Palomar's club sand volleyball team with coach Karl
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
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
Maddy Scarlett and Rocky Crook became Palomar's
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.
2012 season ...
Roster, Schedule, Coaches
Deslauriers puts down 15 kills
as Comets sweep
(left) put down 15 kills in just three sets on Wednesday
evening as Palomar closed out its women's volleyball
season at The Dome by sweeping Cuyamaca 3-0.
(right) and Kathia Cordero each added six kills as the
Comets won 25-10, 25-17, 25-13.
Smith also had eight digs and two blocks for Palomar
(10-12, 7-5 in conference). Melodee Aguirre contributed
seven digs and three aces for the Comets.
The Comets ended the season with four victories in its
final five games.
Melissa Smith (10) scores on a kill vs. San diego Mesa
on Friday night.
Sendejas continues hot play but
Palomar dropped a 3-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
women's volleyball decision to co-leader San Diego Mesa
on Friday evening at The Dome despite another strong
perfomrance by Alex Sendejas.
The set scores were 22-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-18 as the
Comets led early only to see the Olympians battle back.
Sendejas had 10 kills and 10 digs. Kathia Cordero was
Palolmar'skill leader with 11. Kelli Day had 30 assists.
Palomar is 9-12 on the season, 6-5 in conference with
one game remaining, Wednesday at 5 p.m. vs. Cuyamaca at
avenge earlier loss, passes City in standings
Palomar avenged a first-round loss to San
Diego City College as the Knights came from
behind to down the Knights 3-2 (20-25,
25-22, 21-25, 25-21, 15-12) in Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference women's volleyball
action Wednesday evening at The Dome.
Along the way, the Comets passed the Knights
in the PCAC standings.
Jacqueline Deslauriers and Alex Sandejas led
the Comets (9-11, 6-4 in conference) with 13
kills each. Morgan Wynn contributed 11 digs.
The Knights are 8-8, 5-5.
Maddy Scarlett makes an athletic dig in
Palomar's 3-0 sweep of Imperial Valley at The Dome on Friday
evening. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Palomar sweeps for second time in three days
SAN MARCOS (11-02-2012) --
Palomar chalked up its second women's volleyball sweep
in three days on Friday evening at The Dome, defeating
Imperial Valley 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-17).
Kathia Cordero led the Comets (8-11 overall, 5-4 in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference) with 10 kills and a
.412 hitting percentage.l Alex Sandejas contributed nine
Morgan Wynn had 16 digs.
evens its PCAC record at 4-4
The Palomar women's volleyball team evened its
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference record at
4-4 on Wednesday evening by sweeping
The set scores were
25-19, 25-17, 25-12.
Alex Sendejas led the Comets with 10 kills,
while Jacqueline Deslauriers added nine
Mandy Scarlett had 16 assists. Setter Kelli
Day contributed 26 assists.
The Comets are 7-11 on the season.
PHOTO: Palomar's Kathia Cordero (foreground) and
Melissa Smith go up for a block in Wednesday's 3-0 sweep of
Southwestern. -- Courtesy photo by Russ Scoffin
ABOVE: Palomar's Kathia Cordero
(12) delivers a block of a spike by Grossmont's
Victoria Rodriguez on Wednesday night. The other
Comet in the air at the net is Kelli Day.
BELOW LEFT: Andrea Johnson, who had a
game-high 16 kills, goes up to hit the ball. --
Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Morgan Wynn, who
led the Comets in digs with 15
Comets give state
No. 11-ranked Griffins a battle
The Palomar women's volleyball team proved to be
a tough test for state No. 11-ranked Grossmont
at The Dome on Wednesday night before finally
dropping a 3-1 Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
decision to the Griffins.
was notably closer than the set margin
would indicate, with the scores
going into the books at 23-16, 23-25, 25-23, 25-23.
Andrea Johnson had 16 kills
and 11 digs to lead the Comets. Melissa Smith contributed
eight kills. Morgan Winn had 15 digs.
Grossmont advanced to
15-4 on the season, 6-1 in conference which
keeps the Griffins one game behind first place
and No. 10-ranked San Diego Mesa.
P'mar makes short work of PCAC foe Cuyamaca
SAN DIEGO (10-19-2012) --
The Palomar women's
volleyball team rebounded into the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference win column on Friday evening,
defeating Cuyamaca 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-15).
(left) led the Comets with 12 kills.
Melodee Aguirre had four kills.
Morgan Wynn notched 10 digs.
Palomar will be back home at The Dome on Wednesday,
hosting defending champion Grossmnt in a 5 p.m.
Palomar gives No. 10 Mesa huge scare, falls
DIEGO (10-17-2012) --
The Palomar women's
volleyball team gave San Diego Mesa, the No.
10-ranked team in California, a scare on Wednesday
night before finally losing 3-2 (14-25, 25-20,
23-25, 25-18, 15-11).
Three Comets were in double figures in kills in the
marathon Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match --
Andrea Johnson (12 kills), Jacqueline Deslauriers
(left, 11 kills) and Kathia Cordero (right, 10
Deslaures and Cordero each contributed four blocks.
Comets trek to the desert and down Arabs in 3
(10-10-2012) -- Palomar pushed its record over
.500 in Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's
volleyball on Wednesday evening, going on the road and
sweeping Imperial Valley 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-18).
Andrea Johnson (left) led coach Karl Seiler's Palomar team (5-8
in conference) with 13 kills.
Kathia Cordero right), a valley product out of Vincent
Memorial High School in Calexico, added nine goals for
Setter Kelli Day contributed 29 assists.
freshman Megan Lerno, whose sister Melissa Lerno was an
outstanding softball pitcher for Palomar and spent two
seasons as the Comets' pitching coach, had 10 kills and
20 digs to lead the Arabs (7-6, 1-3).
ABOVE: Libero Morgan Wynn digs the ball in the
Comets' 3-0 sweep of Southwestern on Friday evening
at The Dome. BELOW: Melissa Smith delivers a kill
agains the Jaguars. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Comets back in win column with sweep of Jags
Palomar returned to the
win column in women's volleyball on Friday evening.
Coach Karl Seiler's
Comets swept visiting Southwestern 3-0 (25-18, 25-12, 25-22) in a
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match playhd at The Dome.
Andrea Johnson had six kills and Kelli Day five
kills for the Comets (4-8, 1-1). Morgan Wynn
contributed 13 digs.
The Jaguars are 4-6, 1-2.
Palomar will be on the
road for its next four games, beginning Wednesday at
5 p.m. when the Comets travel to Imperial for
a PCAC match with Imperial Valley College.
Palomar on short end of 3-1 score in PCAC
Palomar dropped its
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball
opener to defending champion and state No. 10-ranked
Grossmont 25-18, 19-25, 25-23, 25-18.
Melissa Smith (left) and Andrea Johnson led the Comets with 14 kills each.
Palomar falls to 3-8 on the season against one of
the state's toughest schedules. After facing state
Top 10 teams in three of their most recent four
games, the Comets will attempt to even their
conference record at 1-1 when they play an unranked
team, Southwestern, next Friday (Oct. 5) at The Dome
at 5 p.m.
ABOVE: Kathia Cordero records a
block for Palomar against state No. 7-ranked Irvine Valley
at The Dome on Wednesday evening. No. 17 is Andrea Johnson.
BELOW: Savannah Simms contributes a dig. --
Photos by Hugh Cox
Comets give state No. 7 Lasers a test but
fall in 3
MARCOS (9-26-2012) -- Palomar gave state
No. 7-ranked Irvine Valley a competitive game
Wednesday evening at The Dome but lost in three sets
in a non-conference match-up 25-21, 25-20, 25-21.
Andrea Johnson led coach Karl Seiler's Comets
with 12 kills. Kathia Cordero had six kills.
Setter Kelli Day contributed 23 assists.
Palomar dropped to 3-7. But Seiler hopes a tough
early-season schedule will pay dividends in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference. The Comets have
played state No. 1-ranked and defending state
champion Los Angeles Pierce, No. 3 Bakersfield and
the No. 7 Lasers in pre-conference games.
Those three teams have a combined 28-2 win-loss
record so far this season. Pierce is 13-0, while
Bakersfield is 9-2 and Irvine Valley, with
Wednesday's victory, is 6-0.
Palomar faces another tough test on Friday when the
Comets open PCAC play on the road against defending
champion Grossmont at 5 p.m. The Griffins are 9-3
following a 25-14, 25-15, 25-10 sweep of Saddleback
on Wednesday and are ranked No. 10 in the state.
PC downs Canyons, loses to state champions
(9-14-2012) -- Trailing one set to zero on
Friday morning, the Palomar women's volleyball team
came from behind to down College of the Canyons
20-25, 25-19, 24-26, 25-21, 15-5 to begin the San
Diego Mesa Invitational.
The Comets and Cougars played at Grossmont College,
the alternate site for the tournament.
Two-time defending CCCAA state champion Los Angeles
Pierce then advanced to 5-0 by defeating the Comets
3-0 (25-13, 25-17, 25-17).
After splitting four close sets to begin the game,
Palomar rocked Canyons in the deciding fifth set.
The Comets jumped out to a commanding 13-1 lead
before Canyons could score its second point.
Palomar is 2-2 on the season with two more
games to conclude the tournament on Saturday.
ABOVE: Palomar outside hitter
Melissa Smith scores on a kill in the fifth game in
the Comets' victory -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Comets go on road, sweep 2012 season opener
BERNARDINO (8-30-2012) --
Coach Karl Seiler Palomar women's
volleyball team went on the road and swept San
Bernardino Valley 25-22, 25-13, 26-24 in a
non-conference game which opened the 2012 season for
Melissa Smith (left), a sophomore from Escondido
High School, led Palomar with 12 kills.
Setter Kelli Day (right), also a sophomore from
Escondido High, notched 27 assists.
Palomar makes 2012 debut at San Bernardino
MARCOS (8-29-12) --
volleyball team will begin its 2012 season this
evening (Wednesday) at non-conference opponent San
Bernardino Valley College, beginning at 5 p.m.
The Comets will be seeking their first Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference championship this season
since the 2008 and 2009 teams won back-to-back
Coach Karl Seiler has five players
back from last year's team, including
opposite-middle blocker Andrea Johnson (left, photo
by Hugh Cox) from Rancho Buena Vista High
School and setter Kelli Day (right) from Escondido
The other reurnees from last season are
defensive specialist-libero Morgan Wynn, opposite
Melodee Aguirre, outside hitter Melissa Smith and
middle blocker Kathia Cordero.
will play their home opener on Friday, Sept. 7 at
The Dome against Fullerton College, also beginning
at 5 p.m.
2011 season ...
Roster, Schedule, 2011 Player Photos, Coaches
ABOVE Elle Farrell dives to record
a dig in Comets' game against San Diego Mesa on
Wednesday evening at The Dome. -- Photo by Hugh Cox.
BELOW: Kelli Day, who had 18
assists for Palomar
Comets fall at home to PCAC co-leader SD
MARCOS (11-09-11) --
With a chance to move into a tie for second place in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference,
Palomar dropped a 3-0 decision to conference
co-leader San Diego Mesa on Wednesday evening at The
Dome. The scores were 2515, 25-20, 25-22.-
Jaycee Arthur (11 kills)
and Kelli Day (18 assists) led the Comets against
Mesa, which is tied for first place with Grossmont,
advanced to 15-4 on the season, 9-1 in conference.
Palomar is 12-8 and 7-3.
Arthur is PCAC Women's Athlete of the Week
DIEGO (11-07-11) --
Palomar sophomore outside hitter Jaycee Arthur has been
selected as Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports
by the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
a 5-foot, 10-inch Ramona High School product who
was second-team All-PCAC last season, ranks among the
top 10 in Southern California community college
volleyball with 2.91 kills per set.
Arthur put down 21 kills -- 10 in a 20-25, 25-13, 25-10,
25-13 win over Imperial Valley and 11 in a 25-15, 25-18,
24-19 victory over San Diego City College, both on the
Arthur and her Palomar teammates can move
into a tie for second place in the PCAC standings on
Wednesday by beating co-leader San Diego Mesa at The
Dome, beginning at 5 p.m.
Palomar sweeps SD City, await San Diego Mesa
(11-4-11) -- Visiting Palomar defeated San Diego City College in
three sets 25-15, 25-18, 25-19 in women's volleyball on Friday
evening at Harry West Gymnasium to advance to 12-7 on the season,
7-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Jaycee Arthur (11 kills), Elle
Farrell (24 digs) and Kelli Day left, (25 assists at
setter) led the Comets.
Palomar will host San Diego Mesa on Wednesday at 5
p.m. at The Dome in a match-up with playoff and
possible conference championship implications.
Comets come back, down IVC in four sets
(11-2-11) -- Down 1-0 after the first set, Palomar's women's
volleyball team rebounded to down Imperial Valley 20-25, 25-13,
25-10, 25-23 on Wednesday evening.
Melissa Smith (left,14 kills) and Jaycee Arthur (10
kills) led the Comets' offensive attack.
Elle Farrell contributed 12 digs, Morgan Wynn 10
kills. Kelli Day totaled 40 assists.
The Comets advanced to 11-7 overall, 6-2 in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Palomar defeats Southwestern in benefit game
SAN MARCOS (10-28-11) --
Coach Karl Seiler's Palomar women's
back Southwestern 25-18, 25-14, 19-25, 25-19 on Friday evening at
The Dome in a game played to benefit research to help cure breast
Jaycee Arthur (right) led the Comets with 16 kills,
six digs and an ace. Andrea Johnson had 11 kills. Setter Kelli
Day contributed 42 assists.
Palomar is 10-7 and 5-2 in the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference, remaining alone in third place.
Jaycee Arthur delivers a kill in Palomar's sweep of
visiting Cuyamaca on Wednesday at The Dome. --
Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW LEFT:
Anneke Bulthuis, who led the Comets with eight kills
in the three sets. BELOW RIGHT:
Morgan Wynn, who served
17 straight points in the third set to turn a 3-3
tie into a 20-3 Palomar lead.
Comets sweep Coyotes, go 4-1 in conference
MARCOS (10-19-11) --
Palomar upped its Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's volleyball record to 4-1 on Wednesday evening at
With the victory, the Comets
remained in a three-way battle for first place in
the conference with first-place San Diego Mesa and
Anneke Bulthuis (eight kills), Melissa
Smith (seven kills) and setter Kelli Day (23
assists). led the Comets.
Morgan Wynn served 17 straight points
in the third set to turn a 3-3 tie into a 20-3
The Comets were coming off a 3-0 loss at San Diego
Mesa on Friday as the Olympians took over undisputed
first place in the conference
Comets sweep City, set up
MARCOS (10-12-11) --
Coach Karl Seiler's Palomar Palomar women's
volleyball team swept San Diego City College 25-18,
25-12, 25-2 at The Dome on Wednesday evening.
The win set
up a showdown for the Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference lead on Friday at San Diego Mesa at
moved into a tie with Mesa for first place when the
Olympians upset previous PCAC leader Grossmont in
For Palomar (8-5, 3-0 in conference), Jacee
Arthur contributed nine kills and Andrea Johnson
added five kills in the quick three-set victory over
Ellie Farrell (above left) had 16 digs. Setter Kelli
Day (above right) added 29 assists, nine digs and
Palomar takes 67 minutes to dispose of IVC
MARCOS (10-7-11) --
Kelli Day (left) recorded 27 assists and broke the
game open by serving 11 straight points in the
second set Friday evening as Palomar took 1-hour, 7
minutes to sweep Imperial Valley 25-11. 25-12, 25-10
in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match-up at
Day, who served the
last five points in Palomar's' first set win,
utilized her jump to serve to notch four aces in her
second-set run as the Comets (7-5, 2-0) broke
a 10-10 tie to lead 21-10. Palomar had a
similar run in the third set, when Jennifer
Godfrey's kill gave the Comets an 18-8 cusion. They
went on to open up a 21-8 lead.
Andrea Johnson and Anneke Bulthuis had seven saves
for Palomar in the three sets. Brittany Mowry had
six kills. Jaycee Arthur added six kills. The Arabs
fell to 1-10, 0-3 in the conference.
Palomar gets PCAC season off on right foot
VISTA (10-5-11) -- Palomar moved over the
.500 mark on the season and began its Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference women's volleyball seasson on
the right foot on Wednesday evening, defeating
Southwestern 3-1 on thes road.
The set scores were (25-17. 23-25, 25-13, 25-14.
Jacee Arthur (above left, 13 kills) and Andrea
Johnson (right, 11 kills) led the Comets' offensive attack.
Setter Kelli Day recorded 27 assists. Elle Farrell
contributed 11 digs.
Palomar advanced to 6-5 on the season.
Coach Karl Seiler's Comets will play their home
conference opener against Imperial Valley on Friday,
beginning at 5 p.m. at The Dome.
Comets win consolation title at Mesa tournament
DIEGO (9-16-11) (9-17-11) --
After a 23-25, 25-13, 25-13, 25-20 (SD Mesa Tournament) loss to
Bakersfield in the first round, Palomar came back to win three
straight games and win the consolation championship of the San Diego
Mesa women's volleyball tournament that concluded a two-day run on
Coach Karl Seiler's Comets rebounded from the Bakersfield
game to defeat San Bernardino Valley 25-20, 19-25, 25-17,
Palomar outlasted San Bernardino Valley 25-20, 19-25,
25-17, 16-25 15-12.
The Comets then turned back Riverside Community College
25-21, 25-20, 26-24.
And, in the consolation championship game Palomar won again
in three sets, downing Long Beach City College 25-20, 25-20,
Against Bakersfield, Jaycee Arthur (above left) led the
Comets with 10 kills. Kelli Day contributed 35 assists.
Arthur put down 12 kills, Andrea Johnson 9 kills and Day 9
kills vs. San Bernardino Valley. Day also had 41 assists.
Arthur (14 kills, Melissa Smith 8 kills and Ashleigh
Cottrell 7 kills in the sweep of Riverside. Day chipped in
with 39 assists.
Smith and Day each had 8 kills in the consolation finals vs.
Long Beach.Day added 27 assists.
Earlier in the week, Palomar went on the road and dropped a
25-12,.25-14,.25-17 non-conference game to Irvine Valley.
Comets come back
to win third set but lose
FULLERTON (9-7-11) --
Palomar, playing on the
road, came back to capture the third set on
Wednesday evening but Fullerton held on for a 25-19,
25-23, 23-25, 25-21 non-conference victory.
ABOVE: Palomar' middle blocker
Ashleigh Cottrell (No. 8) follows through on a spike between two San
Bernardino Valley players on Wednesday evening at The Dome..
BELOW LEFT: Freshman outside hitter Andrea Johnson coils to
deliver one of her 11 kills for the Comets' eighth point in the
third set. -- Photos by Hugh Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Jacee Arthur,
who contributed 10 kills
in '11 season opener at Dome
MARCOS (8-31-11) -- Freshman Andrea Johnson from
Rancho Buena Vista High School and sophomore Jaycee
Arthur from Ramona High combined for 21 kills on
Wednesday evening in Palomar's season women's
volleyball opener at The Dome.
Palomar swept visiting San
Bernardino Valley College three games to zero in a non-conference game at The
Johnson put down 11 kills and Arthur
contributed 10 kills as coach Karl Seiler's Comets
won 25-16, 25-23, 25-18.
Melissa Smith added eight
kills and setter Kelli Day had 30 assists.
The Comets came from
behind to win the second and third sets.
land scholarships to 4-year level
MARCOS (7-12-11) --
Palomar outside hitter / opposites Janine Lawler and
Hannah Mallaby both have landed women's volleyball
scholarships to four-year universities.
Lawler, a sophomore from Rim of the
World High School in Lake Arrowhead who was a
second-team All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
selection last Fall, has accepted a
full scholarship the NCAA Division I University of
Mallaby, a sophomore from Rancho Bernardo
High, has accepted a scholarship to Division II
Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.
2010 season ...
2010 COMETS: Celebrating as
they sweep at the Dome. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Janine Lawler digs the ball in Wednesday's 25-13, 25-18, 25-15
win over Cuyamaca. Watching are (from left) Ellie Farrell,
Jaycee Arthur, Hannah Mallaby, Anneke Bulthuis and Ashley
Stanley (3). BELOW LEFT: Veronica Rooney (111) spikes the
ball past the Coyotes' Christina Baxter (14). -- Photos by Hugh
Cox. BELOW RIGHT: Hannah Mallaby, who led the Comets with
Palomar sweeps to victory on
Palomar honored its outgoing women's volleyball class in style
on Sophomore Night on Wednesday, sweeping Cuyamaca in a Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference match at the Dome.
The final was
25-13, 25-18, 25-15.
led the Comets with 10 kills. Janine Lawle
contributed nine kills. Setter Ashley Stanley had 31 assists.
10-11, 7-4 in conference heading into its season finale at PCAC
champion Grossmont on Friday evening.
The Coyotes are
ABOVE: Comets' Jaycee Arthur digs the ball in game 5 against San
Diego City on Wednesday. No. 3 at the right is setter Ashley
Stanley. BELOW: Charisa Boyer spikes the ball over City
College's Katie Peterson (5) and McKenna Ford (2). . -- Photos
by Hugh Cox
Palomar's hopes of 3rd title in row
take big hit
Palomar's hopes of a third straight Pacific Coast Athletic
Conference women's volleyball championship took a major hit at
the Dome on Wednesday evening.
The Comets were unable to hold onto a 2
games to 1 lead as they fell to San Diego City College 19-25, 25-15,
17-25, 25-17, 15-10.
led Palomar with 11 kills. Janine Lawler had nine kills.
Ashley Stanley 36 assists.
The Comets are
9-10 overall, 6-3 in conference.
The Knights move
to 7-7, 4-5.
ABOVE: Palomar's Elle Farrell spikes the ball in Friday
night's victory over Imperial Valley at the Dome. No. 11 is Veronica
Rooney. No. 5 is Charisa Boyer. BELOW: Coach Karl Seiler and
the Comets are pictured during a timeout. -- Photos by Hugh Cox
Palomar cools off IVC in four to go
6-2 in PCAC
Imperial Valley College arrived at the Palomar Dome on Friday
evening fresh from a three-game sweep over Grossmont, the
Pacific Coast Conference's first-place team, on Wednesday.
But the Comets
were up to the challenge, defeating the Arabs 27-25, 25-20,
21-25, 29-27 on Breast Cancer Awareness Night..
While the Arabs'
Camille Smith led in kills with 20, the Comets' more balanced
offensive attack prevailed.
(17 kills), Annoke Bulthus (10 kills) and setter Ashley Stanley
(43 assists) led Palomar.
Comets close in on 1st as IVC sweeps
(10-27-10) -- Led by
Jaycee Arthur (left) and Ashley Stanley (right), coach Karl
Seiler's Palomar women's volleyball squad went on the road and
swept Southwestern 25-16, 30-28, 25-22 on Wednesday evening
The two-time defending champion Comets moved to within one match
of Grossmont, the Pacific Coast Athletic Conference's
first-place team, in the process when the Griffins were swept by
Imperial Valley 25-23, 25-22, 25-21 in the desert.
Palomar with 13 kills. Stanley contributed 38 assists.
advanced to 8-9 on the season, 5-2 in the conference. The
Jaguars fell to 2-13, 1-6.
hosts the Imperial Valley team that upset Grossmont when the
Arabs invade the Dome on Friday at 5 p.m.
hold off Palomar
Two-time defending champion Palomar
started strong and finished strong, but it wasn't enough to beat
first-place Grossmont in a Pacific Coast Athletic Conference match at
The Griffins won 20-25,
25-20, 25-18, 25-23.
battled back from a nine-point deficit in the fourth game to
lead 21-20, but couldn't hold on.
led Palomar (7-9, 4-2) with 19 kills. Setter Ashley Stanley
contributed 39 assists..
The Griffins are
Comets sweep Coyotes, back
in win column
Two-time defending champion Palomar rebounded
from their first Pacific Coast Athletic Conference loss on Wednesday
by quickly dispatching Cuyamaca 3-0 on the road.
The scores were 25-16, 25-14, 25-18.
Janine Lawler (left) had
nine kills for Palomar (7-8, 4-1). Ashley Stanley had 25 assists.
Cuyamaca is 1-6, 0-4.
Palomar eventually drops a
Palomar kept coming back against San Diego Mesa in the teams'
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's volleyball match on
Wednesday evening at the Dome.
But the Comets
couldn't quite get over the hump in the fifth game after setter
Ashley Stanley's surprise dink, late kills by Jaycee Arthur, Charisa
Boyer and Veronica Rooney (left) and late blocks by Rooney and
Anneke Bulthuis (right) pulled them from behind to a 12-12 tie.
eventually outlasted them 25-22, 19-25, 25-16, 20-25, 15-13 in a
2-hour, 17-minute match that resulted in the Comets' suffering their
first PCAC loss.
hitter/opposite Hannahy Mallaby was outstanding for Palomar (6-8,
3-1) throughout the match. She served seven straight points to give
the Comets a 14-6 lead as they won the second game, and served them
to an 8-3 lead as they won the fourth game.
With the score
deadlocked at 17-17 late in game 4, Mallaby also served the Comets
into a 20-17 lead -- and her kills for the 25th point finished off
the Olympians in the game..
with four aces, and also led the Comets with 11 kills. Bulthuis and
Rooney each had nine kills. Stanley contributed 40 assists.
Mesa is 6-7, 2-1.
Comets' Lawler Athlete of Week for all
Palomar volleyball player Janine Lawler has been selected as Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference Women's Athlete of the Week for all sports
for the week that ended Sunday.
Lawler, a sophomore
outside hitter / opposite from Lake Arrowhead's Rim of the World
High School, came up big as two-time defending conference champion
Palomar won twice to advance to 3-0 in conference.
Lawler (file photo
at left by Hugh Cox) contributed 14 kills as the Comets went on the
road and swept Imperial Valley 26-24, 25-23, 25-13.
She came back with
13 kills as Palomar went on the road again later in the week and
defeated San Diego City College 25-23, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17.
She finished the
week with 17 kills, a .348 hitting percentage, six blocks and two
Palomar is 3-0 in PCAC after
downing SD City
Two-time defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference women's
volleyball champion Palomar's rugged pre-conference schedule is
paying off for the Comets in a big way.
begun conference play with three straight victories, including a
25-23, 15-25, 25-18, 25-17 victory over San Diego City College
on Friday night at City's Harry West Gymnasium.
(left) (13 kills), Anneke Bulthuis (10 kills) and Ashley Stanley
(36 assists) led the Comets. Palomar advanced to 6-7, 3-0. City
College, which started the season 5-1, is now 5-3, 1-2.
Sweep at IVC ups Comets' PCAC mark to
Palomar's two-time defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
women's volleyball champions are off to a 2-0 start in their
conference season after sweeping host Imperial Valley on Wednesday
The scores were
26-24, 25-13, 25-23.
Jaycee Arthur and
Janine Lawler led the Comets with 16 and 14 kills,
respectively. Ashley Stanley had 30 assists.
The Comets overcame
17 kills by IVC's Evelyn Escobar, the conference kills leader, and
33 assists by the Arabs' Shalyn Cheatham.
Arthur puts down a kill for the final point of Palomar's 25-22
victory over visiting Southwestern in the second game of the Comets'
sweep 1. BELOW:
Veronica Rooney spikes the ball late in the Comets' 25-21 third-game
win that completed the Comets' sweep of the Jaguars. -- Photos by
Palomar sweeps Southwestern to begin
(10-1-10) -- As if
on cue, Palomar came to life after an erratic pre-season on Friday
evening as the two-time defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
champions swept visiting Southwestern 25-11, 25-22, 25-21 to open
the 2010 conference season.
Jaycee Arthur and
Janine Lawler led Palomar (4-7, 1-0) with nine kills each.
Ashley Stanley dished off 33 assists.
In a pair of
tournaments the Comets played to conclude pre-conference play,
Palomar won one of four matches at San Diego Mesa and one of three
matches at Los Angeles Pierce College.
At Mesa, the weekend
of Sept. 17-18, the Comets opened with a 25-14, 25-11, 25-19 loss to
They also lost to
Victor Valley 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 and to Cerritos 24-26, 17-25,
25-13, 25-18, 15-10 when they were unable to hold a two games to
rebounded to defeat San Bernardino Valley for the secod time this
season 25-23, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15.
For the tournament,
Anneke Bulthuisled the Comets in kills with 20 and also had 14
blocks. Charisa Boyer had 24 blocks. Elle Farrell ccntributed 28
weekend at L.A. Pierce the Comets dropped their tournament opener to
the host Brahmas 25-16, 25-6, 25-21. Palomar lost to Bakersfield
22-25, 25-23, 25-129, 25-10, then came back to outlast Santa Monica
22-25, 25-23, 25-16, 19-25, 15-9..
Comets give state No. 3 Lasers scare in
MARCOS (9-15-10) --
Palomar into a another buzzsaw in its third volleyball match of the
2010 season on Wednesday evening, but didn't go quietly into the
Comets gave the Irvine Valley a scare in the second game
in a non-conference match, only to drop a 25-17, 23-25, 25-14
decision at the Palomar Dome.
which placed third in the state last season and is
currently ranked No. 3 in the state for 2010, is 2-0.
Palomar is 1-1.
(above left) and Veronica
Rooney (above right) led Palomar with six kills each.
ABOVE: Middle blocker Anneke
Bulthuis spkes the ball against Fullerton College in Palomar's home
opener on Wednesday evening. -- Photo by Hugh Cox. BELOW:
Janine Lawler, who had seven kills.
PC unable to hold early lead 3 times vs.
MARCOS (9-8-10) -- Palomar jumped in front of visiting Fullerton
in all three games in a non-conference match at the Palomar on
Wednesday evening but in each case was unable to finish.
result, the Comets dropped their home opener 25-19, 25-17,
25-19 to fall to .500 on the
served the Comets to a 5-0 lead if the third game.
Palomar with nine kills. Janine Lawler recorded
seven kills. Setter Ashley Stanley contributed 27 assists.
dropped to 1-1 on the season. It was the season opener for
Palomar sweeps season opener on the road
defending Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champion Palomar served
notice they will still be a factor despite heavy graduation losses
as it opened its 2010 season Wednesday evening on the road.
The Comets swept San
Bernardino Valley 25-18, 25-21, 25-19, going on the road and
sweeping the Wolverines in a non-conference match to open the
(eight kills) and Veronica Rooney (right, six kills) led
coach Karl Seiler's Palomar squad. Setter Ashley Stanley
dished off 20 assists.
Comets seeking third title in a row this
under coach Karl Seiler (left) will seek its third straight
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference championship this season
after going 21-5 in 2008 and 16-6 last Fall.
will open the season on Sept. 1 with a 5 p.m. non-conference
match on the road against San Bernardino Valley.
will face Fullerton and Irvine Valley, both at the Palomar
Dome, and will play in the San Diego Mesa Tournament and Los
Angeles Pierce tournaments prior to beginning PCAC play on
Oct. 1 against Southwestern at the Dome.
2009 season ...
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Champions
2009 Palomar women's volleyball
team, which repeated as Pacific Coast Athletic Conference champions. -- Photo by Hugh Cox
Bird to NAIA power Pt. Loma; 3 have
All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference setter Amy Bird's
scholarship to Point Loma Nazarene University, a national
power in the NAIA, gives Palomar three players from its 2009
conference championship team receiving "rides" to four-year
Bird led the
PCAC in assists for the second straight year, with 625 in 63
sets/games for an average of 9.92 per game. In two seasons,
the Tri-City Christian product, who originally accepted an
appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, had 1,025 assists for
Palomar sophomores from last Fall's team, conference Player
of the Year Shelly Morton accepted a scholarship to NCAA
Division I North Texas University, Cashel White to the
NAIA's Simpson University Both Morton and White are
Fallbrook High School products.
Morton lands D-I ride to U. of
Texas (2-17-10) -- Palomar sophomore outside hitter Shelley
Morton, the state
kill leader and Pacific Coast Athletic Conference Player of
the Year, has accepted an NCAA Division I full volleyball
scholarship to the University of North Texas.
Morton, a 5-foot-10 Fallbrook High School product, was a
recruiting coup for new North Texas coach Ken Murczek, the
brother of former Palomar men's player Tony Murczek.
the Mean Green over Campbell University, Gonzaga, Cal State
Fullerton, Concordia of Irvine and Cal State Los Angeles.
All-Southern California selection, she averaged 4.52 kills
per set/game to lead the state. Morton recorded 262 kills on
543 attempts, with a ..339 hitting pecentage and only 78
errors, for 58 sets/games.
helped lead the Comets to two straight conference
championships, is the sister of Nicole Morton, who led
Arizona State University in kills for three straight
Palomar's White accepts ride to
REDDING (2-21/20-2010 --
Cashel White (below right) has become the second
sophomore from Palomar's Pacific Coast Athletic Conference
champion women's volleyball team to accept a full scholarship.
daughter of Palomar football offensive line coach and
athletic academic counselor Steve White, selected Simpson
University, an NAIA school in Redding, CA.
5-foot-10 outside hitter / opposite from Fallbrook High
School who began her high school volleyball career at Rancho
Buena Vista, was an All-PCAC honorable mention selection.
PCAC Most Valuable Player Shelley Morton accepted a full
NCAA Division I scholarship to North Texas University in
Morton (above, Photo by Hugh Cox) and Karl Seiler (below left) have
been voted as Player of the Year and Coach of the Year in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Comets' Morton, Seiler Player, Coach of
-- Palomar sophomore outside hitter Shelley Morton, who
leads the state in kills per set/game, has been voted Player of the
Year honors by Pacific Coast Athletic Conference coaches.
Karl Seiler was selected as PCAC Coach of the Year.
Morton, a sophomore
from Fallbrook High School, who also has been selected to the
All-Southern California team and the all-state second team, is being
recruited, among others, by Cal State Fullerton.
The Comets' Aimee
Bird and Amanda Mendoza join Morton and Seiler on the all-conference
first team. Laiken Miller and Cashel White received honorable
Morton:12 kills in 3-set loss in
Southern Cal regional
COSTA MESA (11-24-09)
-- After a string of easy victories in the Pacific Coast
Athletic Conference, Palomar's conference schedule caught up with it
on Tuesday night. The Comets lost 25-17, 25-17, 25-14 on the
road against Orange Empire Conference powerhouse Orange Coast.
Morton, the stte leader in kills per set/game, went out in style for
t he Comets (16-5) with 12 kills. Janine Lawler added 10 kills.
PCAC tabs Morton conference Athlete of the Week
-- Palomar volleyball player Shelley Morton has been
selected as women's Athlete of the Week for all sports in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference.
Morton, a 5-foot-10
sophomore outside hitter from Fallbrook High School and the
conference's Player of the Year, put down 12 kills in three games in
the Comets' loss to Orange Coast in a Southern California playoff
match in Costa Mesa.
Morton led the state
this season in kills per set/game as Palomar went 16-5 (11-1 in
conference) and won its second straight PCAC championship.
Co-champs end with 9th in row; Coast
VISTA 11-18-09) --
Palomar swept host Southwestern 25-16, 25-14, 25-8
to end the women's volleyball regular season 16-4, 11-1 in the
Pacific Coast Athletic Conference on Wednesday evening.
Coach Karl Seiler's Comets
tied San Diego Mesa for the title, Palomar's second in a
row. The Comets, who move on to the Southern California
Regional first round on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Orange Coast.
Palomar is seeded 12th, OCC fifth.
The Comets won their last
nine regular-season matches. All 11 of their conference wins
came via sweeps.
Shelley Morton (eight
kills, above left), Amanda Mendoza (five kills, four blocks)
and Amy Bird (right, 25 assists) led Palomar statistically.
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