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2013 season ...

Palomar's Crook and Lerno make first team

SAN DIEGO (11-19-2013) -- Palomar's Rocky Crook (left), a 5-foot-6 sophomore Libero from Vista Murrieta High School, and Maci Lerno (right), a 5-foot-10 freshman middle blocker from Southwest High School in El Centro, both have been voted to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball team.

The Comets also landed two players on the second team, Kristi Mankhey and Rylee Zimmerman. Mankhey is a 5-foot-7 sophomore outside hitter from Escondido High School. Zimmerman is a 5-foot-9 freshman outside hitter from Mission Vista High.

TOP PHOTO: Maci Lerno follows through on a kill over San Diego Mesa's Julia Degnan on San Diego Mesa on Wednesday evening. The Comets lost in three tough sets to the state fifth-ranked Olympians. IMMEDIATELY ABOVE: Libero Rocky Crook, with a dig. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT: Rachel McFarland. BELOW RIGHT: Katy Harlow-Nohe - View, Download Images of Photos by Hugh Cox

Comets fall to state No. 5 Olympians in finale

SAN MARCOS (11-13-2013) -- San Diego Mesa, which moved up to No. 5 in the state rankings after stunning then-state No. 1 Grossmont 3-0 on Friday, ended Palomar's women's volleyball season on Wednesday evening at The Dome.

But not without a fight.

The Comets were within range of the Olympians deep into all three sets before losing 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22).

Maci Lerno, the PCAC's Women's Athlete of the Week, led the Comets with nine kills and also had 12 digs and a block. Rachel McFarland contributed eight kills. Rocky Crook had 14 digs. Rylee Zimmerman had two blocks. And setter Katy Harlow-Nohe totaled 27 assists. For the Olympians, BreBissell put down 12 kills, Bethany Nosko 10 kills.

Mesa, 23-5 overall and 13-1 in the PCAC, clinched at least a tie for the conference championship. Grossmont defeated Cuyamaca 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-8) on Wednesday to advance to 12-1 in conference and is favored over San Diego City College in a make-up match on Thursday. The teams were scheuled to play last week but the officials didn't show up.

The Comets' season ends 12-11 overal, 8-6 in conference.

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Lerno honored as Women's Athlete of Week

SAN DIEGO (11-13-2013) -- Palomar volleyball player Maci Lerno, a freshman from Southwest High School in El Centro, has been selected as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week.

Lerno, who shared the honor with Grossmont water polo goalie Justine Hammer, returned home  with her Palomar team last week and led the Comets to a 3-0 sweep of Imperial Valley College with 18 kills, a .432 hitting percentage, three blocks and 11 digs.

City catches Comets at worst time in upset sweep 

SAN DIEGO (11-8-2013) -- After easily defeating San Diego City College at home earlier in the season and coming off an impressive performance in sweeping Imperial Valley on the road, Palomar was upset by City in the teams' rematch on Friday evening.

The Knights took full advantage of injuries, illness and fatigue from the long trip to IVC and won 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-22) at Harry West Gymnasium.

For Palomar, Kristi Mankhey (left) and Rachel McFarlannd each had six goals. Rocky Crook contributed 22 digs and three aces.

The Comets close out their season on Wednesday at home against state No. 8-ranked San Diego Mesa, which stunned No. 1 Grossmont 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-20) Friday evening, becoming the first California team to defeat the Griffins all season.

Palomar freshman Maci Lerno, the Imperial County Girls Athlete of the Year in 2012-13 as a three-sport athlete at Southwest High in El Centro, had a productive homecoming with 18 kills on Wednesday in leading the Comets to a 3-0 win over Imperial Valley at the DePaoli Sports Complex. Here she elevates to contribute a kill against the Arabs. -- Imperial Valley Press photo by Joselito Villero

Lerno's homecoming ends with 3-0 PC victory

IMPERIAL (11-06-2013) -- Freshman Maci Lerno's first trip home as a college athlete on Wednesday turned out good for Lerno and her Palomar volleyball teammates and bad for Imperial Valley College.

Lerno, who was the Imperial County Girls High School Athlete of the Year in 2012-13 as a volleyball, basketball and softball player at Southwest High School in El Centro, put down a match-high 18 kills as the Comets swept the Arabs 3-0.

Lerno, the daughter of IVC head softball coach and former volleyball coach Jill Lerno, also had a .432 hitting percentage, three blocks and 11 digs as the Comets won by set scores of 25-18, 25-20, 25-19 to advance to 11-9 on the season, 7-4 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Nicole Alderman added seven kills and a block for Palomar. Rachel McFarlad contributed six kills and 14 digs. Colleen Jones had three aces. Rocky Crook led in digs withh 26.

Lerno followed oldest sister Melissa Lerno from El Centro Southwest High to Palomar. Melissa Lerno was Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Year and first-team all-state for the Comets, then was an NAIA all-region pitcher at Cal State San Marcos. She returned to Palomar as softball pitching coach and now teaches and coaches at Calipatria High School back in the valley.

Middle sister Megan Lerno played one season of softball at Arizona Western after Southwest High, then returned home a year ago to play softball for her mom and volleyball at IVC. She's now a junior at the University of Texas at Austin.

Rachel McFarland (9) puts down a kill for Palomar in Friday night's 3-0 sweep of Southwestern. -- Photo by Hugh Cox

Comets sweep Jaguars by 25-14, 25-16, 25-11

SAN MARCOS (11-01-2013) -- Palomar got 14 kills from Maci Lerno and swept visiting Southwestern 25-14, 25-16, 25-11 Friday evening at The Dome.

With the win, the Comets advanced to 11-9 on the season and 7-4 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Rachel McFarlad added eight kills for Palomar and Hannah Seits had six kills. Katie Harlowe-Nohe contributed 23 assists. Rocky Crook had 16 digs and three aces.

Palomar drops 5-set marathon to Mt. San Jac

SAN JACINTO (10-30-2013) -- Palomar, which defeated Pacific Coast Athletic Association newcomer Mt. San Jacinto back on Oct. 4 at home, took a 2 games to 0 lead over the Eagles in the teams' rematch on Wednesday evening on Mt. San Jac's floor.

But Mt. San Jacinto came back to win the final three sets to take a 3-2 (18-25, 24-26, 25-19, 26-24, 15-13) victory. The Comets fell to 10-9 on the season, 6-4 in the conference. The Eagles are 12-8, 4-6.

"This was by far the biggest win of the season," coach Kevin Pratt said on the Mt. San Jacinto web site. "I have a ton of respect for Palomar because they're so well coached. It's important for our girls to enjoy this victory."

For the Comets, Rachel McFarland (left) led with 14 kills. Maci Lerno delivered 10 kills, Kristi Mankhey nine. Hannah Seits (right) had a season-high seven blocks. Rocky Crook contributed 44 digs. Katy Harlow-Nohe had seven ace serves.

Taylor Kushner, a transfer from UC Riverside who leads the state in both kills (450) and kills per set (5.92), ignited the Eagles' comeback by putting down 26 of her 38 kills in the last three sets.

Comets give state No. 1 G-House scare in 1st set

EL CAJON  (10-25-2013) -- Visiting Palomar gave state No. 1-ranked Grossmont College a scare in the first set of the teams' Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball match Friday evening.

But the Griffins held on to win the set 25-23 and went on to wion the final two sets 25-18 and 25-16 for a 3-0 sweep of the Comets, remaining unbeaten against California teams.

Maci Lerno (left) led Palomar with nine kills and four blocks. Rocky Crook had 16 digs. Setter Katy Harlow-Nohe contributed 19 assists.

Palomar is 10-8 on the season and 6-3 in conference and remains in a tie for third place behind Grossmont (21-2, 9-0) and state No. 7-ranked San Diego Mesa. 

ABOVE: Palomar's Maci Lerno (12) delivers one of her 12 kills during 3-0 sweep of Cuyamaca. BELOW: Katy Harlow-Nohe (7) with a block. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Lerno delivers 12 kills; PC rebounds with win

SAN MARCOS (10-23-2013) -- Maci Lerno hammered visiting Cuyamaca with 12 kills and Kristi Mankhey added eight kills on Wednesday evening at The Dome as Palomar rebounded back into the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference win column.

Coach Karl Seilers' Comets swept the Coyotes, allowing them only 35 points in three sets.

The set scores were 25-9, 25-12, 25-14.

The third-place Comets (10-7 on the season, 6-2 in conference), who lost at state No. 8-ranked San Diego Mesa on Friday in a battle for undisputed second place, have won four of their last five matches.

Rocky Crook contributed four aces and 14 digs for Palomar.

Setter Katy Harlow-Nohe had three aces and 17 assists.

Comets win for cancer cure, lose to No. 8 Mesa

SAN MARCOS (10-16-2013) / SAN DIEGO (10-18-2013_-- Palomar's women's volleyball team dropped the first set, then roared back to down San Diego City College 3-1 Wednesday evening in its annual Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Awareness match at The Dome. The set scores were 19-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22.

With the victory, their fourth in a row, coach Karl Seiler's squad moved into a second-place tie in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference with San Diego Mesa, the No. 8-ranked team in California. The Comets (9-6, 5-1 in conference) could have taken over undisputed second place when they visited the Olympians on Friday, but Mesa instead climbed over Palomar (9-7 overall,  5-2 in conference) into undisputed second as it won in three sets 25-20, 25-8, 25-19.

On Wednesday, the Comets got their fourth consecutive outstanding performance from freshman outside hitter Rylee Zimmerman (left), who put down a match-high 14 kills and also contributed 12 digs against the Knights. Rachel McFarland had nine kills and two blocks. Kristi Mankhey (right) also had nine kills. Rocky Crook helped Palomar's cause with 24 digs. Maci Lerno added 1.5 blocks.

ABOVE: Kristi Mankhey (11) puts down a kill for Palomar in Friday's sweep of visiting Imperial Valley. BELOW LEFT: Colleen Jones (9) delivers a kill. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Rachel McFarland, who had 12 kills for the Comets.

Comets notch fourth sweep in conference play

SAN MARCOS (10-11-2013) -- Palomar recorded its fourth sweep in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference on Friday evening, as the Comets defeated Imperial Valley 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-14) at The Dome.

Kylee Zimmerman put down 13 kills for the Comets, who advanced to 8-6 overall with all of their losses coming to state-ranked teams.

Rachel McFarland had 12 kills and was awarded the game ball by Palomar's coaches.

Rocky Crook had nine digs and two aces for the Comets.

 Jelisa Navarette also had two aces. Maci Lerno contributed a block.

Imperial Valley's Kat Angulo was the match assists leader for both teams with 14.

Tough schedule paying dividends for Palomar

CHULA VISTA (10-09-2013) -- Palomar has lost six times this season, all to state-ranked teams (No. 1 Grossmont, No. 4 Fullerton, No. 5 Irvine Valley, No. 18 Citrus, No. 20 College of the Canyons and No. 22 Mt. SAC).

The tough schedule -- those six teams are a combined 54-12 -- is beginning to pay off for the Comets. Coach Karl Seiler's team recorded its second sweep in six days on Wednesday evening, beating Southwestern 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 25-15) on the road to advance to 3-1 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.

Kristi Mankhey (left), with 13 kills, and Riley Zimmerman (right), with 12 kills, led Palomar offensively as the Comets are 7-6 overall.

Rocky Crook (15 digs) and Zimmerman (10 digs) helped spark the Comets defensively.

Rachel McFarland recorded three aces. Katie Harlow tacked on 20 assists.

Palomar will try to move to 4-1 in the PCAC, with its only conference loss to state No. 1 Grossmont, on Friday when the Comets host Imperial Valley at 5 p.m. in The Dome. All three of their PCAC wins so far have come via sweeps.

Comets sweep back into PCAC win column

SAN MARCOS (10-04-2013) -- Facing a Mt. San Jacinto team that is making its debut in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference this season featuring highly-regarded UC Riverside transfer and state kill leader Taylor Kushner, Palomar stepped it up and won big on Friday evening 3-0.

The set scores were 25-17, 25-12, 25-16 at The Dome as Rylee Zimmerman (left) recorded nine kills. Rachel McFarland (right) had eight kills in the sweep. Rocky Crook cointributed 16 kills, while Maci Lerno delivered three aces.

After giving state No. 1-ranked Grossmont all it could handle two nights earlier in dropping three tight sets, the Comets evened their record at 6-6 on the season and are 2-1 in the conference.

Mt. San Jacinto, which started the season with seven wins in its first eight matches, is 8-4 but still winless in the PCAC at 0-3.

Comets play state No. 1 Griffins tough in loss

SAN MARCOS (10-02-2013) -- Palomar played state No. 1-ranked Grossmont College tough in all three sets only to drop a 3-0 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference decision to the Griffins on Wednesday evening at The Dome.

The Comets led the Griffs, who remain unbeaten vs. California opponents, in the third set 15-8 before Grossmont went on a late run to win 26-24 and take home its 14th win in 16 matches.

"They got better as they went along," Palomar coach Karl Seiler said.

Palomar is 1-1 in the PCAC (5-6 overall, with two of those losses coming against teams ranked in the top three in the state.The Griffins, who held off the Comets 25-22, 25-20 in the first two sets, are 2-0 in conference.

Their only losses have come at the hands of two Arizona teams.

Rylee Zimmerman (left) led Palomar with eight kills and nine digs. Kristi Mankhey (right) also had eight kills. Rocky Crook contributed 15 digs.

Palomar routs Cuyamaca 3-0 in PCAC opener

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (9-27-2013) -- Palomar oppened its Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball season on Friday with a lop-sided victory over Cuyamaca.

The Comets went on the road and swept the Coyotes 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-9).

Rocky Crook (left) led Palomar with 20 digs. Rachel McFarland contributed nine kills, Hannah Seits seven kills. Katy Harlow-Nohe (rivght) had four aces.

LEFT: Palomar's Rachel McFarland (5) stuff blocks a kill attempt by Citrus' Kayla Eddings (12) in Palomar's first match on Friday. RIGHT: The Comets' Maci Lerno scores on a kill. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

Palomar finishes at 2-2 in Mesa Invitational

SAN DIEGO / EL CAJON (9-20-2013) (9-21-2013) -- Palomar finished 2-2 in the San Diego Mesa College Invitational women's volleyball tournament by splitting its final two matches on Saturday.

The Comets began Saturday's matches by dropping a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-18) decision to College of the Canyons. Kristi Mankhey (8 kills), Rylee Zimmeran (7 kills) and Rocky Crook 13 digs) led Palomar statistically.

On Saturday afternoon, Palomar turned back Victor Valley 3-2 with its second comeback win of the weekend (16-25, 25-27, 5-19, 25-16, 15-11) to conclude the two-day tournament. Mankhey had 11 kills, Zimmerman 9, and Maci Lerno and Hannah Seits had 8 kills each. Rocky Crook contrbiuted 20 digs and 4 aces. Colleen Jones had 10 digs.

On Friday afternoon, Palomar battled back from a two-hour, five set loss to Citrus earlier in the day to even its record in the tournament at 1-1 by defeating Cerritos 3-2.

The Comets' scores in the win over Cerritos were 19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-12 as the Palomar came back after dropping the first two sets to the Falcons.

Zimmerman (16 kills) and Rachel McFarland (10 kills) led Palomar offensively. Crook contributed 37 digs, Jelisa Navarette 10 digs and Seits had 5 blocks.

In the earlier match vs. Citrus, Palomar won the first two sets before the Owls rallied to win 3-2 (23-25, 24-16, 25-11, 25-22, 15-8. Mankhey (13 kills) and Zimmerman (10 kills, 21 digs) came up big for the Comets. Crook had 25 digs. Seits contributed 4 blocks, and Lerno had 3 blocks.

The tournament was played at San Diego Mesa College and Grossmnt College.

State No. 3-ranked Lasers turn back Comets

IRVINE (9-18-2013) -- Palomar battled Irvine Valley, the No. 3-ranked team in the state, tough for the first half of all three sets on Wednesday evening.

But in each case the Lasers then took command on the way to a 3-0 (25-15, 24-14, 25-16) non-conference sweep of the Comets.

Rylee Zimmerman led Palomar with 8 kills. Kristi Mankhey and Rachel McFarland each added 4 kills. Rocky Crook (left) led in digs with 17.

Palomar will play in the 28th San Diego Mesa Invitational this weekend. The Comets open at 11 a.m. Friday at Mesa against Citrus. They'll play at the Grossmont College gym at 3 p.m. against the winner or loser of the Bakersfield-Victor Valley match. The tournament concludes Saturday.

Palomar splits first two matches at Grossmont

EL CAJON (9-13-2013) (9-14-2013)-- Palomar advanced to 2-1 on the season to begin play in the Grossmont Quad on Friday afternoon. Then, later in the day, the Comets found themselves back at .500 at 2-2.

In its first match of the day, coach Karl Seiler's team defeated Riverside City College 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-11, 25-20). Rylee Zimmerman (left) led the Comets with 15 kills and 5 aces, while Rachel McFarland had 11 kills. Rocky Crook had 18 digs, Maci Lerno 15 digs.

In its second match, the Comets fell to Mt. SAC 3-1 (20-25, 23-25, 25-15, 25-17). Lerno (right) had 8 kills to lead Palomar. Colleen Jones contributed 5 goals and 5 aces. Maddy Scarlett had 16 digs.

 

Comets see record leveled at 1-1 by Fullerton

FULLERTON (9-06-2013) -- After sweeping San Bernardino Valley in its season opener, Palomar was unable to keep a good thing going Friday evening.

Facing a more experienced opponent, the freshman-dominated Comets fell to Fullerton College 3-0 in a non-conference match at Hornet Gym.

The set scores were 25-16, 25-17, 25-22.

Rocky Crook (left) led the Comets with seven kills. Jelisa Navarette (right) had 14 digs.

Palomar will return to action on Friday, playing Riverside City College at noon and Mt. SAC at 4:30 p.m. at Grossmont College.

ABOVE: Freshman outside hitter Rylee Zimmerman, the first-ever Palomar athlete out of he new Mission Vista High School, a Vista Unified School District school in Oceanside, digs the ball in the Comets' season-opening sweep of San Bernardino Valley. BELOW: Freshman middle blocker Maci Lerno, the Imperial County Girls Athlete of the Year in 2012-13 from Southwest High in El Centro where she dominated in volleyball, basketball and softball, delivers a spike for the Comets. -- Photos by Hugh Cox

PC sweeps San Bernardino Valley in opener

SAN MARCOS (9-04-2013) -- Palomar wasted little time disposing of non-conference opponent San Bernardino Valley 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-17) to begin its women's volleyball season on Wednesday evening at The Dome.

For the Comets, Jelisa Naverette, a sophomore libero / defensive specialist from Escondido High School, had 11 digs and also contributed four assists.

Palomar spread out its kills with Maddy Scarlett and Rocky Crook each recording four. Scarlett is a sophomore outside hitter / defensive specialist from San Dieguito Academy. Crook is a sophomore outside hitter / defensive specialist from Vista Murrieta  High.

Coach Karl Seiler's Comets will receive a much tougher test when they play their road opener on Friday at 6 p.m. at Fullerton College.

2013 Roster

No Name Pos Ht Yr High School / Previous College
1 Jelisa Navarette L/DS 5-6 So Escondido (Escondido, CA) / San Diego Christian College
2 Maddy Scarlett OH/DS 5-9 So San Dieguito Academy (Encinitas, CA)
3 Rocky Crook OH/DS 5-6 So Vista Murrieta (Murrieta, CA) / Missouri Southern State
4 Rylee Zimmerman OH 5-9 Fr Mission Vista (Vista/Oceanside, CA)
5 Rachel McFarland OH/OPP 5-7 Fr Heritage Christian (San Diego, CA)
7 Katy Harlow-Nohe S 5-10 So Mission Hills (San Marcos, CA)
8 Ashli Pardi DS 5-5 Fr Mission Vista (Vista/Oceanside,CA)
9 Coleen Jones OH 5-8 Fr Rancho Buena Vista (Vista, CA)
11 Kristi Mankhey OH 5-7 So Escondido (Escondido, CA)
12 Maci Lerno MB 5-10 Fr Southwest (El Centro, CA)
13 Nicole Alderman MB 5-11 Fr Escondido (Escondido, CA)
14 Kayla Hutchinson MB 5-10 Fr Katella (Anaheim, CA)
17 Meghan Middleton S 5-9 Fr Palisades Charter (Pacific Palisades, CA) / Sonoma State
19 Hannahh Seits MB 5-10 Fr Ramona (Ramona, CA)
RS Alex Sandejas OH 5-10   Vista (Vista, CA)
RS Fraustina Sagapolu OH 5-10   Wallace Ryder Farrington (Honolulu, HI)

2013 Schedule, Results

Date

Opponent

Site

Time/

Score

Records

(All/Conf.)

Wed Sept 4

San Bernardino Valley The Dome WON 3-0 (25-9, 25-9, 25-19) 1-0

Fri Sept 6

Fullerton

Fullerton Lost 16-25, 17-25, 22-25 1-1
Fri Sept 13 Riverside City College Grossmont College WON 3-1 (25-22, 24-26, 25-11, 25-20) 2-1
  Mt. SAC Grossmont College Lost 1-3 (20-25, 25-23, 15-25, 17-25) 2-2
Wed Sept 18 Irvine Valley Irvine Lost 0-3 (20-25, 11-25, 13-25) 2-3
Fri Sept 20 Citrus (San Diego Mesa Invitational) San Diego Lost 2-3 (25-24, 26-24, 11-25, 22-25, 8-15) 2-4
  Cerritos Grossmont College WON 3-2 (19-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17, 15-12) 3-4
Sat Sept 21 College of the Canyons (San Diego Mesa Invitational) Grossmont College Lost 0-3 (22-25, 22-25, 18-25) 3-5
  Victor Valley Grossmont College WON 3-2 (16-25, 25-27, 25-19, 25-16, 15-11) 4-5
Fri Sept 27 *-Cuyamaca Rancho San Diego WON 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-9) 5-5, 1-0
Wed Oct 2 *-Grossmont The Dome Lost 0-3 (23-25, 20-25, 24-26) 5-6, 1-1

Fri Oct 4

*-Mt. San Jacinto

The Dome WON 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) 6-6, 2-1
Wed Oct 9 *-Southwestern Chula Vista WON 3-0 (25-17, 25-17,  25-15) 7-6, 3-1

Wed Oct 11

*-Imperial Valley

The Dome WON 3-0 (25-13, 25-23, 25-14) 8-6, 4-1

Wed Oct 16

*-San Diego CC

The Dome WON 3-1 (19-25, 25-17, 25-15, 25-22) 9-6, 5-1

Fri Oct 18

*-San Diego Mesa

San Diego

Lost 0-3 (20-25, 8-25, 19-25) 9-7, 5-2

Wed Oct 23

*-Cuyamaca

The Dome WON 3-1 (25-9, 25-12, 25-14) 10-7, 6-2

Fri Oct 25

*-Grossmont

El Cajon Lost 0-3 (23-25, 18-25, 16-25) 10-8, 6-3
Wed Oct 30 *-Mt. San Jacinto San Jacinto Lost 2-3 (25-18, 26-24, 19-25, 24-26, 13-15) 10-9, 6-4

Fri Nov 1

*-Southwestern

The Dome

WON 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-11) 11-9, 7-4

Wed Nov 6

*-Imperial Valley

Imperial WON 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-19) 12-9, 8-4

Fri Nov 8

*-San Diego City College

San Diego Lost 0-3 (12-25, 18-25, 22-25) 12-10, 8-5

Wed Nov 13

*-San Diego Mesa

The Dome Lost 0-3 (19-25, 22-25, 22-25) 12-11, 8-6

Home matches listed in bold

* -- Pacific Coast Athletic Conference

Home matches at Palomar Dome on campus

COACHES

KARL SEILER

Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Karl Seiler is a four-time Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year, being honored in 1996, when the Comets reached the Southern California Community College Regional championship match, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. All five seasons, Palomar won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title, and the 2003 Comets recorded their first-ever unbeaten conference season.

Seller starred at Torrey Pines High School's boys volleyball squad and for Palomar's men's volleyball team in 1988 and 1989.

He recently concluded a highly-successful stint as coach of the nationally-recognized Coast Volleyball Club.

Seiler received his B.S. degree from San Diego State University and his Master's degree from Azusa Pacific University. He's a fulltime instructor at Palomar in the Kinesiology.

Seiler lives in the French Valley area of Temecula with his wife and family.

BJORN DAHL

Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

Bjorn Dahl is in his third season as an assistant in Palomar's women's volleyball program.

Dahl also is Palomar's head men's volleyball coach.

Dahl previously was head men's coach at San Diego Mesa College.

He helped lead Long Beach State to second place in the 1999 NCAA Division I championships when the 49ers lost in the finals to BYU at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

Dahl graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in Business Information Systems.

He founded Shorebreak Volleyball Club and has has also been a highly successful club director and coach for years with the Coast Volleyball Cjub, Seaside Volleyball Club and, currently, the Southern Cal Volleyball Club.

Bjorn Dahl  lives in San Marcos with his wife Ali and daughter Riley.

JOY LEICHTFUSS

Volunteer Assistant Women's Volleyball Coach

Joy Leichtfuss played volleyball at San Diego Christian College (known at the time as Heritage Christian College).

There, she was the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1991, compiling a 3.97 grade-point average while majoring in English Literature.

She and her husband Seth have their three children, Levi, Ethan and Juliana, and have lived in North County and Lawton, Oklahoma. The couple is associated with Sportquest Ministries, a division of Ministries of Good News. They led SportQuest vollehyball teams on trips to Belgium and Greece.


MEET THE 2013 COMETS
No. 1 No. 2 No. 3 No. 4 No. 5
Jelisa Navarette Maddy Scarlett Rocky Crook R. Zimmerman R. McFarland
No.  7 No. 8 No. 9 No. 11 No. 12
Katy Harlow Ashli Pardee Colleen Jones Kristi Mankey Maci Lerno
No. 13 No. 14 No. 17 No. 18 Redshirt
Nicole Alderman Kayla Hutchinson M. Middleton Hannahh Seits Alex Sendejas
         
Photos by Melinda Finn
Redshirt       Mini-Comet
F. Sagapolu       Riley Dahl

 Off-season

LEFT: Kathia Cordero signs with San Diego Christian University. SDCU coach Rob Lisama (back to camera) watches. Yolanda and Gerardo Cordero, Kathia's parents, flank their daughter. RIGHT: Melodee Aguirre (right) displays her letter of intent after accepting a $26,00-per-year, 80 percent scholarship offer from Trinity International University. Coach Karen Hall is on the left. -- Courtesy Photos

Comets' Day, Cordero, Smith, Aguirre all sign

SAN MARCOS (6-05-2013) -- Palomar's Kelli Day, Melissa Smith, Kathia Cordero and Melodee Aguirre have accepted volleyball scholarships to four-year colleges.

Day, a sophomore setter and two-time All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection out of Escondido High School, signed with Humboldt State University.

Cordero, a 5-foot, 11-inch sophomore middle blocker who also was a first-team all-conference honoree during the 2012 season,, signed with San Diego Christian University. She came to Palomar from Vincent Memorial Catholic High School in Calexico.

Sophomore outside hitter Melissa Smith, an Escondido High School product and a 2012 All-PCAC honorable mention selection, signed wth Vanguard University.

Aguirre, a sophomore opposite from Horizon Christian High School in San Diego, signed with Trinity International University in Deerfield, IL. Aguirre accepted a $26,000, 80-percent scholarship.

ABOVE: Palomar's club sand volleyball team with coach Karl Seiler. BELOW LEFT: Maddy Scarlett and Rocky Crook, who became the Comets' first-ever sand winners. BELOW RIGHT: Kelli Day and Melissa Smith vs. Riverside City College -- Courtesy photos

Comets lose, then defeat RCC in club sand debut

IRVINE (3-01-2013) -- Palomar's sand volleyball team made its debut a partially successful one on Friday, losing to Irvine Valley 5-0 but defeating Riverside City College 3-2 on Irvine Valley's new courts.

Sand volleyball has not yet been approved by the California Community College Athletic Association and is being contested as a club sport.

Against Irvine Valley, Palomar lost 21-7, 21-9 at No. 1, 21-8, 21-12 at No.2, 21-17, 21-16 at No. 3, 21-7, 21-5 at No. 4 and 21-9, 21-17 at No. 5.

Against RCC, the Comets won 21-19, 21-18 at No. 1, 21-14, 21-12 at No. 2 and 24-22, 21-3 at No. 4. Palomar lost 21-19, 21-11 at No. 3. The Nol 4 and No. 5 march-ups went into the books as double forfeits.

Maddy Scarlett and Rocky Crook became Palomar's first-ever winners.

Next up for the Comets: matches against Santa Ana and MiraCosta on March 15, also at Irvine. Club teams are allowed to play on three dates.

Standings to date among the Southern California teams competing this first season on the club level in one of the state's "mini-conferences" :Irvine Valley 2-0, Palomar 1-1, Santa Ana 0-0, MiraCosta 0-0, Riverside 0-2.

         

 

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