Cal Poly volleyball coach Jon Stevenson once told me he thought the Mustangs could win the national championship within a couple years with Ashley Adams.
Adams, the former two-time Tribune County Girls Volleyball Player of the Year, had backed out of a commitment to Louisville to sign with Cal Poly during her senior year at SLO High back in 2006.
With rare athleticism for her 6-2 frame, Adams was one of the most intimidating forces in SLO County prep volleyball history. Put her with a team that was in the midst of a meteoric rise to relevancy, and the potential seemed limitless.
But for one reason or another, she never made it to Cal Poly. And within a year of leaving the Tigers, Adams had completely fallen off the map.
Now, she’s finally surfaced, and she’s playing volleyball again.
After apparently getting married and giving birth to a baby boy, Adams is appearing as a freshman on the volleyball roster at Middle Tennessee State.
It’s encouraging to see that Adams has an opportunity now to live up to some of the potential that had Stevenson so excited about her commitment to Cal Poly.
From the Mustangs perspective, though, her name will only inspire heartache over what might have been.