Matt Cisneros, 36, a head coach at Austin Performance Volleyball, was placed on administrative leave recently after being charged with misdemeanor assault last October.
"One of APV's female coaches has accused Mr. Cisneros of assault," according to a July 8 statement from APV shared with parents and players obtained by Austonia. "The alleged assault involved a bite on her leg that left a bruise."
APV has four locations in and around Austin and offers club teams for girls ages 9 to 18, according to its website.
The alleged assault
The alleged assault occurred on Aug. 1, 2020. Several APV coaches, including Cisneros and another head coach, Raquel West, 25, were on a boat on Lake Travis for a social gathering, according to the APV statement and an affidavit for Cisneros' arrest obtained by Austonia.
"At the end of the day, while they were returning to the marina, (Cisneros) asked (West) to sit next to him," according to the affidavit. "(West) stated that out of nowhere, (Cisneros) leaned over from a seated position and bit (West) on her left thigh, near her knee."
Travis County Sheriff's Office Detective Joe Rankin wrote in the affidavit that Cisneros said he did not remember the incident but also would not deny that he bit West. Rankin also wrote that he had reviewed text messages between West and Cisneros in which Cisneros apologized for his actions.
APV placed Cisneros on administrative leave on Thursday after West posted about the incident on Instagram, using the hashtag #metoo, according to the statement. "I am absolutely terrified posting this, but I am doing a disservice if I don't," she wrote in the Thursday post. "I'm done feeling scared. I'm done feeling silenced."
Up until the alleged assault, West told Austonia that Cisneros had behaved flirtatiously toward her at work, often in a way that she found "creepy," but never violently.
Since posting about the incident, West said she has received support from parents whose daughters play at APV and messages from two former members of the University of Texas women's volleyball club team, which Cisneros coached from 2014 to 2015 and again between 2017 and 2019, who feel he acted inappropriately toward them. "It's very unfortunate, but there are more people who want to be heard," she told Austonia.
Cisneros' lawyer Joseph Aragon did not respond to multiple requests for comment. Austonia also reached out to Matthew Cisneros via Facebook and his work email account but did not receive a response.
Others who worked with and were coached by Cisneros said he behaved inappropriately and unprofessionally toward female athletes, making lewd comments and sending "pestering" messages on social media apps.
Sammy Ramos, 29, is a private volleyball coach who previously worked with Cisneros at APV and UT. He learned of the alleged assault on Thursday when a former UT club team member shared West's Instagram post in a group chat of which he is a part. Since then, many of his former players at UT and APV have reached out to him to share accounts of conversations with Cisneros that made them uncomfortable.
"All of my former club players have started trickling in and telling me their interactions with Matt," he told Austonia. "Honestly I'm so sad that it's way more people than I thought."
Ramos said he has witnessed similar behavior firsthand. While coaching the UT women's club volleyball team, he said he heard Cisneros comment to one of the players, "You should close your legs because I can smell you from here."
Ramos said Cisneros was never reprimanded for the alleged behavior, despite players at both UT and APV expressing discomfort with him. "I feel like I didn't do enough," he said, explaining why he is speaking publicly about his former colleague.
A former APV athlete, 26, who asked that her name not be published, told Austonia that when she was 17 Cisneros invited her and a teammate into his hotel room for a beer while in San Antonio for a tournament. She quickly felt uncomfortable and left but decided not to tell anyone about the experience because she worried she would get in trouble for drinking or cause Cisneros to lose his job. "Now as a mother, I was definitely manipulated," she said.
The experience led her to quit volleyball upon graduating from high school. "It really made me lose my love for it," she said.
Once she was 18, however, the former APV player said Cisneros repeatedly contacted her on social media apps—leaving comments, sending private messages and making phone calls—for three years, prompting her to block him in 2017 despite fears that he would react. In screenshots of conversations reviewed by Austonia, Cisneros suggested she come visit him at work, prompting her to respond: "I have a boyfriend like I've told you many times."
A second former APV athlete, 22, who also asked that her name not be published, shared in a statement to Austonia that Cisneros had messaged her on Instagram multiple times in April and May, initially asking her to coach at APV and then becoming "inappropriate with leading compliments saying I was gorgeous and looked good." She felt uncomfortable with what she called "inappropriate harassment" and blocked him on the social media app. Last week, she said he tried to refollow her. She said she was 17 and 18 while playing at APV but not coached by Cisneros.
An ongoing case
APV leadership did not respond to specific questions about the alleged biting incident and its decision to place Cisneros on administrative leave. "The statement says all that APV intends to say about this matter at this time," attorney Leonard Smith wrote in an email to Austonia on Saturday. "Like you, APV awaits the conclusion of the judicial process involving Mr. Cisneros."
Cisneros voluntarily turned himself in and was booked at the Travis County Jail on Oct. 9, according to a Travis County Sheriff's Department spokesperson. He posted a personal bond of $3,000 on the same day, according to the Travis County Clerk's office, and his fourth pre-trial conference is set for Aug. 18.
"APV understands that a recent social media post may cause concern among team parents and players," according to the APV statement. "Though Mr. Cisneros exercised poor judgment in this interaction, he is certainly entitled to due process and the presumption of innocence."
Cisneros has spent six years coaching at APV, according to its website. He also coached the University of Texas women's volleyball club team during the 2014-15 academic year, when they won the national championship, and again in 2017-18 and 2019. He also played for the UT men's volleyball club from 2004 to 2007.
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In what could be one of their least energetic showing to date, Austin FC was outperformed by home team San Jose in a 4-0 road loss late Wednesday night.
As the first team officially out of playoff contention in a loss on Saturday, the team seemed defeated from almost the moment they hit the pitch as Quakes standouts Chris Wondolowski and Javier "Chofis" Lopez scored on the team.
A 10th-place San Jose maintained a clean sheet in the match as they inched closer to a last-minute spot in playoffs.
Just as they did in their 1-0 loss Saturday, it was Austin FC who struck first in the match. Captain Alex Ring forced a save from Quakes keeper JT Marcinkowski in just the second minute of play, while star forward Sebastian Driussi followed soon after.
A little over 10 minutes later, San Jose responded with a shot of their own as Austin keeper Brad Stuver was forced into action with a diving save. But with a failing backline and a lack of energy throughout, a frustrated Stuver wouldn't be enough to stave off the home team Quakes in their four-goal triumph.
After a slow first half, San Jose star Chofis was the first to strike after sneaking past Stuver to make it 1-0 for the home team to kick off the second half.
Just five minutes later, Quakes midfielder Benjamin Kikanovic broke free with a fast-paced drive in a play that saw two Asutin FC players hit the ground to double the lead. Stuver and other players were immediately outraged in the controversial call after an apparent handball in the box.
MLS' top all-time scorer Chris Wondolowski capitalized on the slow Austin defense next, taking a pause in the box to score the third goal unmanned in the 59th minute.
Finally, Carlos Fierro clinched the win for the home team after placing a header from six yards out off of a cross and corner kick to end the match 4-0 for San Jose.
Austin Head Coach Josh Wolff attempted to staunch the wound with a series of subs starting at the beginning of the second half, subbing in native Austinite McKinze Gaines for Moussa Djitte and Rodney Redes for Cecilio Dominguez. But no subs were enough to push back against the 'Quakes as the team lost their second match in a row.
Austin FC has four final matches to end the season, including two remaining home matches against the Houston Dynamo at 4 p.m. on Sunday and a final match at Q2 Stadium against Sporting Kansas City at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4.
Here's a live blog of the match:
85' San Jose makes it 4-0
Austin FC once again can't plug holes in the box as San Jose scores their fourth goal of the match off a set piece and header to make it 4-0 in the 85th minute. The Quakes' Carlos Fierro scores on a header from close up after a well-placed cross from Cristian Espinoza as a frustrated Stuver is unable to block the six-yard shot.
Frustrated and sluggish, Austin FC appears to have lost their chance at a win or draw in one of their worst losses by scoring margin this season.
59' Wondolowski scores for the "Quakes
Just a minute after he hits the pitch, MLS' all-time top scorer Chris Wondolowski tacks one more onto San Jose's lead as the home team leads 3-0 in the 59th minute. A beleaguered Austin leaves Wondolowski undefended as he receives the ball in the box, pauses and scores in the bottom right corner of goal.
It's looking to be an especially bad match for Austin, who already sit at the bottom of the West. The Verde and Black continue to be outperformed in their late-season road matches.
53' Austin doubles the lead
After a rough-and-tumble drive that saw two Austin FC players take a fall, San Jose's Benjamin Kikanovic shoots past Stuver to score the second goal of the match for the home team. The play drew ire from Austin FC players including Stuver, who said there was a handball in the box. Austin's defense continues to be outperformed in the match.
47' San Jose scores first
The Earthquakes finally capitalized on a sluggish Austin FC as San Jose's Javier "Chofis" Lopez snuck one past keeper Brad Stuver and a last-ditch dive from Austin's Jhohan Romana to net the first goal of the match. The goal is Lopez' 12th on the season.
40' Romana gets yellow carded
Romaña is trying to play flag football 😂 #AustinFC— Seth Davis (@sethdavis512) October 21, 2021
Austin FC's Jhohan Romana is the first to get yellow carded in the match after grabbing a jersey in the 40th minute of play. Seconds later, Austin nearly gets an opportunity as San Jose keeper JT Marcinkowski fumbles a blocked shot, but he passes the ball off before the Verde and Black can get one in off the rebound.
The Quakes repeat the move in the 41st minute as they nearly get one past Stuver, who is able to hold it down unguarded and grab a shot from Jeremy Ebobisse.
18' Stuver keeps it clean
Just like Saturday, it was Austin who struck first with a shot by Captain Alex Ring in just the second minute of play. Star newcomer Sebastian Driussi came soon after with a shot of his own, but the ball was once again kept out of goal.
Just over 10 minutes later, Austin keeper Brad Stuver got his first big test as the Quakes' Jeremy Ebobisse shot one towards the bottom left corner. In signature fashion, Stuver was able to keep a clean sheet.
Austin's "strongest lineup yet" may not have been able to finish in Saturday's loss, but they created plenty of chances. Wolff seems to have confidence in the starting XI and hasn't changed much for tonight.
Nick Lima is in for right back in Hector Jimenez's stead, while Cecilio Dominguez, Moussa Djitte and Sebastian Driussi lead up front. Center back Matt Besler remains out on concussion protocol.
Tesla's third-quarter profits were released on Wednesday afternoon and current richest-man-on-earth Elon Musk topped the charts since his high-profile transition to Austin.
Q3 held record-high deliveries for the electric vehicle manufacturer, despite chip shortages and supply chain issues. Revenue came in slightly shy of expectations but still yielded the most profitable quarter thus far for Tesla. Plus, adjusted earnings per share are also on the rise.
"A variety of challenges, including semiconductor shortages, congestion at ports and rolling blackouts, have been impacting our ability to keep factories running at full speed," Tesla said in a statement. "We believe our supply chain, engineering and production teams have been dealing with these global challenges with ingenuity, agility and flexibility."
According to Tesla's update, the EV giant's Q3 revenue came in at $13.76 billion—a big year-over-year increase as Tesla recorded $8.77 billion in Q3 of 2020. The expectation was $13.9 billion and though the company came in just a few million lower, it was the company's ninth-straight profitable quarter.
Though earnings were a touch lower than expected, adjusted earnings per share came in at $1.86, where expected had been $1.67, and a year ago was 76 cents per share.
An accomplishment for Tesla this quarter was delivering more than 241,300 vehicles worldwide from its California factory—almost half of what the company delivered throughout all of 2020.
This Q3 update comes on the heels of Tesla's announcement that it would move its headquarters to the capital city. Additionally, the new Gigafactory in southeast Travis County is looking more complete by the day. While full-scale production isn't slated to start until 2022, the factory has already begun testing its robotic assembly line.
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