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2014 season ...

Comets to begin 2014 season as road warriors

SAN MARCOS (8-11-2014) -- 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 5 p.m.

The Comets have one returning All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference first-team selection returrning, Maci Lerno (above).

Off-season ...

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
 1  Haley Farnum S/L 5'4" So Kimberly (Kimberly, Wisconsin) / University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley
 2  Amanda Gibson DS 5'5" Fr Fallbrook
  3 Brittany Andrade L/DS 5'2" Fr Oceanside
 4  Rylee Zimmerman OH 5'8" So Mission Vista
 5  Rachel McFarland OH/OPP 5'7" So Heritage Christian (San Diego)
  6 Aspen Luedtke S 5'9" Fr Mission Vista
 7  Ashli Pardi DS 5'5" Fr Mission Vista
  8 Madi Stark OH/OPP 5'9" Fr Elsinore (Wildomar)
  9  Colleen Jones OH 5'7" So Rancho Buena Vista
10 Kelli Iverson MB/OPP 5'10" Fr Christian Life
11 Hannah Seits MB 5'11" So Ramona
12 Maci Lerno MB/OH 5'9" So Southwest (El Centro)
14 Brittany Mitchell S 5'6" Fr Temecula Valley
15 Gabby Hutzler DS 5'4" Fr Standley Lake (Westminster, Colorado)
16 Megan Wood OPP 5'10" Fr Escondido Charter
--- Vanessa Flores DS 5'2" RS Whittier

2014 Schedule, Results

Date

Opponent

Site

Time/

Score

Records

(All/Conf.)

Sat Oct 30 Pasadena City College El Cajon (Grossmont College) Noon  
  Chaffey El Cajon (Grossmont College) 4 p.m.  
Fri Sep 5 San Bernardino Valley San Bernardino 5 p.m.  
Wed Sep 10 Irvine Valley The Dome 5 p.m.
Fri Sep 19 San Diego Mesa Tournament day 1 San Diego TBA  
Sat Sep 20 San Diego Mesa Tournament day 2 San Diego TBA  
Wed Sep 24 +-Mt. San Jacinto San Jacinto 5 p.m.  
Wed Oct 2 +-Southwestern Chula Vista 5 p.m.  
Fri Oct 3 +-Imperial Valley The Dome 5 p.m.
Wed Oct 8 +-MiraCosta Oceanside 5 p.m.  
Fri Oct 10 +-Cuyamaca The Dome 5 p.m.
Wed Oct 15 +-San Diego Mesa San Diego 5 p.m.  
Fri Oct 17 +-Grossmont The Dome 5 p.m.
Wed Oct 22 +-San Diego City College The Dome 5 p.m.
Fri Oct 24 +-Mt. San Jacinto The Dome 5 p.m.
Fri Oct 31 +-Southwestern The Dome 5 p.m.
Wed Nov 5 Imperial Valley Imperial 5 p.m.  
Fri Nov 7 +-MiraCosta The Dome 5 p.m.
Wed Nov 12 +-Cuyamaca Rancho San Diego 5 p.m.  
Fri Nov 14 +-San Diego Mesa The Dome 5 p.m.
Wed Nov 19 +-Grossmont El Cajon 5 p.m.  
Fri Nov 21 +-San Diego City College San Diego 5 p.m.  

Home matches listed in bold

* -- Pacific Coast Athletic Conference

Home matches at Palomar Dome on campus

8/11/2014

Schedule Subject to Change

COACHES

KARL SEILER

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.


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
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