"JOIN THE TEAM" (PROSPECTIVE
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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
Palomar's Crook and Lerno make
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.
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.
Rocky Crook, with a dig.
-- Photos by Hugh Cox.
BELOW LEFT: Rachel
Katy Harlow-Nohe -
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Comets fall to state No. 5 Olympians
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
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.
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.
Comets' season ends 12-11 overal, 8-6 in
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Home matches listed in
* -- Pacific
Coast Athletic Conference
Home matches at
Palomar Dome on campus
Head Women's Volleyball
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,
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
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
Seiler lives in the French
Valley area of Temecula with his wife and family.
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