2016 Season ...
PC ends its 2016 season with
a loss to SD City
(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
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
(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
Comeback is too little,
too late as Rustlers win
(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
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
PC plays strong match but
can't get over hump
(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,
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
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
Comets fade in
third set in PCAC loss to Knights
(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
But the Comets faded in
the third set as they were swept by the Knights 25-22,
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The set scores were 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 23-25,
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
Comets dominate first PCAC match start to
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
Hedley’s 17 kills lead Palomar but Pierce wins in 4
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
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.
Comets swept on
the road in season opener
(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
(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
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
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.
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 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
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.