Karl Seiler, Head Coach kseiler@palolmar.edu



Women's Volleyball


2014 Roster  |  2014 Schedule-Results, Coaches  |  2013 Season  |  2015 Sand Volleyball

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ABOVE: Palomar's 2013 club sand volleyball team with coach Karl Seiler. The Comets will field a varsity intercollegiate team this upcoming spring. -- Courtesy photo

Addition of sand v-ball brings sport total to 22

SAN MARCOS (5-29-2014) -- Palomar has added women's sand volleyball as its 22nd intercollegiate varsity sport, Director of Athletics Scott Cathcart has announced.

The Comets will field its first team next spring with Karl Seiler, their indoor women's volleyball coach for the last 18 years, as head coach. Seiler, who will be head coach of both teams, has guided Palomar to conference indoor championships in 1996, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009.

He'll step down as an assistant for the men's volleyball team, which also plays in the spring.

The Californnia Community College Athletic Association added sand volleyball as a varsity sport at its March convention. It's been a club sport for the past two springs.

Palomar will play in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference along with five other first-year programs -- Grossmont College, MiraCosta College, San Diego City College, San Diego Mesa College and Southwestern College.

Seiler, the Comets' coach, played at Torrey Pines High School and for Palomar's men's volleyball team in 1988 and 1989 and has a Bachelor's degree from San Diego State University and a Master's degree from Azusa Pacific University. He's a full-time instructor in Palomar's Kinesiology Department. He said he's actively seeking players to play for both Palomar's sand volleyball and indoor volleyball teams.

"Sand volleyball gives us 11 men's sports and 11 women's sports and is a natural fit for our (athletics) program," Cathcart said. "It will provide a major enchancement to our established indoor program while expanding our offerings (in women's sports)."

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.

2014 Roster

No Name Pos Ht Yr High School / Previous College

2014 Schedule, Results









Home matches listed in bold

* -- Pacific Coast Athletic Conference

Home matches at Palomar Dome on campus



Head Women's Volleyball Coach

Karl Seiler is a five-time Pacific Coast Conference Coach of the Year, being honored in 1996, when the Comets reached the Southern California Community College Regional championship match, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2008 and 2009. All five seasons, Palomar won the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference title, and the 2003 Comets recorded its first-ever unbeaten conference season.

Seiler 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.

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


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