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2015 Comets

(PHOTO BY HUGH COX)

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.

Comets put up a fight but lose to co-leaders in 4

SAN MARCOS (3-25-2015) -- Palomar put up a fight but eventually lost 26-24, 25-15, 17-25, 25-18 to Irvine Valley's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference co-leaders on Wednesday night at The Dome.

Palomar led 23-19 after a point by Matt Jones (left) late in the first set but couldn't finish off the visitors.

After eventually losing the set 26-24, the Comets appeared to lose their focus in the second set, but came roaring back in set No. 3 to open up a 21-9 lead and eventually win the set on a David Maguire kill.

In the fourth set, Palomar led early 2-0 on points by McGuire and Erik Reider but Irvine Valley went ahead moments later and led the rest of the way.

The Comets (6-6, 4-5 in conference) were led by Jacob Stokes, who had 11 kills with 0 errors on 18 attempts for a .668 hitting percentage.

Reider had nine kills with 0 errors on 16 attempts for a .562 hitting percentage. Jones finished with 12 digs and Justin Ramos added 9 digs.

The Lasers are tied with Grossmont, which swept San Diego Miramar on Wednesday, for the conference lead with 9-1 records. Defending state champion Orange Coast is just in back of the leaders at 8-1 after sweeping Golden West.

Reider puts down 20 kills as PC holds off Jets

SAN MARCOS (3-18-2015) -- Led by Erik Reider's 20 kills, Palomar outlasted San Diego Miramar 20-25, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 16-14 in men's volleyball on Wednesday night at The Dome.

Reider had only 3 errors on 32 attempts for a .521 hitting percentage. Jacob Stokes contributed 14 kills with 0 errors on 22 attempts for a .636 hitting percentage.

Matt Jones had 13 digs and setter Daniel Kerzie had 56 assists.

The Comets won the second set on Reider's kill off Kerzie's set and won the third set when Kyle Bass tapped the ball over the net for the 25th point.

The deciding point in the fifth and deciding set came when Miramar hit the ball out shortly after Bass' kill that had put the Comets in front 15-14.

Palomar is 6-5 on the season, 4-4 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

2nd-place Griffins hold off Comets in three sets

SAN MARCOS (3-16-2015) -- Palomar dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-21) Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball decision to Grossmont on Monday night at The Dome.

Kyle Bass led the Comets in kills with 7, and Matt Jones added 6 kills. Justin Ramos, moving into the starting lineup at Libero, contributed 7 digs.

The Griffins moved to 6-1 in the PCAC and are in second place behind defending state champion Orange Coast. The Comets are 5-5 on the season, 3-4 in conference.

Palomar turns back San Diego City College 3-1

SAN DIEGO (3-13-2015) -- The Palomar men's volleyball team defeated San Diego City College C on Friday night at the Knights' Harry West Gymnasium.

The Comets are 5-4 overall and 3-3 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

ABOVE: Palomar's Erik Reider pulls Palomar to within one point 24-23 in the third set against defending state champion Orange Coast on Wednesday night at The Dome. Daniel Kerzie (No .1) set Reider. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW: Matt Jones, who had 15 digs for the Comets

2014 state champion Coast turns back Comets

SAN MARCOS (3/11/2015) -- 2014 state community college men's volleyball champion Orange Coast completely had its way in the first set against Palomar on Wednesday night at The Dome, winning easily 25-13.

The Comets came to life after that, but it turned out to be too little, too late as the Pirates went on to win in three sets 25-13, 25-21, 25-23.

Palomar came oh-so-close in set No. 3, jumping on top 4-0, leading on-and-off and never falling behind by more than four points.

Erik Reider's kill pulled Palomar to within a point at 24-23 but Orange Coast won the set and the match when a Palomar player was called for throwing the ball, giving the Pirates the final point.

"They're probably the best team and we got better as the match went on," Palomar coach Bjorn Dahl said.

Kyle Bass led the Comets with 11 kills, while Reider had five kills. Matt Jones (left) contributed 15 digs.

Orange Coast has won eight matches in a row after starting the year 0-3. The Pirates are now 8-3, 5-0 in conference. The Comets are 4-4, 2-3.

PC acknowledges support, sweep '13 state champ

SAN MARCOS (3-06-2015) -- Receiving tumultuous support from the Palomar sand volleyball team and from the Paloma Valley High School boys team from Menifee, which was at the Dome to back PC freshman outside hitter and former Wildcats teammate Justin Ramos, the Comets' men's team battled its way to a big victory on Friday night.

Coach Bjorn Dahl's Comets came from seven points down in the fourth set to snag a 25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference victory over 2013 CCCAA state champion Golden West.

The victory puts the Comets over .500 on the season at 4-3 and evens their PCAC record at 2-2 in a conference that also includes 2014 state champion Orange Coast, their next opponent  Wednesday night at home.

David Maguire won the match for Palomar when he tapped the ball just over the net in front of two Golden West players to finish off the Rustlers 27-25 in the fourth set.

Kyle Bass (above left) again led the Comets statistically with 17 kills. He had only three errors on 40 attempts to finish the night with a .350 hitting percentage.

And it was Bass whose kill finally pulled the Comets even at 24-24 after they'd trailed in the set 16-9.

Also for Palomar, Matt Jones (above right) contributed 11 kills and 16 digs. Setter Daniel Kerzie led the Comets in digs with 18.

Erik Reider delivers a kill for Palomar in the third set of the Comets' 3-0 victory over San Diego Mesa on Wednesday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Palomar sweeps Mesa for first conference win

SAN MARCOS (3-04-2015) -- Palomar disposed of San Diego Mesa 3-0 on Wednesday at The Dome for its first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball victory.

The Comets won 25-18, 25-20, 25-22 to even their season record at 3-3. Coach Bjorn Dahl's team is 1-2 in the PCAC.

Erik Reider recorded 6 kills with 0 errors on seven attempts for an .857 hitting percentage to lead the Comets.

Matt Jones contributed 6 kills with 0 errors on 8 attempts for a .750 percentage. Jones had three service errors.

Bass (21 kills, 21 digs) ignites PC over Pierce

SAN MARCOS (2-20-2015) -- Palomar won for the second time in three men's volleyball matches on Friday night, outlasting Los Angeles Pierce 3-2 in a non-conference match at The Dome.

Kyle Bass (left) again led coach Bjorn Dahl's team with 21 kills and 21 digs. Matt Jones had 17 kills and 20 digs, and David Maguire contributed 2.5 blocks.

The set scores were 25-21, 13-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-12.

Palomar will return to action on Wednesday, March 4, when the Comets host San Diego Mesa, beginning at 6 p.m.

Comets outlast Moorpark in 5 in home opener

SAN MARCOS (2-13-2015) -- Setter Daniel Kerzie snuck a dink over the net for the final point in the fifth set on Friday, giving Palomar a 18-16 victory and a 3-1 non-conference win over Moorpark in the Comets' home men's volleyball opener at The Dome.

The first four set scores were 21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 17-25, forcing the fifth set.

Kyle Bass a 6-foot-2 sophomore outside hitter from Cathedral Catholic High School who played for Palomar during the 2013 season, led the Comets with 19 kills.

Erik Reider added 11 kills. David Maguire contributed 19 Digs and Kerzie had 48 assists.

The Comets, who dropped their season opener on the road to Santa Barbara City College 25-16, 23-25, 25-16, 25-22 on Feb. 6, evened their 2015 record at 1-1. The Raiders fell to 0-2.

2015 Roster

No Name Pos Ht / Wt Yr High School (City) / Previous College
  1 Daniel Kerzie S 5-11 150 So San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
  2 Kyle Bass OH 6-2  150 So Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA)
  3 Matt Jones OH 6-2  180 So Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) / Hope International University
   4 David McGuire OPP/OH 6-5  180 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
  5 Ken Reyes L 5-6  155 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
  6  Justin Ramos OH 6-0  190 Fr Paloma Valley (Menifee, CA)
  7  Seth Shaler DS/L 5-10 145 So San Marcos (San Marcos, CA) / Santa Barbara City College
 8 Ross Miller OH/OPP 6-2  170 Fr Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)
10 Jacob Stokes MB 6-7  200 So Escondido Charter (Escondido, CA)
13 Eric Reider MB 6-6  210 Fr Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
14 Chad Massey MB 6-2  200 Fr Plano East (Plano, TX)

Head Coach: Bjorn Dahl. Assistant coach: Steven Jones

2015 Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/

Score

Records

(All/Conf.)

Sat Feb 31 Palomar Invitational (Pool Play Scrimmage) The Dome    
Fri Feb 6 at Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara City College Lost 1-3 (16-25, 25-23, 16-25, 22-25) 0-1
Fri Feb 13 Moorpark The Dome WON 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-17, 17-25, 28-16) 1-1
Fri, Feb 20 Los Angeles Pierce The Dome WON 3-2 (25-21, 13-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-12) 2-1
Wed Feb 25 at Grossmont (PCAC) Griffin Gym, Grossmont College Lost 1-3 (19-25, 25-19, 19-25, 24-16) 2-2, 0-1
Fri Feb 27 at Irvine Valley (PCAC) Irvine Valley College Lost 0-3 (25-27, 14-25, 23-25) 2-3, 0-2
Wed Mar 4 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) The Dome WON 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-22) 3-3, 1-2 
Fri Mar 6 Golden West (PCAC) The Dome WON 3-1 (25-23, 25-20, 23-25, 27-25) 4-3, 2-2
Wed Mar 11 Orange Coast (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (13-25, 21-25, 23-25) 4-4, 2-3
Fri Mar 13 at San Diego City College (PCAC) Harry Smith Gymnasium, San Diego City College WON 3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 25-21) 5-4, 3-3
Mon Mar 16 Grossmont (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (19-25, 21-25, 21-25) 5-5, 3-4
Wed Mar 18 San Diego Miramar (PCAC) The Dome WON 3-2 (2025, 25-21, 25-23, 23-25, 16-14) 6-5, 4-4
Wed Mar 25 Irvine Valley (PCAC) The Dome Lost 1-3 (24-26, 15-25, 25-17, 18-25) 6-6, 4-5
Fri Mar 27 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego Mesa College Lost 1-3 (26-24, 18-25, 20-25, 18-25) 6-7, 4-6
Wed Apr 1 at Golden West (PCAC) Golden West College, Huntington Beach Lost 2-3 6-8, 4-7
Fri Apr 3 at Orange Coast (PCAC) Peterson Gym, Orange Coast College, Costa Mesa Lost 0-3 (23-25, 21-25, 10-25) 6-9, 4-8
Wed Apr 8 San Diego City College (PCAC) The Dome WON 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-21) 7-9, 5-8
Fri Apr 10 at San Diego Miramar Miramar College Fieldhouse, San Diego WON 3-1 (32-34, 25-19, 25-17, 25-20) 8-9, 5-9

Home matches listed in bold

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