Volleyball

The University of Dubuque volleyball team continues to take strides in becoming one of the consistent performers in the American Rivers Conference. The Spartans have taken top-ranked opponents into five sets and have proven a tough opponent for all they face.  

Expect to compete in several tournaments while traveling to some of the best indoor venues in the tri-state region. The Spartans are named to the All-Tournament team in nearly every tournament they compete in during the fall season. UD plays an offense which spreads the ball around giving opportunities for many student-athletes to contribute during the season. UD won the first ever Iowa Conference Team Championship with a perfect 6-0 record in 1982 and also won the team title in 1995. UD finished second in 2018 and won the American Rivers Tournament to earn a bid into the 2018 NCAA Division III National Championships. The Spartans have qualified for four NCAA Division III Championships.

Volleyball News

Andresen Garners CoSIDA Academic All-District Recognition

Nov 16, 2018

University of Dubuque junior and volleyball middle hitter, Rylee Andresen, was honored for her work on the court and in the classroom by CoSIDA, being named First Team Academic All-District.

AVCA Selects Wright as Honorable Mention All-American

Nov 13, 2018

The American Volleyball Coaches Assosicated announced their All-Americans for the 2018 volleyball season, naming Kara Wright honorable mention.

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Name Position Event Height Weight Year Hometown
1 Jenna Runde Libero 5-6 Senior Elgin, Ill.
2 Grace Strawser Defensive Specialist 5-7 Junior Bettendorf, Iowa
3 Kara Wright Outside Hitter 5-10 Junior Stockton, Ill.
5 Johanna Steggall Def. Specialist 5-9 Senior Marion, Iowa
7 Bre Cullen Outside Hitter/DS 5-7 Junior Chana, Ill.
8 Kate Messino Setter 5-7 Freshman McHenry, Ill.
9 Lydia Kleckner Middle Hitter 5-11 Sophomore Decorah, Iowa
10 Kendall Kaufmann Outside Hitter 5-9 Senior Sheridan, Ill.
12 Rylee Andresen Middle Hitter 6-2 Junior Oxford Junction, Iowa
13 Shauna McAleer Middle Hitter 6-2 Sophomore Goose Lake, Iowa
14 Isabel Cleary Outside Hitter 6-1 Sophomore Bismark, N.D.
15 Lyndy Holdt Defensive Specialist 5-7 Sophomore Davenport, Iowa
16 Maddy Cruz Outside Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Chicago, Ill.
18 Hanna Horsfield Defensive Specialist 5-4 Freshman Epworth, Iowa
20 Paige Harbort Middle Hitter 5-10 Junior Janesville, Wis.
21 Chloe Olson Middle Hitter 5-10 Sophomore Longmont, Colo.
22 Hailey Wills Outside Hitter/DS 5-6 Freshman Galena, Ill.
24 Kendra Witte Outside Hitter 6-0 Sophomore Mediapolis, Iowa
25 Emily Dlugosz Outside Hitter 5-8 Sophomore Lockport, Ill.
26 Annie Meyer Outside Hitter 5-8 Sophomore Bernard, Iowa
27 Sarrah Farraday Outside Hitter 5-8 Junior Wheaton, Ill.
28 Kenzie Hillis Outside Hitter 5-8 Freshman Calumet City, Ill.
29 Lauren Tucker Outside Hitter 5-8 Sophomore Lancaster, Wis.
32 Katelyn Howe Middle Hitter 5-10 Freshman Clinton, Iowa
35 Lacey McMillion Outside Hitter 5-9 Freshman Moline, Ill.
36 Katie Hummel Opposite Hitter 5-6 Freshman Knoxville, Ill.

2018 Varsity Schedule

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 

at Rhodes College Invitational

 

 

Aug. 31

vs. Sewanee University

Memphis, TN

W, 3-2

Aug. 31

vs. Rhodes College

Memphis, TN

W, 3-1

Sept. 1

vs. Brevard College

Memphis, TN

W, 3-0

Sept. 1

vs. Birmingham-Southern College

Memphis, TN

L, 1-3

Sept. 5

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

L, 0-3

Sept. 7-8

at Loras College Invitational

 

 

Sept. 7

vs. Gustavus Adolphus College

Dubuque, IA 

L, 0-3

Sept. 7

vs. Dominican University

Dubuque, IA 

W, 3-0

Sept. 8

vs. North Central College

Dubuque, IA 

W, 3-0

Sept. 8

vs. Monmouth College

Dubuque, IA 

W, 3-1

Sept. 12

vs. Coe College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Sept. 14

vs. Cornell College

Dubuque, IA

L, 1-3

Sept. 19

vs. Wartburg College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Sept. 21

at Marian University

Fond du Lac, WI

L, 0-3

Sept. 22

at Carroll University 

Waukesha, WI

L, 0-3

Sept. 22

at Lawrence University

Waukesha, WI

W, 3-0

Sept. 25

at Luther College*

Decorah, IA

W, 3-2

Sept. 29

vs. UW-River Falls vs. UD

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Oct. 5

vs. Buena Vista University* 

Dubuque, IA

L, 2-3

Oct. 6

vs. Nebraska Wesleyan*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 9

at Iowa Wesleyan University

Mount Pleasant, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 12

at North Park University

Chicago, IL 

W, 3-2

Oct. 12

at Kalamazoo College

Chicago, IL

W, 3-1

Oct. 13

at Wheaton College

Wheaton, IL

W, 3-0

Oct. 13

at Millikin College

Wheaton, IL 

W, 3-1

Oct. 16

vs. UW-Platteville

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 19

at Simpson College*

Indianola, IA

L, 1-3

Oct. 20

at Central College*

Pella, IA

W, 3-2

Oct. 24

at Loras College*

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Oct. 26

vs. Alverno College

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Oct. 26

vs. Grinnell College

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-1

Oct. 30

A-R-C Tournament First Round - Bye

TBA

Bye

Nov. 1

A-R-C Tournament Semis vs Coe

Dubuque, IA

W, 3-0

Nov. 3 

A-R-C Tournament Championship
at Wartburg

Waverly, Iowa

W, 3-1

Nov. 9

NCAA Division III Tournament First Round
vs. Univ. of Chicago

Chicago, Ill.

8:00 PM

 

2018 Varsity Reserve Schedule

Sept. 4

vs. Emmaus College

Dubuque, IA

6 p.m.

Sept. 5

at Augustana College

Rock Island, IL

5:30 p.m.

Sept. 11

at Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

5 p.m.

Sept. 12

vs. Coe College

Dubuque, IA

6 p.m. 

Sept. 14

at Cornell College

Mount Vernon, IA

5:30 p.m.

Sept. 19

vs. Wartburg College

Dubuque, IA

6 p.m.

Sept. 20

vs. Clarke University

Dubuque, IA

6:30 p.m.

Sept. 25

at Luther College

Decorah, IA

6 p.m.

Sept. 26

vs. St. Ambrose University

Dubuque, IA

6:30 p.m.

Sept. 30

at Southeast C.C. Tourney

Burlington, IA

TBA

Oct. 3

at St. Ambrose University

Davenport, IA

6:30 p.m.

Oct. 5

vs. Buena Vista University

Dubuque, IA

6 p.m.

Oct. 6

vs. Nebraska Wesleyan

Dubuque, IA

12:30 p.m.

Oct. 9

at Iowa Wesleyan University

Mount Pleasant, IA

6 p.m.

Oct. 19

at Simpson College

Indianola, IA

6 p.m.

Oct. 20

at Central College

Pella, IA

12:30 p.m.

Oct. 24

at Loras College

Dubuque, IA

6 p.m.

Oct. 27

at IIAC JV Tourney

Indianola, IA

TBA

April Elsbernd
April Elsbernd
Head Women's Volleyball Coach; Adjunct Faculty

BA, Coe College
MS, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse

Office Phone: 563.589.3231
E-mail: AElsbernd@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 314 Stoltz Sports Center
Fax: 563.589.3425
Biography - Click to Open

April Elsbernd joined the University of Dubuque Athletic Department in the Spring of 2009 and is a native of Calmar, Iowa (South Winneshiek High School). The 2018 season will be her 10th season with the Spartans.

University of Dubuque Volleyball student-athletes have earned 53 IIAC All-Academic individual honors, accounted for nine straight American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Academic Team awards, and ten All-IIAC selections during her nine seasons at the helm of the program. 

During the 2017 season, the Spartans secured a 3rd place finish in the Iowa Conference and a quarterfinal victory in the IIAC tournament behind Honorable Mention All-American, Karrah Davis. They finished the season with the most wins since 1995 (28-7), and began the season with a 12-0 match winning streak.

Prior to coaching at the University of Dubuque, Elsbernd spent one season as head coach at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge, Iowa; and three seasons as an assistant at Cornell College.

She attended and played collegiate volleyball at Coe College from 1999-2002 and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology, Public Relations and Speech Communications.  She was a four-year letterwinner and earned Academic All-Iowa Conference honors in 2001 and 2002.

Elsbernd has experience coaching at numerous volleyball camps and clinics, and has been involved with the USAV Iowa Region High Performance program since 2011; learning from and interacting with USA Volleyball coaches and USA Olympic Athletes.

In addition to her role as the head volleyball coach at UD, she is an adjunct instructor for the Health, Wellness and Sport department and the First-Year Experience department. She has also had the opportunity to travel abroad (Italy, London, Paris, and Costa Rica) with a number of undergraduate courses.

Elsbernd graduated with a Master of Science degree in Sport Administration from the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse in 2007; and is currently working on her Ed.D in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in Wheeling, IL.

 
Volleyball Coaching Record at the University of Dubuque
Year Overall IIAC    
2009 11-22 2-6 7th place  
2010 6-26 0-8 9th place  
2011 16-18 3-5 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2012 15-20 4-3 4th place    *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2013 12-21 2-5 4th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2014 12-24 2-5 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2015 17-18 3-4 6th place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
2016 15-17 2-6 7th place  
2017 28-7 5-3 3rd place *IIAC Tournament Qualifier
 TOTAL    131-173     23-45     All-Time UD Wins Leader

Milica Zmiric
Milica Zmiric
Graduate Assistant Volleyball Coach

BA, University of New Orleans; Psychology

Office Phone: 563.589.3377
E-mail: MZmiric@dbq.edu 
Office Location: 106 Stoltz Sports Center
Biography - Click to Open

Milica Zmiric joined the University of Dubuque in 2017 as a Graduate Assistant of the Volleyball team. Zmiric is a native of Serbia where she was a member of the Serbian Youth National Team.

After graduating high school she accepted to play at the College of Southern Idaho (CSI). That year in 2013 at CSI, they were the NJCAA National Champions. She then transferred to Lakeland College where she played for one season. While at Lakeland College, Milica helped them win their conference championship. She then continued her college athletic career at Chicago State University and the University of New Orleans. While at the University of New Orleans she was a member of both the indoor and beach teams.

She received her degree in psychology at the University of New Orleans in December 2016. She will be pursuing her master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Dubuque.


Karrah Davis
Karrah Davis
Graduate Assistant - Athletic Department/Volleyball

BS, University of Dubuque

Office Phone: 563.589.3377
E-mail: KRDavis@dbq.edu 

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