Volleyball Lose in IIAC Tournament Semifinals

Nov 3, 2017

 2017 IIAC Tournament Semifinals

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - The University of Dubuque Spartans jumped out to an early lead on Friday night in the opening set of the 2017 IIAC Women's Volleyball Tournament Semifinals by a 9-3 margin. Wartburg College would rally to capture three straight sets by 25-23, 25-14, 25-17 to take the match 3-0.

Senior Karrah Davis led the offense with 16 kills and collected 13 defensive digs. Alyssa Cose had 23 set assists and Jenna Runde led the defensive effort with 14 digs. The Spartans finish the season 28-7 overall for coach April Elsbernd.

Three members of the University of Dubuque volleyball team were named to the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Conference team which was released on Thursday, Nov. 2. After the program’s best season since 1995, Alyssa Cose, Jenna Runde and Karrah Davis were all selected to the team.

Seniors, Alyssa Cose (Sherrill, Iowa/Hempstead) and Karrah Davis (Dubuque, Iowa/Hempstead), led the Spartans high powered offense which led the Iowa Conference in team kills and assists. Karrah Davis led all individuals in the IIAC with 472 kills and 4.58 kills per set. Alyssa Cose led the IIAC in assists with a total of 1152 and 9.76 per set. Cose had 170 more assists than the next person on the list. 

Junior and defensive specialist, Jenna Runde (Elgin, Ill./Burlington Central), played and started all 33 regular season games for the Spartans. Runde led the Spartans and was third in the Iowa Conference with 512 digs and 4.65 per set.