(PHOTO BY HUGH COX)
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.
Comets put up a fight but lose to
co-leaders in 4
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
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
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
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
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
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
Palomar is 6-5 on the season, 4-4
in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
2nd-place Griffins hold off
Comets in three sets
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
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
(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
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
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,
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
PC acknowledges support,
sweep '13 state champ
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
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
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
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
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
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,
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
-- 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.
Comets, who dropped their season opener on the road to
Santa Barbara City College
25-16, 25-22 on Feb. 6, evened their 2015 record at 1-1.
The Raiders fell to 0-2.
(City) / Previous College
||San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
||Cathedral Catholic (San
||Vista Murrieta (Murrieta,
CA) / Hope International University
||Escondido (Escondido, CA)
||Escondido (Escondido, CA)
||Paloma Valley (Menifee, CA)
||San Marcos (San Marcos, CA)
/ Santa Barbara City College
||Rancho Bernardo (San Diego,
||Mission Hills (San Marcos,
||Plano East (Plano, TX)
Bjorn Dahl. Assistant coach: Steven Jones
|Sat Feb 31
||Palomar Invitational (Pool
||at Santa Barbara City
||Santa Barbara City College
||Lost 1-3 (16-25, 25-23,
|Fri Feb 13
||WON 3-2 (21-25,
25-20, 25-17, 17-25, 28-16)
|Fri, Feb 20
||Los Angeles Pierce
||WON 3-2 (25-21,
13-25, 26-24, 20-25, 15-12)
|Wed Feb 25
||at Grossmont (PCAC)
||Griffin Gym, Grossmont
||Lost 1-3 (19-25, 25-19, 19-25,
|Fri Feb 27
||at Irvine Valley (PCAC)
||Irvine Valley College
||Lost 0-3 (25-27, 14-25,
|Wed Mar 4
||San Diego Mesa
||WON 3-0 (25-18,
|Fri Mar 6
||Golden West (PCAC)
||WON 3-1 (25-23,
25-20, 23-25, 27-25)
|Wed Mar 11
||Orange Coast (PCAC)
||Lost 0-3 (13-25, 21-25,
|Fri Mar 13
||at San Diego City College (PCAC)
||Harry Smith Gymnasium, San
Diego City College
3-1 (25-23, 17-25, 25-16, 25-21)
|Mon Mar 16
||Lost 0-3 (19-25, 21-25,
|Wed Mar 18
||San Diego Miramar (PCAC)
||WON 3-2 (2025, 25-21,
25-23, 23-25, 16-14)
|Wed Mar 25
||Irvine Valley (PCAC)
||Lost 1-3 (24-26, 15-25,
|Fri Mar 27
||at San Diego Mesa (PCAC)
||San Diego Mesa College
||Lost 1-3 (26-24, 18-25,
|Wed Apr 1
||at Golden West (PCAC)
||Golden West College,
|Fri Apr 3
||at Orange Coast (PCAC)
||Peterson Gym, Orange Coast
College, Costa Mesa
||Lost 0-3 (23-25, 21-25,
|Wed Apr 8
||San Diego City
||WON 3-0 (25-19,
|Fri Apr 10
||at San Diego Miramar
||Miramar College Fieldhouse,
||WON 3-1 (32-34,
25-19, 25-17, 25-20)
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