Cal Poly

College Roundup: Cal Poly volleyballcoach says he’s left out

Cal Poly volleyball head coach Jon Stevenson had “no access” to the team during the Mustangs’ tournament appearance at Utah Valley, according to posts to Stevenson’s Twitter account Saturday.

A Cal Poly spokesman confirmed Stevenson was not on the trip but declined further comment.

A post that appeared shortly after 3 p.m. read: “Watching the team that I built, trained, and prepared lose to inferior teams i.e. santa clara and university of utah (actually Utah Valley) but I have no access.”

No reason was offered for how or why Stevenson lost access, but a following post to Stevenson’s Twitter account said: “Look for the truth (when the time is right) on This is sad, sad, sad. I feel horribly for the kids. Folks can call anytime ...”

Stevenson, whose cell phone voice mailbox was full, declined to comment via text message.

Cal Poly athletic director Don Oberhelman did not return phone messages seeking comment.

The Mustangs volleyball team lost to Utah Valley 3-2 and Michigan 3-0 on Saturday following Friday’s 3-1 loss to Santa Clara. Their next match is scheduled for Friday in Murpheesboro, Tenn., against Middle Tennessee.

Stevenson is in his seventh season at Cal Poly since arriving in 2005 and guiding the Mustangs to national relevance for the first time in decades.

He took Cal Poly to the NCAA Tournament in 2006 and 2007, reaching the regional semifinals in 2007. It was the first time the Mustangs had advanced that far in the postseason since 1985.

Stevenson regularly spent offseasons moonlighting with USA Volleyball, which he has been affiliated with in various capacities since 1982.

Rising to prominence as a beach volleyball player in the 1980s and ’90s, Stevenson was a founding member of the Association of Volleyball Professionals tour and has been inducted into both the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame and the Professional Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame.

Cal Poly fell to 3-4 with the two losses Saturday, including being swept by No. 24 Michigan (25-17, 25-18, 25-21).

The Mustangs failed to record a service ace against Michigan. Kristina Graven led Cal Poly with 13 kills and eight dig, and Allison Lee added seven kills and seven digs.

Against Utah Valley, Cal Poly lost 25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 13-25, 15-11. Graven had 16 kills and seven digs, and Jennifer Keddy added 15 kills, six digs and an ace.

Cross Country

Cal Poly 22, UC Santa Barbara 35 (Men); Cal Poly 25, UC Santa Barbara 30 (Women)

The Mustangs swept the Gauchos in the season-opening race for both teams in the Lagoon Open in Santa Barbara.

Dan Gonia won the men’s 8K race with a time of 24 minutes, 19.8 seconds, ahead of two former Mustangs, Philip Reed and Jamason Mora, who ran unattached. Cal Poly finished six of its runners before UC Santa Barbara’s fourth runner finished.

On the women’s side, unattached runner Breanne Strenkowski finished the 5K race in first with a time of 17:12.7. Vanessa Hancock of Cal Poly was the first scoring runner and second overall in 17:22.1. Andrea Jacobs led the Gauchos in fourth place at 17:29.5

Tribune staff contributed to this report.