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Men's Volleyball


2014 Schedule | 2014 Roster

Palomar stuns 2013 state runner-up Grossmont

SAN MARCOS (4-11-2014) -- Palomar upset 2013 state community college men's volleyball runner-up Grossmont 3 sets to 2 on Friday night at The Dome as the Comets closed out their 2014 season.

The Comets battled back from a three-point loss in the first set to defeat the Griffins 22-25, 25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 15-12 in a Coaches vs. Cancer fund-raiser match.

Nick Supple (12 kills, 15 digs) and setter Parker Howitt (56 assists) led Palomar statistically. Matt Jones contributed 11 kills and Keanu Pukahi had 18 digs.

Grossmont (12-6, 9-3) finishes alone in second place behind 2014 state title favorite Orange Coast (17-1, 10-1), which has clinched the championship with one match remaining.

The Griffins move on to the state playoffs with a one-match losing streak, thanks to the Comets,

Palomar finishes its season 8-11, 5-7 and in fifth place.

PICTURED ABOVE: Nick Supple puts down a kill for the Comets in the second set. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets downed by state title favorite Coast 3-0

SAN MARCOS (4-02-2014) -- Palomar split its two men's volleyball matches with defending state community college champion Golden West this season. But there was to be no split with this year's state title favorite, Orange Coast.

The Pirates (15-1, 8-1) rolled into the Dome and swept the Comets behind 6-foot-5 Ty Hutchins, a sophomore outside hitter from Gilbert, AZ who dominated the match on both sides of the net.

Palomar battled Coast in each of the last two sets, leading the visitors at the midway point of both of them.

But the injury-plagued Comets will fell to 7-11 on the season, 4-7 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with only Grossmont, last season's state runner-up, remaining on the schedule a week from Friday night at The Dome.

Anthony Pippen (13 kills) Nick Supple (nine digs) and Parker Howitt (24 assists) led Palomar statistically.

The Pirates also swept the Comets on March 7 in Costa Mesa.

PICTURED ABOVE: Kill leader Anthony Pippen (left), setter Parker Howitt (right)

Jones' 15 kills lead Palomar to sweep of SD City

SAN DIEGO (3-31-2014) -- Palomar kept its hopes of finishing at .500 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball alive on Monday as the Comets swept San Diego City College 3-0 at the Knights' Harry West Gymnasium.

The Comets are 7-10 overall and 4-6 in conference with two matches remaining, both at The Dome, on Wednesday vs. Orange Coast and on Friday, April 11 vs. Grossmont.

 Matt Jones (15 kills) led Palomar offensively vs. City College. Anthony  Pippen added six kills.

Nick Supple contributed 16 digs. Jones had eight digs.

Parker Howitt had 28 assists.

PICTURED ABOVE: Kill leader Matt Jones

Palomar's Nick Supple (No. 2) spikes the ball against Golden West's 6-foot-4 Chasten Chow (17) and 6-foot-6 Jared Chasse in the third set on Friday night. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

2013 state champions get revenge in three sets

SAN MARCOS (3-28-2014) -- Defending CCCAA state community college champion Golden West gained revenge for a March 5 upset loss to Palomar in Huntington Beach as the Rustlers swept the Comets in three sets Friday night in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match at The Dome.

The Rustlers defeated the Comets 25-17, 25-20, 25-16.

Anthony Pippen (14 kills) and Nick Supple (10 kills, eight digs) led Palomar, which fell to 3-6 in the conference. Setter Parker Howitt had 26 assists.

Mesa comes back to down Palomar in five sets

SAN MARCOS (3-26-2014) -- Palomar's night began with a bang on Wednesday at The Dome as the Comets jumped out in front early in an attempt to sweep their season men's  volleyball series from visiting San Diego Mesa.

But the match eventually went downhill as the Olympians rallied to win in five sets 15-25, 25-21, 14-25, 25-22, 16-14).

Anthony Pippen put down 30 kills for the Comets in defeat.

Nick Supple had 13 kills and 2.5 blocks, Austin Pippen contributed 2.5 blocks and setter Parker Howitt notched 51 assists.

Palomar will host defending state champion Golden West on Friday at 6 p.m. The Comets defeated the Rustlers earlier in the season at Huntington Beach.

PICTURED ABOVE LEFT: Nick Supple records a kill for the Comets in the fourth set against Mesa. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. ABOVE RIGHT: Match kill leader Anthony Pippen

Irvine Valley sweeps PC by 25-20, 25-19, 25-22

IRVINE (3-21-2014) -- Keanu Pukahi and Nick Supple each recorded 12 kills on Friday night but visiting Palomar lost 3-0 to Irvine Valley in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball.

The set scores were 25-20, 25-19, 25-22.

Supple also had nine digs. Parker Howitt contributed 31 assists.

The Lasers are 5-2 in the PCAC,  just behind first-place Orange Coast which is 5-1. The Comets are 3-4 in conference.


2013 state runner-up G-House downs Palomar

EL CAJON (3-19-2014) -- Palomar's men's volleyball team knocked off defending state community college champion Golden West earlier in the season.

But Grossmont, the team that lost to the Rustlers in the state championship match, was too much for the visiting Comets on Wednesday night.

The Griffins swept the teams' Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match in three sets 25-12, 25-21, 25-20.

Grossmont ran its win streak to five matches.

Comets make quick work of San Diego City

SAN MARCOS (3-12-2014) -- Palomar took home a quick victory over visiting San Diego City College 3-0 (25-10, 25-9, 25-12) on Wednesday night at The Dome as the Comets upped their Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record to 3-2.

Matt Jones and Nick Supple led the Comets (6-6 overall) with eight kills and eight digs apiece.

Austin Pippen and Cameron McKirdy each had two blocks.

PICTURED ABOVE: Matt Jones (left), Cameron McKirdy (right)

State favorite Coast (10-0) returns PC to earth

COSTA MESA (3-07-2014) -- After knocking off defending state community college champion Golden West in five sets on Wednesday night, Palomar received a wake-up call that brought the Comets back down to earth on Friday.

Host Orange Coast, this year's state title favorite, advanced to 10-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference by sweeping the Comets in three sets at Peterson Gymnasium 25-16, 25-17, 25-15.

The Comets fall to 5-6 overall, 2-2 in conference.

Pippen, Supple 'kill' Golden West in upset

HUNTINGTON BEACH (3-05-2014) -- Anthony Pippen and Nick Supple combined for 45 kills on Wednesday night as Palomar stunned defending state community college champion Golden West 3-2 (25-23, 25-21, 12-25, 18-25, 19-17) in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball match.

The Rustlers are one of three Orange County teams that play in the PCAC in men's volleyball.

Pippen recorded 25 kills and Supple added 20 kills for coach Bjorn Dahl's Comets, who evened their overall record at 5-5 and moved to 2-1 in conference play. Matt Jones was third in kills for Palomar with six.

Keanu Pukahi led the Comets  in digs with 12. Supple added 11 digs.

Parker Howitt notched 47 assists for Palomar. Suple and Cameron McKirdy each contributed two blocks.

PICTURED: Anthony Pippen (above left), Nick Supple (above right)

Comets even their conference record at 1-1

SAN DIEGO (2-27-2014) -- Anthony Pippen put down 28 kills and contributed four blocks on Friday as Palomar evened its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball record at 1-1 by disposing of host San Diego Mesa in five sets.

Matt Jones added 11 goals and Nick Supple cointributed 11 goals as coach Bjorn Dahl's Comets came back from a two-point loss in the first set to beat the Olympians 28-30,25-22,  25-13, 23-25, 15-11.

Supple had 15 digs, Jones 13 and Ulises Palacies 12. Cameron McGirdy had 3.5 blocks. Parker Howitt accumulated 47 assists.

Palomar is 4-5 overall.

PICTURED ABOVE: Anthony Pippen (left), Matt Jones (right)

Comets unable to hold 2-1 lead, lose PCAC debut

SAN MARCOS (2-27-2014) -- Palomar won two of the first three sets in its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference men's volleyball opener on Wednesday night at The Dome.

But the Comets couldn't hold on as visiting Irvine Valley, one of three Orange County teams that play in the conference in men's volleyball, came from behind to take a 3-2 (25-16, 23-25, 20-25,  25-18, 15-9) victory.

Anthony Pippen led the Comets (3-5, 0-1) with 21 kills. Nick Supple contrbute 12 kills and 13 digs. Setter Parker Hewitt had 21 assists.

The Lasers are 5-3, 1-0.

Palomar will be right back in PCAC action on Friday when the Comets visit San Diego Mesa at 1:30 p.m.

PICTURED ABOVE: Nick Supple gives Palomar a 22-18 lead in the second set with this kill. Supple finished the match with 12 kills, second high for the Comets, and also had 13 digs. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets turn back Beavers for third victory

SAN MARCOS (2-20-14) -- Palomar notched its third victory of the 2014 men's volleyball season on Thursday evening.

The Comets turned back visiting Los Angeles Trade Tech in four sets. The final was 25-21,  21-25, 25-15, 25-22.

Nick Supple (16 kills, 13 digs) and Anthony Pipen (17 kills) led Palomar's attack as the Comets advanced to 3-4 in the rugged non-conference part of their schedule.

Ulises Palacies contributed 22 digs. Setter Parker Howitt had 56 assists.

PHOTO: Parker Howitt

PC scares 2012 state champ Long Beach in loss

LONG BEACH (2-19-2013) -- Palomar's improving young men's volleyball team gave a big-time scare Wednesday night to Long Beach City College, which won the state community championship two years ago and advanced to the state semi-finals last season.

The Comets battled the Vikings tooth and nail through four tough sets before finally losing 27-25, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21.

Anthony Pippin (16 kills) and Nick Supple (15 kills, 12 digs, 3 aces) led Palomar. Ulises Palacies contributed 19 digs. Cameron McKirdy had four blocks.

PHOTO: Anthony Pipen

ABOVE: Palomar's Ulises Placios (No. 4) and Nick Supple (partially hidden) prove that four hands are better than two on a dig against Moorpark. BELOW: Anthony Pippen,who led the Comets with 20 kills, spikes the ball against the Raiders. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Palomar downs Moorpark in four for 2nd win

SAN MARCOS (2-14-2014) -- Palomar's young men's volleyball team turned back visiting Moorpark 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) on Thursday in a non-conference match at The Dome for their second win of the early season.

The Comets, who opened 2014 with three losses, now own a two-match win streak.

Anthony Pippen led coach Bjorn Borg's team  with 20 kills. Nick Supple had 15 kills and Matt Jones added eight.

Supple had18 digs, Ulises Palacies16 digs and Jones 12 digs.

Setter Parkerhowitt contributed 41 assists.

Palomar will visit Long Beach City College next Wednesday and host Los Angeles Trade Tech on Thursday at 6 p.m. at The Dome in two more non-conference matches.

They'll open Pacific Coast Athletic Conference play against Irvine Valley the following Wednesday at the Dome, also beginning at 6 p.m..

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Pipen, Comets take home first victory of 2014

SANTA BARBARA (2-11-2014) -- Led by Anthony Pippen and Nick Supple, Palomar's men's volleyball team battled back from an eight-point lossin the first set  to take home its first victory of the 2014 season on Tuesday.

The Comets downed Santa Barbara City College in a non-conference match 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 19-25, 17-15) as Pippen contributed a match-high 18 kills. Supple had 14 kills, 17 digs and four blocks. Matt Jones had 11 kills and 18 digs. Austin Pippen added  four aces and five blocks.

The Comets advanced to 1-3 on the season. The Vaqueros fall to 2-2.

PHOTOS: Anthony Pipen (left), Nick Supple (right)

Palomar plays tough but falls in 3 sets again

SANTA MONICA (2-05-2014) -- Palomar dropped its second close decision to open its men's volleyball season on Friday night.

The Comets, who were defeated by five-time state champion Los Angeles Pierce in their opener, followed the same scripte as they played Santa Monica tough in the first two sets before losing another non-conference match 3-0.

The set scores were 25-23, 25-21, 25-15.

Comets play powerful Pierce tough in first 2 sets

SAN MARCOS (1-31-2014) -- Coach Bjorn Dahl's Palomar men's volleyball squad played traditional state power Los Angeles Pierce tough in the first two sets on Friday afternoon at the Dome before losing a 3-0 season-opening match to the Brahmas.

Pierce, which has won five state championships in program history, swept the Comets 25-21, 28-26, 25-18.

Nick Supple led Palomar with 10 kills and six digs.

Keanu Pukahi had six kills, two blocks and two digs. Ulises Placios added six digs.

Palomar, with only three sophomores on its roster, is attempting to hit the ground running against more experienced opponents.

The Comets will visit Santa Monica next Wednesday. They'll then will be be back at The Dome to host El Camino College next Friday at 1 p.m. before going back on the road to play Santa Barbara City College on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

PHOTO: Nick Supple (No. 2, white top with black shorts), the Comets' top returning player, spikes the ball in Friday's second set. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

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2014 Schedule

Date Opponent Location Time/




Sat Feb 18 Palomar Invitational (Pool Play Scrimmage) The Dome 9 a.m.  
Fri Jan 31 Los Angeles Pierce The Dome Lost 0-3 (21-25, 26-28, 18-25) 0-1
Wed Feb 5 at Santa Monica Santa Monica College Lost 0-3 (23-25, 21-25,15-25) 0-2
Fri Feb 7 El Camino The Dome Lost 0-3  (15-25, 21-25,17-25) 0-3
Tue Feb 11 at Santa Barbara City College Santa Barbara City College WON 3-2 (17-25, 25-20, 25-21, 19-25,17-15) 1-3
Fri Feb 14 Moorpark The Dome WON 3-1 (25-20, 25-20, 20-25, 25-17) 2-3
Wed Feb 19 at Long Beach City College Long Beach City College Lost 1-3 (25-27, 24-26, 25-23, 21-25) 2-4
Thu Feb 20 Los Angeles Trade Tech The Dome WON 3-1 25-21, 21-25, 25-15, 25-22 3-4
Wed Feb 26 Irvine Valley (PCAC) The Dome Lost 2-3 (16-25, 25-23,  25-20,18-25, 9-15) 3-5 (0-1)
Fri Feb 28 at San Diego Mesa (PCAC) San Diego Mesa College WON 3-2 (28-30, 25-22, 25-13, 23-25, 15-11) 4-5 (1-1)
Wed Mar 5 at Golden West (PCAC) Golden West College (Huntington Beach) WON 3-2 (25-23,  25-21, 12-25,18-25, 19-17) 5-5 (2-1)
Fri Mar 7 at Orange Coast (PCAC) Orange Coast College (Costa Mesa) Lost 16-25,17-25, 15-25 5-6 (2-2)
Wed Mar 12 San Diego City College The Dome WON 3-0 (25-12, 25-9, 25-12) 6-6, 3-2
Wed Mar 19 at Grossmont (PCAC) El Cajon (Grossmont College) Lost 0-3 (12-25, 21-25, 20-25) 6-7, 3-3
Fri Mar 21 at Irvine Valley (PCAC) Irvine (Irvine Valley College) Lost 0-3 (20-25,19-25, 22-25) 6-8, 3-4
Wed Mar 26 San Diego Mesa (PCAC) The Dome Lost 2-3 (25-15, 21-25, 25-14, 22-25, 14-16) 6-9, 3-5
Fri Mar 28 Golden West (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (17-25, 20-25, 25-16) 6-10, 3-6
Mon Mar 31 at San Diego City College San Diego (Harry West Gymnsium , SD City College) WON 3-0 (25-11, 25-18, 25-20) 7-10, 4-6
Wed Apr 2 Orange Coast (PCAC) The Dome Lost 0-3 (15-25, 22-25, 21-25) 7-11, 4-7
Fri Apr 11 Grossmont (PCAC) The Dome WON 3-2 (22-25, 25-23, 25-20,  19-25, 15-12) 8-11, 5-7

Home matches listed in bold

2014 Roster

No Name Pos Ht / Wt Yr High School (City) / Previous College
  1 Parker Howitt S 5-10 155 Fr Paloma Valley (Menifee, CA)
  2 Nick Supple OH 6-1  160 So Cathedral Catholic (San Diego, CA)
  3 Matt Jones OH 6-2  180 Fr Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) / Hope International University
  5 Keanu Pukaho OPP 6-0  160 Fr El Camino (Oceanside, CA)
  7  Austin Pippen MB 6-3  180 So All Saints Cathedral (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
  9  Cameron McKirdy OH/MB 6-2  160 Fr Rancho Bernardo (San Diego, CA)
10 Jacob Stokes MB 6-7  200 Fr Escondido Charter (Escondido, CA)
13 Anthony Pippen OPP/MB 6-6  220 So All Saints Cathedral (St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands)
RS Seth Shaler DS/L 5-10 145 Fr San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)

Head Coach: Bjorn Dahl. Assistant coach: Karl Seiler. Assistant coach: Steven Jones


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