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Growing pains for men’s volleyball

A tough season of rebuilding ended recently for Palomar College Men’s Volleyball team.

The Comets finished 0-15 for the year. Despite the Comets record they produced well with Gennaro Licosati and Sam Sommers both getting over 75 kills.

“Sam and Genno are leaders in kills as well, they stepped up as key role players on the team,” said Head Coach Bryan Campbell.

Sommers is reportedly transferring up to Cal Poly San Louis Obispo.

Another standout was Ramon Castaneda who led the team with 45 aces.

“He is a tough server with great ball placement,” added Campbell. Castaneda will not return either as he has recently enlisted in the U.S. Marines.

The team struggled with defense as some players adapted to new positions.

“Leo (Sandoval) who is usually a defensive specialist stepped up and produced well as a setter,” said Campbell. A player changing positions from defense to a setter is similar to becoming a quarterback in football, requiring you to call plays and run strategy for the team.

Other students were challenged by the transition to full-time college.

“We have had to deal with some growing pains this year. We had freshman student athletes making the adjustments and they have to be students first,” said Campbell.

The Comets have four returning starters as well as other redshirts and support players.

“We are preparing for next year. We are only losing 4 out of 14 altogether and we’ve found some good prospects out on the recruiting trail,” added Campbell.

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