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24th-ranked Eagles top
PC in conference opener
SAN JACINTO (9-24-2014) --
Mt. San Jacinto, which is unbeaten against
California opponents but ranked only 24th in the
state, surprised 14th-ranked Palomar 3-0 in the
teams' Pacific Coast Athletic Conference opener on
The Eagles, playing at home, won
25-18, 25-22, 25-16.
For Palomar, Maci Lerno led in
kills with seven. Kelli Iverson had five kills.
Mt. San Jacinto has lost only to
Arizona Western College in going 7-1 this season. The Comets saw their 2014 record
fall to 6-2.
State No. 14 Comets go
3-0 at Mesa Invitational
EL CAJON / SAN DIEGO
Coach Karl Seiler's
Palomar women's volleyball squad, ranked No. 14
in the California Community College Coaches
Association state poll for the second week in a
row, swept to three victories in three matches
in the two-day San Diego Mesa Invitational.
The Comets opened with a 3-0
(25-22, 25-21, 30-28) sweep of Cerro Coso on
They came back Saturday to
defeat Citrus 3-0 (25-22,25-11, 25-23) and the
NJCAA's Phoenix College 3-2 (25-21, 25-23,
22-25, 18-25, 16-14).
Maci Lerno had a big
tournament for Palomar, which has started the
On Saturday, Lerno
contributed 23 kills, 2 aces and 14 digs vs. the
Owls and the Bears.
Rylee Zimmerman (above
right, 14 kills, 5
aces,24 digs), Madi Stark (18 kills, 7 aces, 2
digs), Aspen Luedtke I51 assists) and Kelli
Iverson (11 kills) also played major roles in
Aspen Luedtke of
Palomar returns the ball right back at Irvine Valley's
Marisa Doran on Wednesday at The Dome. -- Photo by Hugh
State No. 2
Lasers hold off No. 14 Comets in 3
MARCOS (9-10-2014) -- Palomar's three-match
win streak to begin the season went by the boards in
three sets in its home opener on Wednesday at The
Dome, courtesy of the state's No. 2-ranked community
college team, Irvine Valley.
The Lasers swept
the state 14th-ranked Comets 25-18, 25-17, 25-15 as the
visitors advanced to 3-0 on the season, including a
five-set victory over the nation's second-ranked NAIA
team, Concordia University of Irvine.
Palomar played its best
volleyball early in the match, coming back from a 6-0
deficit in the first set to pull even at 6-6 and then
7-7. The Comets also were down by only one point, at
13-12, midway through the second half. But they never
were able to take a lead in 1-hour, 44-minute
State No. 14 Comets
host No. 2 Irvine Valley
MARCOS (9-09-2014) --
The Palomar women's
volleyball team, which is off to a 3-0 start and is
ranked No. 14 in the state, could hardly have picked
a tougher opponent for Wednesday's home opener than
Irvine Valley, the team the Comets will play at 5
p.m. at The Dome.
The Lasers (2-0)
come in ranked second in the state and are fresh from a
five-set victory over Concordia University of Irvine,
the No. 2 team in the nation in the NAIA. Concordia is
ranked only behind the defending NAIA national champion,
University of Texas at Brownsville. Concordia has been
ranked in the top three in the last 37 national polls.
For its part, Irvine Valley is
ranked behind only defending state champion Cabrillo,
which has a 33-match winning streak, in the California
Community College Women's Volleyball Coaches Association
poll that was released on Monday.
Grossmont, which lost to
Cabrillo in the 2013 state championship match, is No. 3
in the state rankings. In the Southern California poll,
Irvine Valley is ranked No. 1, followed by Grossmont at
No. 2, El Camino at No. 3, Santa Barbara City College at
No. 4, Golden West at No. 5, San Diego Mesa at No. 7 and
Palomar at No. 8.
Palomar, behind kill leader and
returning first-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference selection Maci Lerno (above left), reached
the No. 14 spot in the state rankings with victories
over state No. 16 Chaffey 3-1, Pasadena City College
(3-0) and San Bernardino Valley (3-0).
Lerno, a 5-foot-9 sophomore
outside hitter / middle blocker from Southwest High
School in El Centro who also starts for the Comets'
softball team, is averaging 3.1 kills per set. Aspen
Luedtke (above right), Palomar's freshman setter from
Mission Vista High School, averages 8.30 assists per
Irvine Valley is led by Annie
Mitchem, a 6-foot-2 middle blocker from Friendswood High
in Friendswood, Texas who put down 16 kills in the win
over Concordia and 19 kills in a 3-0 sweep over state
No. 18 College of the Canyons.
Palomar is 3-0 after sweeping San Bernardino
BERNARDINO (9-05-2014) --
Palomar is off to a 3-0 start after going on the road
again and sweeping its non-conference volleyball match
from San Bernardino Valley 3-0 (25-19, 25-14, 25-17) on
Friday night at the SBVC Women's Gym.
Madi Stark (left) and
Maci Lerno led the Comets with eight kills apiece. Rylee
Zimmerman (right) had four digs, and Aspen Luedtke
contribted 24 assists from her setter position.
Palomar will be back in action
on Wednesday, when the Comets host one of the top teams
in the state, Irvine Valley, at the Dome. The match is
slated for a 5 p.m. start.
Lerno's 23 kills lead PC to
pair of victories
EL CAJON (8-30-2014) --
Led by returning All-Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference selection Maci Lerno's 23 kills,
Palomar's women's volleyball team opened its
2014 season by defeating Pasadena City College
and Chaffey on Saturday in the Grossmont College
The Comets swept Pasadena 3-0 (25-18, 27-25,
25-23). They turned back Chaffey 3-1 (28-26,
25-13, 23-25, 25-8).
Lerno (left) put down 14 kills,
Rylee Zimmerman 8 and Madi Stark 8 against Chaffey.
Stark also had 15 digs.
Kelli Iversion led in blocks wit
3. Amanda Gibson contributed 9 digs, and Aspen Luedtke
had 32 assists.
In the Pasadena match, Lerno had
9 kills and 11 digs. Stadi had 7 kills and 3 service
aces. Luedtke contributed 27 assists.
Comets to begin 2014 season as
Coach Karl Seiler's Palomar women's volleyball squad
will be on the road for most of the early season in
2014, with its home opener vs. last year's
third-place state finisher Irvine Valley on
Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 5 p.m. at The Dome,
sandwiched between two stretches of away matches.
It will be the Comets' only non-conference home
match of the regular season, and their only
appearance at The Dome in a 32-day stretch that
lasts from late August to the first week of October.
The Comets begin the season Aug. 30 against Pasadena
City College (at noon) and Chaffey (at 4 p.m.), both
on a neutral court at Grossmont College.
They'll travel to San Bernardino Valley on Sept. 5,
will host Irvine Valley, then go back on the road to
play in the San Diego Mesa Tournament on Sept. 19-20
before opening Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
play at Mt. San Jacinto (on Sept. 24) and
Southwestern (on Oct. 1).
Palomar eventually returns to The Dome for a PCAC
match against Imperial Valley on Friday, Oct. 3, at
The Comets have one returning All-Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference first-team selection returrning,
||Photos by Melinda
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
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
"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
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