 in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match on Wednesday night in the Rustlers' gym.

Chandler Matteson led the Comets with five kills. Adam Roberts had eight assists and seven digs.

The Rustlers (11-2, 5-0), who are alone in first place in the PCAC standings, were led by Vincent Pizzuti with 12 kills. The Comets fall to 1-7 overall, 1-4 in conference.

Palomar drops a tough one 3 sets to 2 to Mesa

SAN DIEGO (3-11-2016) -- Palomar dropped a tough 25-14, 16-25, 25-19, 15-25, 15-9 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to host San Diego Mesa on Friday night.

For the Comets, Chandler Matteson, Tyler Baker and Connor Bentley each contributed 11 kills. Setter Adam Roberts totaled 36 assists. Jorge Leon had three service aces.

Palomar's Chandler Matteson (No. 6 in black) delivers a kill between Irvine Valley's Robert Ryley (No. 8) and Kyle Radecki (No. 15) on Wednesday night, putting the Comets up in the first set 11-10. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets come up short in strong third set

SAN MARCOS (3-09-2016) -- Palomar played Irvine Valley tough in the third set on Wednesday night in The Dome but couldn't get over the hump against the Lasers, who have won three state community college championships in the last decade.

Trailing in the final set 5-4, the Comets went on a 5-1 run to lead by four points 10-6, and after exchanging points again were on top by four at 11-7. But it turned out to be too little, too late, as Irvine Valley won the teams' Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match 25-20, 25-19, 25-21.

They led once in the first set 11-10 on Chandler Matteson kill, once in the second set 1-0 and once in third set, again 1-0, before making their one serious run of the night which fell short.

Coach Bjorn Dahl's Palomar squad tried to put together their second straight strong match, following a 3-2 loss when it nearly upset 2015 state semifinalist Grossmont over the weekend.

But, with outside hitter Tyler Hedley injured and having to play Libero to so Dahl could keep him on the court, it was not to be.

Matteson led Palomar with 10 kills. Adam Roberts, the Comets' setter, contributed five kills on dumps and hit .625. And Hedley had 13 digs.

Palomar will be on the road for its next three matches before returning home to face San Diego City College on Wednesday night, March 23. By then 6-foot-7 Carston Nyenhuis, who joined the team late from basketball, should be cleared to play and have time to get into the swing of things after a grade is posted and cleared.

Nyenhuis, who currently is watching from the bench in street clothes, is expected to give the Comets a major boost at the net to a team whose current biggest player (Matteson) is 6-foot-5 and whose next tallest player is 6-foot-3.

PC scares the G-House as Matteson comes up big

EL CAJON (3-4-2016) -- Chandler Matteson put down 16 kills on Friday night as Palomar's young men's volleyball team gave Grossmont, a 2015 state semifinalist, a scare before dropping a 3-2 decision.

The set scores were 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 15-13.

Connor Bentley (13) and Tyler Bentley (10) also were in double figures in kills for the Comets. Setter Adam Roberts contributed 46 assists and 26 digs.

The Griffins advanced to 5-1 (3-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) while the Comets fell to 1-4, 1-1.

Comets dominate first PCAC match start to finish

SAN MARCOS (3-02-2016) -- From Chandler Matteson's kill to give Palomar a 1-0 lead in the first set to Tyler Hedley's kill to end the match one hour, seven minutes later, the Comets dominated visiting San Diego Miramar in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball opener on Wednesday night.

Hedley led Palomar in kills (9) and digs (7) in the Comets' 25-20, 25-15, 25-12 victory.

Ahmed Khalil block for the 25th point finished off the Jets in set 2 and Matteson served six straight points as the Comets opened the third set by jumping on top 6-0.

Tyler Baker contributed three aces for Palomar (1-3 overall).

Hedley’s 17 kills lead Palomar but Pierce wins in 4

WOODLAND HILLS (2-24-2016) -- Tyler Hedley (left) put down 17 kills on Wednesday night but Palomar dropped a 25-23, 25-18, 24-26, 25-10 non-conference volleyball match on the road to Los Angeles Pierce.

Hedley also had 12 digs for the Comets (0-3).

Chandler Matteson and Tyler Baker each contributed 12 kills for Palomar. Connor Bentley had 12 digs, and setter Adam Roberts had 40 assists.

Coach Bjorn Dahl's Comets will be off until next Wednesday, March 2, when they play host to San Diego Miramar to open their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference season at The Dome. The match is slated for a 6 p.m. start.

Comets swept on the road in season opener

MOORPARK (2-17-2016) -- Moorpark swept Palomar in a non-conference match 25-15, 25-19, 25-20 on Thursday in a season-opening match.

Tyler Hedley led the Comets with nine kills. Chandler Matteson had eight kills. Connor Bentley contributed 13 digs, and Adams Roberts had 20 assists.

Comets drop home opener to Santa Barbara

SAN MARCOS (2-19-2016) -- Palomar dropped its home opener to Santa Barbara City College  25-19, 29-27, 25-21 on Friday night in a non-conference match at The Dome.

The Comets were unable to put away the second set after leading 24-19, and saw a furious rally fall short in the third set after coming back from a 21-12 deficit to pull to within 24-21.

Chandler Matteson led Palomar with 13 kills, while Tyler Hedley contributed 11 kills. Connor Bentley had 11 digs, with the Comets totaling 35 digs as a team.

2015 Season ...

Palomar ends its season on a winning note

SAN DIEGO (4-10-2015) -- 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.

TOP PHOTO: 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 packing. MIDDLE PHOTO: Bass, the Comets' captain, delivers a kill past the Knights' captain, Spenser Owens (10). DIRECTLY ABOVE: 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 Knights in home finale

SAN MARCOS (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 16 digs.

Palomar will close out the 2015 season on Friday at 6 p.m. at San Diego Miramar.

2016 Roster

No Name Pos Ht / Wt Yr High School (City) / Previous College
  2 Chad Massey MB 6-2  200 So Plano East Senior (Plano, TX)
  3 Ahmed Khalil MB 6-3  165 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
  6 Chandler Matteson OPP 6-5  190 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
  7  Mason Adams OPP 5-7  145 Fr Mission Vista (Oceanside, CA)
  8 Tyler Baker OH 6-1  168 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
  9 Adam Roberts S 6-3  170 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
10 Josh Weaver S 5-11 150 Fr La Sierra (Riverside, CA)
11 Tyler Hedley OH 6-0  180 Fr University City (San Diego, CA)
12 Connor Bentley L 6-0  140 Fr Carlsbad (Carlsbad, CA)
14 Jorge Leos DS/L 5-10 160 Fr Chaparral (Temecula, CA)
15 Daniel Bueno OH/OPP 6-0  180 Fr Orange Glen (Escondido, CA)
30 Carston Nyenhuis MB 6-7 200 Fr Vista (Vista, CA)
RS Ken Reyes S/L 5-7  150 So Escondido (Escondido, CA)

Head Coach: Bjorn Dahl. Assistant coach: Aaron Simmons

2016 Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/




Sat Jan 23 SD Miramar (scrimmage) The Dome ---- ----
Wed Feb 17 at Moorpark Raider Pavillion, Moorpark College Lost 0-3 (15-25, 19-25, 20-25) 0-1
Fri Feb 19 Santa Barbara City College The Dome Lost 0-3 (19-25, 27-29, 21-25) 0-2
Wed, Feb 24 at Los Angeles Pierce L.A. Pierce College Gym, Woodland Hills Lost 1-3 (23-25, 18-25, 26-24, 10-25) 0-3
Wed Mar 2 San Diego Miramar (PCAC) The Dome WON 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-12) 1-3, 1-0
Fri Mar 4 at Grossmont (PCAC) Griffin Gym, Grossmont College, El Cajon Lost 2-3 (19-25, 26-24, 21-25, 25-23, 13-15) 1-4, 1-1
Wed Mar 9 Irvine Valley (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (20-25, 19-25, 21-25) 1-5, 1-2
Fri Mar 11 at SD Mesa (PCAC) Mesa College Gym, San Diego Lost 0-3 (19-25, 25-15, 9-15) 1-6, 1-3
Wed Mar 16 at Golden West (PCAC) Golden West College Gym, Huntington Beach Lost 3-0 (12-25, 18-25, 14-25) 1-7, 1-4
Fri Mar 18  at Orange Coast (PCAC) Peterson Gym, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa Lost 0-3 (10-25, 14-25, 21-25) 1-8, 1-5
Wed Mar 23 San Diego City College (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (22-25, 21-25, 13-25) 1-9, 1-6
Wed Mar 30 Grossmont (PCAC) The Dome Lost 1-3 (20-25, 17-25, 25-22, 17-25) 1-10, 1-7 
Fri Apr 1 at Irvine Valley (PCAC) Irvine Valley College Gym, Irvine Lost 0-3 (12-25, 13-25, 17-25) 1-11, 1-8
Wed Apr 6 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) The Dome Lost 1-3 (27-25, 22-25, 17-25, 22-25) 1-12, 1-9
Fri Apr 8 Golden West (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (19-25, 17-25, 21-25) 1-13, 1-10
Tue Apr 12 at San Diego Miramar (PCAC) Miramar College Fieldhouse, San Diego WON 3-0 (Forfeit) 2-13, 2-10
Wed Apr 13 Orange Coast (PCAC) The Dome Lost 1-3 (25-15, 10-25, 25-15, 25-16) 2-14, 2-11
Fri, Apr 13 at San Diego City College (PCAC) Harry West Gymnasium, San Diego City College 6 p.m.  

Home matches listed in bold



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